May 15, 2011

Rav Chaim Kanievsky's Mice Bring Wealth

It looks like Rav Chaim Kanievsky is becoming a specialist in rodents, and his blessings and advice are particularly effective with mice.

We already had the story that happened recently where Rav Kanievsky advised someone to give maaser in order to get rid of mice he was having a problem with.

Now we have another story with Rav Kanievsky and mice.

Rav Chaim Kanievsky
The head of an institution dealing in kiruv went to Rav Chaim Kanievsky looking for advice. He laid it all out saying how his institution is in tremendous debt, to the tune of $24,000, and because of it he might have to shut down for good. The burden has become too much for him and his family.

Rav Kanievsky told him not to shut the institution but to keep dealing in kiruv despite the debts and difficulties, and everything will be fine.

A few weeks later the fellow began some light renovations on the building housing the institution. During the renovations, he noticed he had a problem with mice. Looking further, and laying traps, he discovered where the mice were coming from. He discovered the hole in which they were living, and when he pried it open he found, besides for the mice, two dusty boxes full of old silver coins.

Upon further research he discovered each coin was worth $160, as they were rare coins from the time of the British Mandate. He went to rabbonim to ask what to do with them, if he could keep and use them, which after some research he was told he could keep them.

He went home and opened the boxes to see the spoils of war. Between the two boxes he discovered that he had 150 coins, worth $160 each. That gave him a grand total of $24,000 - just enough to perfectly cover his debt. (source: Bechadrei)

I know what I am doing next time we have mice.


  1. Does this work with ants? 'Cause I have a stream of them outside my back door....

  2. With mice, giving "micer" (the Yiddishe-accented version of Maaser) is actually a pun!

  3. dont really understand this story, as the fellow would have had to pay 2,400 off the top as maaser, leaving him with 21,600 not enough to cover the debt


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