Rabbi Kanievsky’s sons embroiled in bitter inheritance dispute

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Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, the de-facto head in Israel of the Lithuanian department of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, who died final month, was thought-about by many as the best rabbinical scholar of his technology. His funeral was one of many largest ever seen in Israel and it now appears that many are ready to pay large quantities for the writings related together with his religious heritage, and this has sparked a dispute amongst his heirs.

US ultra-Orthodox businessman Eliezer (Louis) Scheiner, who owns (collectively together with his associate Teddy Lichtenstein) a sequence of dozens of nursing properties in Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida and lives in Monsey, New York has provided $7 million for the unique writings of the commentaries revealed by Rabbi Kanievsky’s on the Jerusalem Talmud, in line with sources near the matter. Up to now Scheiner was cited by the US media as an vital donor to former US President Donald Trump. In Israel he’s well-known for his main donations to the annual occasion in Uman of the Breslov haredi neighborhood.

After the demise of Rabbi Kanievsky, Scheiner approached his son Shaul and provided to purchase the commentaries from the household. After negotiations with Shaul Kanievsky, they agreed a price of $7 million. Nonetheless, Shaul Kanievsky’s brothers had no information of the matter and solely discovered by chance.

This discovery has resulted in an acrimonious inheritance dispute carried out discreetly over the previous few weeks. On the one aspect is Shaul Kanievsky who lives within the household house of his late father and is taken into account the main determine among the many late Rabbi Kanievsky’s followers, whereas pitted towards him are his two older brothers Avraham Yeshayahu, who was additionally near their father and wrote a number of books with him and Shlomo, the top of the Kiryat Melekh Yeshiva who was much less concerned together with his father’s followers.

Shaul Kanievsky has informed his brothers that their father meant for him to be his sole inheritor. His two older brothers have been astonished by this information and demand that their father at all times mentioned that his inheritance can be bequeathed in line with Torah regulation. Rabbi Kanievsky had eight youngsters – three sons and 5 daughters and in line with Torah regulation his inheritance must be divided between the three sons.

The dearth of religion between the events has led to an order halting any sale of the late rabbi’s commentaries and the edges have turned to New York based mostly actual property tycoon and philanthropist Rubin Schron, a detailed confidante of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, to mediate. Schron along with Charles Bronfman have been the previous controlling shareholders in Israel Low cost Financial institution (TASE: DSCT).

The dispute has not solely put the brothers at loggerheads but in addition two of the cousins who managed their grandfather’s house for a few years. On the one aspect is Aryeh Kanievsky, the son of Avraham Yeshayahu, and on the opposite aspect Yanki Kanievsky, the son of Shaul, who featured prominently within the Israeli media over the previous two years when he was filmed encouraging his gradfather to oppose Covid restrictions in Yeshivot.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky lived modestly however his intensive writings and their worth mixed with the household house in Bnei Brak imply that his property is value an estimated tens of tens of millions of {dollars}.

The Kanievsky household declined to touch upon the dispute.

Printed by Globes, Israel enterprise information – en.globes.co.il – on April 28, 2022.

© Copyright of Globes Writer Itonut (1983) Ltd., 2022.


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