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Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, 92, diagnosed with coronavirus

“We should pray for the healing of Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Kanievsky son of Pasha Miriam.”

October 2, 2020

One of the leading rabbis of the non-hassidic haredi world, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, 92, has been diagnosed with coronavirus.”Following a change in the body temperature of the great rabbi, he was examined and found positive for coronavirus,” his spokesperson said in a statement.

The rabbi feels good and is continuing with his usual studies, under close medical supervision, according to the statement. The rabbi is calling on his followers to study the Talmudic tractate Brachot and to read Psalms in his honor.

Later, The Rishon Lezion Hagari Yosef announced that it was “a mitzvah for each and every person to pray for the complete health” of the rabbi.

“Together, with all the people of Israel, we pray for the speedy recovery of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky,” said Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion upon hearing about the diagnosis. “During our holiday prayers, we should pray for the healing of Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Kanievsky son of Pasha Miriam.

“President Reuven Rivlin and Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that they, too, were praying for the rabbi, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that he wishes a “quick and complete recovery to the Torah genius, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky.”

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