Rav Elyashiv Returns Home – And to His Gemara


rav-elyashiv-small-pic[Photos below.] Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv returned to his home at Rechov Chanan 10 in Meah Shearim yesterday following the successful surgery Sunday night to repair a coronary artery near his heart. The surgery, as reported extensively here on Matzav.com, was performed at Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center in Yerushalayim by Dr. Daniel Clair, Chairman of the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, who made the 5,700-mile trip from Newark Liberty International to Ben Gurion Airport to perform the procedure on Rav Elyashiv.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Israel time on Monday, Dr. Clair declared that the surgery was, boruch Hashem, successful beyond his expectations.

At about 10:30 a.m. yesterday, Rav Elyashiv was brought to his home through a back entrance by those close to the gadol to the singing of “Ki orech yomim ushenos chayim yosifu loch.”  A large crowd of onlookers and photographers had gathered in front of his home, awaiting his return home, not knowing that he had already arrived.

After resting a bit, Rav Elyashiv returned to his daily learning schedule, but he remains under the close watch of doctors, including, Dr. Clair.

Among those who have expressed their appreciation to Dr. Clair for his efforts have been President Shimon Peres, MK Moshe Gafni, and others. Here on Matzav.com, a massive appreciation effort has resulted in a mammoth number of comments left for Dr. Clair by Jews all over the world.

Dr. Clair arrived in Yerushalayim on Sunday night with Cleveland Clinic radiology technician Bryan Kolar. The four-hour surgery took place a few hours after the team’s arrival at Shaare Tzedek. While the procedure itself was not “particularly debilitating,” said Clair, Rav Elyashiv’s advanced age put him at a higher risk.

This was not the first time that Dr. Clair had treated Rav Elyashiv for a vascular issue. The doctor was Rav Elyashiv’s surgeon seven years ago when he needed an operation to correct a life-threatening condition involving his aorta. At that time, a number of other physicians had refused to treat Rav Elyashiv before Clair – then a doctor at New York-Presbyterian Hospital – agreed to perform the procedure, which was ultimately successful.

All are asked to continue davening for Rav Yosef Shalom ben Chaya Musha.

See below for photos of Dr. Clair visiting Rav Elyashiv shortly after his return home from Shaarei Tzedek Hospital yesterday:

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}