In continuation of our post earlier this week about our being in the times of Moshiach (SEE HERE) we thought it interesting to note : Maran Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s chavrusa related that Rav Chaim has lately been speaking about Mashiah all the time. Last week, a Jew from Argentina came to him, wanting to ask about a certain topic, and Rav Chaim didn’t answer him. Rather, he told him, “Gather your family and come to Israel. Otherwise, there won’t be enough room for you on the airplanes.” – Apiryon Shelomo: (p. 2, bottom of left column, my translation)
All this is in addition to an unconfirmed report of a Rav who went to Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, recently to ask for a haskamah (approval) letter for his soon to be published book. The book is about Eicha, lamentations that we read on Tisha B’Av. Rav Chaim said it won’t be needed this year. Rav Chaim, who recently told us that Moshiach is at the door, is hinting to the fact that the mourning and fasting of Tisha B’Av will revert to a feast day. Tradition has it that when Moshiach is announced, Tisha B’Av will change from a fast day of lamentations to a feast day of celebration. Does that mean that Moshiach will be announced within the next three weeks? With all that is happening in the world, especially in Israel, I think it is looking very good!
Rav Kanievsky has asked the tzibur to be mispallel for IDF soldiers during Operation Protective Edge as well as increasing limud Torah as the IDF counter-terrorism operation in Gaza continues. Rav Kanievsky quotes Rav Wasserman HY”D in the name of the Gra ZT”L, that a Heavenly decree (kitrug) is extinguished with Torah. In addition, when seeing so many miracles one must be mechazeik in one’s emunah and bitachon in HKBH for our lives are truly miraculous. To accomplish this Rav Kanievsky explains we must study the appropriate seforim, such as חיי עולם, the beginning of the second chapter, where the Steipler ZT”L wrote a list of seforim that address being mechazeik in one’s emunah. – From Here