What Was Disturbing The Rosh Yeshivah In The ICU?

HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein. (Photo: Shuki Lehrer)

After HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein was evacuated to the hospital on leil Shavuos, family members assisted the Rosh HaYeshivah in holding the tefillos and seudos of Yom Tov and Shabbos in the ICU.

HaRav Edelstein was very disturbed about the fact that while he was still at home on erev Shavuos, he made a bracha for an Eruv Tavshilin but he wouldn’t be performing any melachah since the hospital rules forbid lighting neiros Shabbos in the ICU. The Rosh Yeshivah asked his family members to enable him to perform some type of melachah so he wouldn’t be nichshal in a bracha l’vatalah.

And so, a small pot of soup was brought to the ICU and the Rosh Yeshivah stirred the soup so he could have a part in the cooking.

As YWN reported earlier, Gedolei Yisrael have urged Klal Yisrael to add two pirkei Tehillim in all Torah mosdos for the refuah sheleimah of HaRav Yerachmiel Gershon ben Miriam b’toch shaar cholei Yisrael.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. If one doesn’t actually do a Melocho on Yom Tov for Shabbos, he was still Mekayem the Mitzvas Derabonon of making a an Eiruv 100%.
    No need to do a Melocho.

  2. Ader – in fact, most of the melochos done from Yom Tov for Shabbos are done by the wife who in most cases is not the one making the bracha. Before YT I head a shiur from Rav Asher Weiss Shlita and he said the same thing you mentioned.

  3. Amazing what da’as Torah we have here, they know better than the Gadol Hador.

    Far be it from me to claim to know what R’Gershon was doing, but maybe, just maybe he was being extra careful as being the Gadol Hador he does more than the basic and maybe it’s preferable for the one making the bracha to do a melacha himself!

    Barn Owl: it doesn’t say ate, it says stirred. Eating soup wouldn’t be a melacha. Yes, you could still claim this was trivial, but it’s not. We learn from how a Gadol acts, everything!

  4. Thanks Hashem, lot Gedolim (not 100) but 17
    By the way in S.U. you make E T. for the whole Town,

    Leave it for The new kaplech

  5. Not ending up doing some preparation for the Holy Schabbos on Friday Yom-Tov wouldn’t be any different than not finding any Leaven by בדיקת-חמץ which Halocho is emphatically clear, does not make Benediction על ביעור חמץ in vain in any way whatsoever.