Time and time again, Chani has faced the crushing disappointment of another shidduch date gone wrong. “When will it be my turn?” she prays, with tears in her eyes. It seems there is nowhere to turn.
Rivka used to love to play with friends’ babies. Lately, however, the sight of them causes more pain than joy. Married for five years, she and her husband have yet to be blessed with children. In the daylight she is strong, but in the dark of the night she is devastated. She feels helpless: “If only there were something I could do.”
These issues are as prevalent as ever among the women of klal yisroel today. No one knows the nisyonos of the Jewish people better than Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlit”a, who receives hundreds of daily visitors in his home in Bnei Brak. Each eager visitor comes for wisdom or a bracha, often waiting in long lines with the hope of bringing more blessing into their lives.
The Rav’s time is precious and his words meaningful, which is why he only gives them to causes of the utmost importance. One such cause is that of Yeshivas Bircas Yosef, a Torah learning institution under the auspices of Rav Mordechai Tzion, grandson of Rav Kanievsky. The yeshiva prides itself on its individualized attention, a concept inspired by Rav Chaim himself.
Despite its proximity to the gedolim, however, Yeshivas Bircas Yosef is in a state of crisis: having moved in recent years, the yeshiva has yet to recover from the financial burden and is struggling to cover its expenses. The administration is desperate to keep the yeshiva’s doors open, so that the talmidim can continue to grow in their learning and yiras shomayim.
Rav Kanievsky has penned a rare handwritten letter [translated from Hebrew], with a powerful bracha for all women who help and donate to the yeshiva:
“I am dedicating a special brocha to all the Bnos Yisrael who volunteer to participate and donate to Yeshivas Bircas Yosef and I bless them that they should merit to find their fitting zivug and have zera shel kayama very soon. – Rav Chaim Kanievsky”
It is a striking bracha, relevant to some of the most pressing issues of our time. Those who are struggling to start a family of their own, or who have a loved one who is, can receive Rav Chaim’s bracha by donating here.