Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlita is the “Sar HaTorah,” the gadol ha’dor whose simple home is a magnet drawing all of Klal Yisrael to him. From the four corners of the earth they come, for advice, berachos, Torah insights, or just for the opportunity to gaze at a face that radiates kedushah.
But those who can’t travel to that small and holy home on Rechov Rashbam can still bask in Rav Chaim’s presence and learn from his wisdom, his customs, and his life experiences. They can bring a touch of Rav Chaim to their Shabbos table – through The Rosedale and Wilheim Families Edition – Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Chumash.
The recently-released first volume, on Sefer Bereishis, was hailed by thousands of readers as an instant classic. Now, as we follow Bnei Yisrael through their slavery and liberation in Egypt during the weekly Torah readings, we can enhance our understanding of Sefer Shemos with Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Chumash, Volume 2, Sefer Shemos.
Rabbi Shai Graucher, who compiled Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Chumash, is a frequent and welcome visitor to Rav Chaim and a close friend of the Kanievsky family. He pored through all of Rav Chaim’s many Torah writings, learned with him, and collected his insights and comments on the Chumash. He has been privileged to hear many true stories directly from Rav Chaim and his family and these, too, are included. Everything has been adapted and translated for maximum readability and clarity.
In these pages, we will be fascinated by Rav Chaim’s minhagim and practices. We will be inspired by his compassion and care for others. And we will enjoy Rav Chaim’s Torah insights. He has a way of taking puzzling maamarei Chazal and making them crystal clear – and a delight to share with family and guests.
And the stories! Oh, those stories, of his beloved wife, Rebbetzin Batsheva Kanievsky a’h, and the others in his illustrious family – his father, the Steipler; his uncle, the Chazon Ish; his father-in-law, Rav Elyashiv, zecher tzaddikim livrachah – and, of course of Rav Chaim himself.
As we read through Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Chumash, we can almost hear the voice of this incomparable gadol b’Yisrael, in his Torah insights, his guidance in all matters large and small, and in his warm and personal stories of his family.