Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rumors Dispelled

Matzav.com reports:
A number of rumors have circulated over the last couple of weeks in the frum world, attributing statements regarding the economy and the state of politics to Rav Chaim kanievsky. The rumors included a statement that a war will break out during Chanukah and that the prices of apartment in Eretz Yisroel will drop dramatically at that time. Based on these rumors, a number of bochurim have even cancelled trips abroad and others have pushed off purchasing homes in anticipation of a drop in prices.

The excitement even reached the ears of chareidi journalists who tried to clarify if the rumors are in fact true. A number of people actually went to Rav Chaim’s home in Bnei Brak to ascertain the veracity of the rumors.

Rav Aryeh Kanievsky, a grandson and confidante of Rav Chaim, denied the rumors and said that Rav Chaim never said any of the things being attributed to him.

To those who ask, Rav Chaim responds that every day he waits for Moshiach, whenever he will come. As for purchasing apartments, Rav Chaim said that the opposite of what is being said is true. He said that it is best to buy apartments as soon as possible and not to wait.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Newscenter}

2 Comments:

At Tue Dec 23, 03:51:00 PM 2008, Anonymous josh waxman said...

this is a good reminder that such speculation is not just fun and games (and an expression of fervent messianic belief), but has real implications to people on the ground.

i wonder if the rumors themselves depressed real estate prices in some markets, by causing a drop in demand...

KT,
Josh

 
At Tue Dec 23, 11:45:00 PM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He said that it is best to buy apartments as soon as possible and not to wait."

And this he DID say?

 

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