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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rav Shteinman on the Hospitalization of Gedolim and Iran

My translation from Kikar:

In recent months, the Haredi public in Israel and the Diaspora has been increasing their prayers for Gedolei Yisrael whose medical situation is dire and have been transferred to various hospitals.

In his weekly Shiur yesterday, like every Motza'ei Shabbat, Maran the Rosh Yeshiva Hagaon Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman related to the hospitalization of Gedolei Yisrael recently, starting with Rav Elyashiv, the Mashgiah - Rav Matisyahu Salomon, and even - Lehibadel - the Vishnitzer Rebbe ZTVK"L, who passed to the next world.

"Lately, HKB"H is making it that there will be many people that are needed by the public to be ill," Rav Shteinman began his words.  "HKB"H desires the prayers of the righteous, and all those who learn Torah are considered righteous.

"You need to know that there is a wicked non-Jew in Iran who is preparing a large bomb.  He wants to destroy, kill and wipe out all the Jews from young until old.  However, since people talked so much about this, people became used to it and nobody is praying regarding this.  Everyone thinks, 'Nu?  Hashem will help and nothing will happen.'  But these are fools who do not understand that there is a decree in Heaven.

"However, HKB"H is merciful and gracious and desires our prayers, so HKB"H tries to shake us in every way - the main reason being so that we will pray already.  You need to know that every chapter of Tehillim recited, even if it appears that it doesn't help - as behold, the Tzaddik [the Vishnitzer Rebbe] is lost to us and it appears that as if no one is paying attention to our prayers - you should know that by HKB"H, nothing is wasted.  What did not help here will help elsewhere.

"HKB"H wants the whole world to pray.  Behold, by Rav Elyashiv, we see that people are praying and the secular doctors who are not believers are standing in shock - in their lifetimes, they have not seen open miracles [like what they saw with Rav Elyashiv] and everything is in the merit of Tehillim.  And he still need a lot of mercy from Heaven.

"Sometimes, a person thinks, 'There are so many people reciting Tehillim!' or he thinks, 'Nu?  Really, this is not our rabbi - this is the rabbi of others.'  You should know that these thoughts are improper.  In all cases, every chapter of Tehillim is important.

"Behold, now, there is a situation that everybody has a reason to say Tehillim even outside of Israel and everywhere, and HKB"H will help Am Yisrael in all types of things in which we need protection.

"Someone came to me and said, 'Who said that we need to stop our Torah learning and recite Tehillim?  These Jews are so old already!'  I said to him, "What - are they deserving a death-penalty?'  A Jew needs to know that every moment of life is a merit and with Tzadikim, there is a special importance that they live longer and longer.

"HKB"H desires the prayers of the righteous - only our prayers will help.  People don't understand - or they prefer not to think or understand - how dangerous the situation is here in Eretz Yisrael and every moment here is fear and trepidation, and if it weren't for HKB"H saving us from their hands, everything would become Tohu Vavohu - Has Veshalom.  Therefore, HKB"H is testing us in every way so that perhaps, it will cause us to pray in order to fill the repository of prayers.

"Hashem should help that they should all have a quick speedy recovery," concluded the Rosh Yeshiva's words.  This caused a great awakening among the community of listeners [of his speech].

[YY - after I wrote this up, YWN has another translation of his holy words that just came through the wires.]


At Sun Mar 18, 09:50:00 AM 2012, Blogger Moriah said...

Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, 101, in 'Serious' Condition:

Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, founder and head of Torah Ohr Yeshiva in Kiryat Mattersdorf and New York, is hospitalized at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in serious condition

At Sun Mar 18, 11:07:00 AM 2012, Blogger Moshe said...

Rabbi Israel Belsky posek and Rosh Yeshuva Tora Vodaath got better Baruh Hashem, but we still have to have in mind for Refua Shelema with other Gedoley Israel.

At Sun Mar 18, 11:27:00 AM 2012, Blogger Moshe said...

Proper place for kavana for refua in Amida(Shmone Esre)in Refaenu:
After words: "ulhol makotenu" and before "ki el rofe rahaman ata" vi pause and think of those talmedei hahamim who needs refua with his name ben his mother's name. For example: Rabbi Israel Ben Chana Tzirel (Rav Belsky).

At Sun Mar 18, 12:44:00 PM 2012, Anonymous B. said...

Chaim Yosef Meir ben Miriam Henya

At Sun Mar 18, 02:24:00 PM 2012, Blogger Neshama said...

I believe we really don't know why these people are suffering, except that it makes one think about his/her own situation and how one does not know from day to day what will occur. Especially the day/hour/minute that Moshiach becomes known and with him a speedy Geula.

I believe Rav Shteinman shlit"a wants us to help bring it about. As they did in Mitzrayim, to cry out for Hashem to take us out of this Golus.

Akiva quoted Wash Post that 43% of world Jewry is in Eretz Yisrael, while 39% are in the US, and the rest are migrating from the Third World to where they perceive they will be safer.

At Sun Mar 18, 03:05:00 PM 2012, Blogger Moshe said...

Every body are suffering today, may be 1% of us are not. Hashem sends exactly what person can stand for the tikkun, for our benefit to get Olam Haba. Our forfathers ask Hashem to suffer in this world rather than in Olam Haba, so we have to thank Him for suffering too.
Regarding who is going to suffer more or less here is a story:
Mr. A. saw dream that he is going to die today. He was very worried about his dream and did not go outside that day. At the end of the day a chandelier fell on his head and he found to be a dead that day...

At Sun Mar 18, 03:35:00 PM 2012, Blogger Moshe said...

...we don't know where is the most safest place, but we yes know from our hahamim that who keeps Torah and Mitsvot will be saved at the end of days.

At Tue Mar 20, 03:06:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Ruth said...

Perhaps Kikar could change the first line of the article to "All religious Jews in Israel and...."


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