In the Kanievsky home, preparations for Succos started literally right after Pesach, as the Rebbetzin put the leftover matzah on the side, to be ground into flour that would be used when she baked challah for Succos. An esrog was chosen two months before the holiday, and Rav Chaim himself would go to pick the schach. Then, as the festival started, the lofty levels of rejoicing and dveikus began.
We can no longer see Rav Chaim’s radiant face as he sat, surrounded by his succah walls, but we can feel the happiness and the kedushah through his writings about the yom tov, and, of course, through stories that capture his total immersion in the mitzvos of Succos. Written by Rav Avraham Yeshaya Shteinman, grandson of both Rav Chaim and Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman, Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Succos includes:
• Rav Chaim’s halachic rulings and his customs on Succos, the arbaah minim, Chol Hamoed, Hoshanah Rabbah, Shemini Atzeres, Simchas Torah and Sefer Koheles
• Insights on many aspects of the yom tov, including the Succos tefillos, the “mitzvah” of joy, and dozens of other topics related to the holiday, perfect to be shared with family and friends in your succah
• Warm and personal stories of the Chazon Ish, the Steipler Gaon, Rav Chaim and the Rebbetzin, Rav Shach, Rav Elyashiv, Rav Michel Yehudah Lefkowitz and other luminaries
Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Succos will enhance your yom tov – and increase your joy in this “time of our rejoicing.”