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Mourners eulogize Kanievsky as unparalleled leader at mass Bnei Brak funeral

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray and wait as they gather outside the home of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky in Bnei Brak, ahead of his funeral on March 20, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray and wait as they gather outside the home of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky in Bnei Brak, ahead of his funeral on March 20, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

Eulogies at the funeral of Haredi leader Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky remember him as an unparalleled scholar and spiritual leader.

Rabbi Yitzchok Zilberstein, 88, delivers a eulogy for Kanievsky, his brother-in-law. Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, 98, seen as the heir to Kanievsky’s leadership, also delivers a eulogy, which appears to be broadcast over loudspeakers from a separate location.

“There is a man who is weighed against the whole rest of the nation,” says Zilberstein. “God almighty takes the man who is weighed against all the people in order to atone for the people of Israel.”

Edelstein says that there is nobody else who can parallel Kanievsky’s level of influence “here and anywhere else in the world.”

Rabbi Shlomo Kanievsky, the late rabbi’s son, calls him “unparalleled in his generation” and praises his dedication to Torah study and to encouraging ultra-Orthodox youth to dedicate themselves to full-time study.

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