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Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky is one of the living sages of the Jewish People. He resides in the Land of Israel, near Tel Aviv.
The Rav has afternoon visiting hours. Each year he receives thousands of visitors. Both religious and secular come to seek his wisdom.
Recently, a man having trouble finding a shidduch (match) visited the Rav.
The teary-eyed man explained he cannot find a shidduch, asking Rav Kanievsky for a blessing.
The Rav gazed at the man, probed his details somewhat and reportedly responded, “Your soulmate hasn’t been born. Blessings and success."
End of interview.
Question for your table: Try to imagine yourself in this man's shoes. How would you have reacted?
The man left in tears, devastated by the holy rabbi's words.
Less than two months later, the man returned to Rav Kanievsky. This time he was smiling.
In fact he was grinning. He had good news.
"I am engaged!"
That would be great news to hear from anyone. But under these circumstances, the Rav's attendants were nonplussed. Who could forget what Rav Kanievsky had said?
The groom explained that his new fiancée is a convert, who completed her conversion only a month earlier.
According to Jewish tradition, a convert is regarded as a "newborn baby" (Talmud Yevamot 22a).