Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliyashiv
Rabbi Yosef Shalom EliyashivIsrael news photo: courtesy of Beit HaShalom

The leader of the worldwide Lithuanian yeshiva movement, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliyashiv, was taken this morning (Wednesday, Oct. 5) for comprehensive medical tests to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Eliyashiv, 101, signed in to the hospital nearly three weeks ago for ambulatory eye surgery.

The senior Ashkenazi rabbinic adjudicator underwent successful vascular surgery this past June, also at the same hospital where he was taken for tests Wednesday morning.

At that time, the elderly rabbi had experienced progressive weakness for several months prior, similar to the symptoms he suffered recently. The elderly rabbi experienced severe weakness, and even fainted for a few moments about two weeks ago.

Seven years ago, Dr. Daniel Clair, head of the Cleveland Clinic's Department of Vascular Surgery operated on the rabbi for a bleeding artery that endangered his life. It was Clair who flew in from Cleveland to perform the follow up operation in June, which reportedly was not carried out under general anesthesia.

Ads have been posted throughout the city of Jerusalem proclaiming, “Everyone should pray and recite psalms before Mincha (the afternoon service -ed.) for the complete recovery of our Rabbi Yosef Shalom ben Chaya Mousha Shlita among the sick in Israel; G-d never grows weary of the prayers of the masses.”

Video: Special prayer service at the Western Wall for the health and wellbeing of Rabbi Elyashiv