Rockets Falling in Bnei Brak - Chazon Ish Version
by S. R.
Now that the war has ended in Eretz Yisrael B"H, it behooves
us to introspect and thank Hashem for His daily miracles for
us. Thousands of missiles were fired and very few were hurt.
As a Bnei Brak resident, I feel Hashem's tremendous chessed
towards us for having planted the godol hador, the Chazon
Ish, in our midst, who blessed the city in his time that no
rockets fall in this city. And being that "tzaddikim are
greater after death than in their lifetimes," as HaRav Chaim
Kanievsky declared, this blessing was effective in our
period as well.
Regarding the Chazon Ish's blessing, I would like to add a
story that appeared in the Devorim Musaf Shabbos Kodesh in
the "Tachas Hasichim" column which happened to HaRav Michel
Roth, one of the original settlers of Bnei Brak (of whom the
writer is a grandchild), who many years ago [during the war
in 1948] discovered a bomb intact on the roof of the central
Beis Haknesses. When R' Michel asked the Chazon Ish, `But
didn't Maran say that no bombs would fall on Bnei Brak?' he
replied with a question, `Were there any injured?' When he
admitted that there hadn't been any, the Chazon Ish
dismissed it. Thus his guarantee relates to the fact that
Bnei Brakers are not injured from falling missiles.
In this context, I heard a talk from HaRav Chaim Chervkovsky
that during the Gulf War in 5751, on one motzei Shabbos when
everyone in the Lederman shul went out for Kiddush Levana, a
siren blew and the worshipers dispersed. HaRav Chaim
Kanievsky also hurried off to his home. The speaker
testifies that he heard one of the mispallelim asked him
that it is known the Rav says that the Chazon Ish guaranteed
that no missile would fall upon Bnei Brak, to which he
replied, `Nevertheless, we are not promised protection
against shell fragments and must do hishtadlus.' These words
perfectly apply to our times when we really saw fragments
falling - and yet no one was harmed.
This year as well, HaRav Chaim was asked about those shell
fragments falling on Bnei Brak and he noted as above, that
the main thing is that no one was injured.