Rabbi Eliezer Shlomo Schik, known in Breslov Hasidic circles as the Tzadik (righteous one) of the Galilee city of Yavne'el, underwent successful open-heart surgery in the United States on Sunday. Leaders of Breslov community institutions in Israel left Monday to be close and help as much as possible. His followers said one of the first things he did following the operation was to write a letter of appreciation to about a thousand students in the Yavne'el branches of those institutions who prayed for the success of the surgery. Rabbi Elazar Mordechai Koenig of Tzfat flew to Uman to pray at the Tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov for Rabbi Schick's recovery.
Those already on the scene said the rabbi's improvement was noticeable, acknowledging that the post-operation period would be critical. They said that before he wrote the letter, the rabbi asked for a tractate of Gemara to follow the worlwide reading of the Daf Yomi daily page of Talmud. People are asked to pray for the speedy and complete recovery of Rabbi Eliezer Shlomo ben Malcah.