Mordechai ben David paid a visit to the gadol hador, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, at his Bnei Brak home yesterday. Mordechai met with Rav Chaim at his home on Rechov Rashbam to receive his brocha ahead of Rosh Hashanah and the yemei hadin.

Rav Chaim’s grandson, who serves as his gabbai, explained to Rav Chaim that Mordechai is “mesameiach harbeh anashim” (makes many people happy [through his music]).

Rav Chaim responded with a brocha of “kesivah vachasimah tovah” and then “ah gut yohr” (a good year).

Rav Chaim often responds to people with “Buha” (short for brocha v’hatzlacha), but this time chose the longer formulation of kesivah vachasimah tovah and ah gut yohr, the traditional greetings for this time of year.

MBD, as Mordechai is known, is a son of Chazzan David Werdyger. He has released over 30 albums. He is considered a pioneer of contemporary frum music and is perhaps the most respected singer of his time in his genre.