As YWN has been reporting, the doctor treating Maran Harav Shteinman is Chief of ICU Medicine Prof. Eliyahu Sorkin of Mayanei Yeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak. Additionally, as YWN has been reporting, the Vishnitzer Rebbe of Monsey is on a respirator in Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, and was scheduled to undergo a critical procedure on Wednesday. Before the procedure would be done, the family of the Rebbe wanted a second opinion, and decided to reach out to Prof. Sorkin to have him fly to NY.
Prof. Sorkin has treated many of Israel’s great rabbonim, which is the case, due to his position and wealth of experience and expertise.
It was agreed that he would fly out on Wednesday evening – but suddenly, the condition of Maran HaRav Shteinman deteriorated, and Sorkin faced a dilemma of what to do. Should he travel to NY to treat the Vishnitzer Rebbe, or stay in Bnei Brak and treat Maran Rav Shteinman?
Being that the professor is a Lubavitcher Chabad, the professor turned to the “Igros Kodesh” for his answer. For those that are unaware, the “Igros Kodesh” is a collection of correspondence and responses (32 Seforim) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rav Menachem Mendel Schneerson ZT”L.
The answer he received was quite clear. The Rebbe wrote “Do not become involved with Rabbonim abroad” and it appears he followed by remaining and caring for Rav Shteinman. The Igros Kodesh Teshuva is attached below.
The Professor then gave a radio interview explaining the details of the story. Listen below:
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)