The Happiest Person in the World


Rav Yitzchok Ohev-Tzion, one of Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s close associates, recently commented to him Torah that it had occurred to him that the happiest person during the recent Yom Tov of Simchas Torah was Rav Chaim. “After all,” he said, “the rov completes the entire Torah every Erev Pesach, since he has daily sedorim in Bavli, Yerushalmi, Shulchan Aruch, Mishnah Berurah, Medrashim, and other things as well.”

Rav Chaim merely smiled in response.

Rav Yitzchok added that Rav Chaim’s grandson – who is also a grandson of Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman – related that he had once heard Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman declare on Simchas Torah, “Do you know who the happiest person in the world is? It’s Rav Chaim!”

Rav Chaim smiled in response and said, “He probably said that on Purim.”

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. Aside from the obvious lesson that pikudei H’ yesharim Reb Chaim shlita has a healthy sense of humor. Those who think a serious demeanor makes one more important would be wise to note this.

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