Change the Clock? Not at Rav Chaim’s Home

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At the beginning of last week, the clock in Eretz Yisroel was moved back one hour to winter time.

Several people asked Rav Chaim Kanievky’s grandson what Rav Chaim, whose every moment is calculated, does with the “extra” hour when the clock is changed. Does he learn something special during that hour? How does it affect his set sedorim?

The answer is surprising: The clocks at Rav Chaim’s home are never changed, his grandson said. They stay all year on winter time. The same, Rav Chaim’s grandson said, is the case at the Lederman Shul on Rechov Rashbam near Rav Chaim’s home; the clock is not changed. Minchah there the entire year is at 12:30.

For those around Rav Chaim, the times change as the clocks change, and thus during Daylight Saving Time, Mincha for them is at 1:30 p.m.

Rav Chaim has been asked why he doesn’t change the clock. He said, “Because those in government change their clocks, I have to do so too?”

Occasionally, this reality causes confusion, with some people not being aware of the fact that the clocks in Rav Chaim’s home weren’t changed. Thus, when, for example, Rav Chaim is asked to serve as sandek at a bris, his household double checks to ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding the time.

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. מרן שר התורה שליט”א הוא למעלה מן הזמן המדומה שלהם

    ליכא ענין של דינא דמלכותא דינא בזה לכאורה

  2. may we all learn to spend our time wisely & not let even a single our of our life go wasted

    may you learn it today-before you start getting old-how precious life is & every day & hour is another gezeira you should live another day/hour. “uvacharta bachaim…” Hashem doesn’t just say this person will live to 108 & this one to 115 etc… every single day is a gift of life


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