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It is being reported that over the last hour or so that the condition of Maran Posek HaDor HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Shlita has taken a sharp turn for the worse and the word is being spread for the tzibur to begin being mispallel for the gadol hador.
According to a Kikar Shabbat report, the issue at hand may be a sharp drop in the rav’s blood pressure, which may signal diminished cardiac output for one reason or another.
14:25 IL: Family members of the posek hador have been summoned and are at his bedside. Many yeshivos have stopped the day’s seder and are reciting tehillim.
14:42 IL: Deputy Jerusalem Mayor Yitzchok Pindrus is at Shaare Zedek Hospital as the condition of the posek hador appears critical. The medical team is working to maintain the rav’s blood pressure. Barricades have been set up outside the hospital as bnei yeshiva are beginning to make their way to the medical center in response to the reports of the sharp decline in the rav’s condition. The rav has been hospitalized for over a half year.
15:14 IL: There are many prominent persons on the eighth floor of Shaare Zedek Medical Center where police and hospital security have closed down the area, only permitting authorized persons near the bed of the posek hador. Tefilos are taking place at that location as family members and rabbonim have arrived, summoned by senior hospital officials as the rav’s condition has significantly deteriorated. Among the rabbonim present is HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Aurbach.
Despite the sweltering heat bnei torah continue arriving at the hospital in the hope of learning something. Yeshivos around the country have interrupted the daily seder and are reciting tehillim.
The tzibur is requested to continue being mispallel for Rav Yosef Sholom ben Chaya Musha b’soch kol cholei am yisrael.
16:35 IL: Mashgiach Rabbi Don Segal Shlita has entered the rav’s room where HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Aurbach is still present, reciting tefilos along with other rabbonim and family members. Chinuch Atzmai head Rabbi Avraham Lazerson has arrived as well. Doctors are fighting to save the posek hador’s life with his condition described as “extremely critical”.
16:42 IL: The rabbonim and family members in the rav’s room are reciting Yud Gimmel Midos as the rav’s condition continues to deteriorate. The tzibur around the world is urged to stop whatever one is doing to recite tehillim. The reports from Shaare Zedek Medical Center are bleak and doctors seem to feel that they have done what the can to stabilize the condition of the gadol hador, Maran Rav Elyashiv Shlita.
16:48 IL: Tears are flowing as the rabbonim and family members are reciting tefilos on the eighth floor of Shaare Zedek Medical Center at the bedside of posek hador Maran HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Shlita. The medical team appears to have signaled they are unable to stabilize the rav’s blood pressure after it dropped sharply earlier in the afternoon. Tefilos from the ICU floor of the hospital are being aired live on chareidi radio stations as Yud Gimmel Midos are being recited.
16:51 IL: Shema Yisrael is being recited as the pain is audible in the voices of the mispallalim. Degel HaTorah MKs Maklev and Gafne has just joined the tefilos.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)