Hours before the start of the Shavuot holiday (Festival of Weeks), the Siach Emunah institute published video clips of the late Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky learning Torah.
At the same time, the institute aired a never-before-seen video clip on the subject of Torah learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the video, Rabbi Kanievsky's grandson can be seen asking, "There is now this plague, which is spreading, and there are many many people sick in Bnei Brak and in Jerusalem, an unending number of sick people, including in our community. And people are asking: Why did G-d bring this plague upon us?"
Rabbi Kanievsky then responded, "So that they will fear." He added that the public should "learn Torah."
The grandson then told Rabbi Kanievsky that there are those who say that because they continued learning as usual, the pandemic spread even more, and caused widespread infection.
"There was never such a thing," Rabbi Kanievsky answered firmly.
Watch the Hebrew video here: