Rav Chaim Kanievsky: You Employ Arabs? You Deserve an Onesh


rav-chaim-kanievskyIn the middle of last week, an avreich visited the home of Rav Chaim Kanievsky and  asked for a bracha for success in an upcoming court case with respect to his employment of Arabs.

The yungerman first related that he has a court case and wishes a bracha.

Rav Chaim asked, “What do you have a court case regarding?”

The avreich replied, “The employment of Arabs.”

Rav Chaim looked at the avreich and with uncharacteristic sharfkeit said, “What do you want from me? You deserve an onesh (punishment).”
The avrech was surprised and said he did not understand: “I deserve an onesh?” he asked in shock.

Rav Chaim replied: “Do not you know better than to employ Arabs? They are rotzchim. Those who employ them deserve an onesh.”

The avreich tried, nevertheless, to ask for a bracha for the case but to no avail.

This is the second time that Rav Chaim has made a statement regarding this issue. The last time was after the brutal attack on Yeshivas Merkaz Harav in Yerushalayim. Hanhala members of a Bnei Brak yeshiva had come to Rav Chaim and said that they employed an Arab and feared he would commit a terrorist act.

Rav Chaim at the time responded, “According to halacha, in no way may one employ Arabs, especially in yeshivos. It is sakonas nefashos.”

Rav Chaim added, “We are at war with them… Are there no Yidden to employ and give parnassah?”

 {Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}  


  1. Gadol hador. very simple and clear thoughts, althgough we try not to see them… “It is sakonas nefashos.”….”“We are at war with them… Are there no Yidden to employ and give parnassah?”

  2. There is another reason too. Recently Gedolei Yisroel in Eretz Yirael signed a Kol Koreh stating that people should not hire arab workers because of the immense danger they pose to the daughters of Israel. This was done in a joint effort with Yad L’Achim who knows too well about these tragedies. Now you have 2 reasons why not to hire Arabs!

  3. I wish every Rav, Rebbe and Yid in the world would feel like Rav Kanievsky Shlita! Then we would not have to have these reshaim in our midst and employ them. I would rather pay more for wages than to employ or have any contact or buy anything from them! Und noch a schanda, zu fraigen far a bracha fun a Godol HaDor far a farstingenier araber!!!!

  4. #2 your comment scares me; “…is so correct…” you decided Rav Kanievsky is correct, so now he’s correct? Where is your kovod hatorah?

  5. This is not a new psak, it has been said many times already. STILL every frum makolet, yeshiva, mikva, farm hires arabs to do work.

  6. This sounds just like the tshuva R’ chaim gave the bachur who asked him for a brocha before an upcoming speeding courtcase.. mamesh leshitaso!!