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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 branch of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, who died previous thirty day period, was viewed as by many as the greatest rabbinical scholar of his era. His funeral was a single of the largest at any time noticed in Israel and it now would seem that quite a few are well prepared to pay huge amounts for the writings associated with his non secular heritage, and this has sparked a dispute among the his heirs.

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US ultra-Orthodox businessman Eliezer (Louis) Scheiner, who owns (alongside one another with his companion Teddy Lichtenstein) a chain of dozens of nursing homes in Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida and life in Monsey, New York has presented $7 million for the authentic writings of the commentaries published by Rabbi Kanievsky’s on the Jerusalem Talmud, according to resources close to the issue. In the past Scheiner was cited by the US media as an critical donor to former US President Donald Trump. In Israel he is properly identified for his key donations to the yearly celebration in Uman of the Breslov haredi group.

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After the loss of life of Rabbi Kanievsky, Scheiner approached his son Shaul and made available to get the commentaries from the loved ones. Following negotiations with Shaul Kanievsky, they agreed a payment of $7 million. However, Shaul Kanievsky’s brothers experienced no understanding of the issue and only uncovered out by incident.

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This discovery has resulted in an acrimonious inheritance dispute conducted discreetly about the past couple weeks. On the just one facet is Shaul Kanievsky who lives in the family household of his late father and is thought of the top figure among the the late Rabbi Kanievsky’s followers, when pitted against him are his two more mature brothers Avraham Yeshayahu, who was also close to their father and wrote several textbooks with him and Shlomo, the head of the Kiryat Melekh Yeshiva who was a lot less associated with his father’s followers.

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Shaul Kanievsky has instructed his brothers that their father intended for him to be his sole heir. His two more mature brothers were being astonished by this information and insist that their father always stated that his inheritance would be bequeathed in accordance to Torah regulation. Rabbi Kanievsky experienced eight little ones – three sons and 5 daughters and according to Torah law his inheritance ought to be divided concerning the 3 sons.

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The absence of religion involving the parties has led to an buy halting any sale of the late rabbi’s commentaries and the sides have turned to New York primarily based serious estate tycoon and philanthropist Rubin Schron, a shut confidante of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, to mediate. Schron collectively with Charles Bronfman ended up the previous controlling shareholders in Israel Discounted Lender (TASE: DSCT).

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The dispute has not only place the brothers at loggerheads but also two of the cousins who managed their grandfather’s house for several a long time. On the 1 facet is Aryeh Kanievsky, the son of Avraham Yeshayahu, and on the other facet Yanki Kanievsky, the son of Shaul, who showcased prominently in the Israeli media in excess of the previous two several years when he was filmed encouraging his gradfather to oppose Covid restrictions in Yeshivot.

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Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky lived modestly but his extensive writings and their price put together with the spouse and children house in Bnei Brak suggest that his estate is worth an estimated tens of tens of millions of pounds.

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The Kanievsky spouse and children declined to comment on the dispute.

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Published by Globes, Israel business information – en.globes.co.il – on April 28, 2022.

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