Rabbi Elyashiv at a recent Brit Milah
Rabbi Elyashiv at a recent Brit MilahIsrael news photo: Yitzchok Russek - Kuvien Images

The condition of 101-year-old Torah Sage Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv is deteriorating as doctors at Jerusalem’s Shaarei Tzedek Hospital struggle to save his life. His 102nd birthday is to be in two months.

The leader of the Lithuania hareidi religious community, who is one of Israel's greatest Torahs scholars, has been hospitalized for a week after suffering shortness of breath. His condition previously had worsened but stabilized until Sunday.

It worsened again after he underwent procedures Sunday morning for the removal of mechanical breathing devices. He began breathing on his own with the help of oxygen then suffered a serious setback.

The rabbi’s spokesman, Shlomo Kook told Arutz Sheva Sunday that the procedure failed and his condition now is critical.

Doctors discovered the past two days that problems with Rabbi Elyashiv’s heart have been complicated by what appears to be pneumonia that has contributed to the worsening of his condition and which hampered attempts to allow to breathe independently.

Readers are asked to pray for the health of HaRav Yosef Shalom ben Chaya Musa.