Chief of ICU Medicine Prof. Eliyahu Sorkin of Mayanei Yeshua Hospital briefed the media Wednesday, 4 Kislev, on Maran HaGaon HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita.
“When we refer to Rav Shteinman and rabbonim like him, we cannot simply refer to their bodies. Their age is not relevant for they are in a different world. Their bodies are a means and not an entity as is the case with us and they have control, something we cannot understand.
There is an issue with a kidney and we are searching for a solution. His heart, cardiac and main life functions are fine. I do not view his situation as life-threatening, but I do not know what tomorrow will bring. This morning, his condition was significantly worse than now. There were issues with his heart and blood pressure. I do not wish to give more details.”
Yesterday, it was reported the rav’s condition was stable, and he remained for observation but it now appears he has taken a turn for the worse. Earlier today, doctors reported the rav was moved to an ICU and he was not informed of the petira of his daughter, Rebitzen Rochel Devorah Berlin A”H, whose levaya will take place soon. The rebitzen was the oldest daughter of the rav, 72.
Earlier, Ponevezh Rosh Yeshiva HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein Shlita stopped regular limudim in the yeshiva for the recitation of Tehillim for Rav Shteinman.
HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita is quoted calling on all yeshivos and talmidei torah to stop their regular limudim for the recitation of Tehillim for the Rosh Yeshiva Shlita.
HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen Shlita, head of the Shas Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael, has called on all affiliated yeshivos and talmidei torah to interrupt their regular schedule to recite Tehillim for Maran Rav Shteinman.
The tzibur is urged to be mispallel for Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib ben Gitel Feiga bsoch cholei yisrael.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)