Sep 19, 2010
I didn't go to shul this Yom Kippur
Here is my Yom Kippur round-up:
I decided I did not have to go to shul and daven this Yom Kippur.
Why not? Am I crazy? On Yom Kippur to skip shul?
Well, During Kol Nidre Rav Elyashiv daveed for me. During maariv the Vaad HaRabbonim davened for me. During Shacharis "Kupat Ha'Ir" davened for me. Mussaf was "HeeDabrut" davening for me. Mincha - Yad L'Achim davened for me. And Neilah had Rav Chaim Kanievsky davening for me.
That is the Yom Kippur joke going around... I really did go to shul this Yom Kippur.
And speaking of having donated to tzedakos, Kupat Ha'Ir put up a major advertising blitz before Yom Kippur saying that Rav Kanievsky promised that anyone who donates to Kupat Ha'Ir would merit to be victorious in din on Yom Kippur.
Obviously a promise like that will attract donors in the droves, because you just donate a reasonable amount of money and all the hard work is done.
Rav Ganot, a confidante of Rav Kanievsky, asked him, on Erev Yom Kippur, how he could say such a thing as we don't see such promises made anywhere in Chazal for giving tzedaka.
Rav Kanievsky's answer was that he never made such a promise. He says he only said that whoever donates, it will surely help him be zoche in din. But he says he never promised that if you donate you will be zoche in din.
So now the question remains why he, or his askanim, allows them to continuously say things in his name that he never said. This isn't the first time he was asked about something he was quoted as having said for Kuopat Ha'Ir that he later denied, so why does he a) allow it to continue happening and b)continue to let them use his name and image at all?
And if they collected tzedaka under false pretenses and using a promise that was never made, why do they not have to give back the money collected under that campaign?
And why do the people who release such stories and statements only do so after the fact, when it is too late to put a stop to the insanity?