You’ve Learned His Seforim. But Do You Know His Story?



Surrounded at all times by speculation and curiosity, it is an exclusive few who are able to permeate the inner workings of the home life of Rav Chaim Kanievsky. Regular audience with the Rav is often limited to close family members, and learning Torah with the Rav is nearly unheard of. This makes it all the more impressive that Rav Uri Tiger, a young man, has been hand-selected to aide Rav Kanievsky in the writing of his seforim. Though such a privilege would be expected to be extended to a much older man, yet Rav Tiger, a young father of six, has helped to author seforim such as Nezer HaChaim, Derech Ish, and more.


Though Rav Tiger appears to be ‘living the dream’ in public, he conceals a tragic and chaotic home life: The Tiger family is extremely poor. They are currently living in a tiny, dilapidated apartment, and are suffering greatly. Their situation has recently become much more urgent: With just days left to reside in their decrepit apartment until being kicked out, the young talmid chacham, his wife, and their six children are now facing homelessness.


Rav Chaim Kanievsky has issued a letter to the public on behalf of his aide:


“…We are coming to the aid of our friend R’ Uri Tiger shlita, the author of the seforim Nezer HaChaim and Derech Ish, because we know that his financial situation is extremely strained, and he is now living with his family in a small and dilapidated rented apartment.

Therefore, we have risen and woken up in honor of the Rav who is a great scholar and turned to our brothers Am Yisroel wherever they are to help support him and purchase a fitting apartment.

Surely the merit of this great mitzvah will protect all those who take part, and can save him from harsh and evil decrees, and he will be blessed with all the blessings of the Torah.

Chaim Kanievsky

Yaakov Kanievsky”


An emergency fund is currently collecting donations to save the Tiger children from homelessness. This is a striking reminder that even those with the most ‘choshuve’ lifestyles can struggle with tragedy, and a unique opportunity to help sustain one of the great Torah scholars of our time.





  1. I have spoken with Maran Reb Chaim Shlita about Rav Tiger and I can attest to the dire situation. I know Harav Tiger personally for a number of years. He was here in America about 12 years ago and stayed in my home for a week. I have visited him in his home in the Mekor Baruch neighborhood (in Geula). To call his place a home is a real stretch. Its literaly a hole in the wall with no heat.
    Reb Chaim truly loves him and its worth looking at the video.
    I have a letter that the rebitzen A”H wrote to me asking for help with raising funds.
    In fact I have a letter that I wrote asking Maran Shlita about this and he wrote back affirming everything that I was told.
    If anyone wants to speak to me you can leave a contact here

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