Tefillos for Rav Yisroel Belsky

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rav-belsky[Updates below.] 11:00 a.m. EST: All are asked to say Tehillim and daven for a refuah sheleimah for Rav Yisroel Belsky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas in Kensington, Brooklyn, who is undergoing emergency surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in Boro Park for a collapsed lung.

Shabbos morning, Rav Belsky began to feel extremely unwell, and was unable to leave his house to go to the yeshiva as he usually does. He held out until Motzoei Shabbos, at which time Hatzolah transported him to the hospital. Rav Belsky had been coughing very badly, and he tore his esophagus and suffered from a collapsed lung.

Rav Belsky, one of the senior poskim in the United States, also serves as a posek for the Orthodox Union, a position he has held since 1987. He has also served as the rov of Camp Agudah since 1967.

Rav Belsky is a son of Rabbi and Mrs. Berel and Chana Belsky. His maternal grandfather was Rav Binyomin Wilhelm, the founder of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas.

Rav Belsky received semichah at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas in 1962 and from Rav Moshe Feinstein in 1965. He also learned at at Bais Medrash Elyon in Monsey for a number of years. Rav Belsky is renowned as of the most brilliant Torah minds of our generation, with a grasp of virtually kol haTorah kulah and instant recall and knowledge all across the spectrum.

All are asked to daven for Rav Yisroel ben Chana Tzirel.

Update: We are told by those close to the rosh yeshiva that he is fully conscious and stable. Iy”H, with the tefillos and learning of all concerned Yidden, he will have a full recovery quickly.

Talmidim and others are asked not to visit or call the rosh yeshiva, as he needs to rest as his doctors monitor him and decide what his treatment should be. All are asked to continue saying Tehillim for Rav Belsky and having him in mind in their tefillos and limud haTorah.

{Casriel Bauman-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. We honestly think Hashem is trying to send us a message.. Wake up Klal Yisroe-l.. it’s time to get ready to greet Moshiach..

  2. For all those in Eretz Yisroel, I just heard, b’ezras Hashem there will be a Tefilla gathering for the Rosh Yeshiva at the Kosel tonight – Sun. night, at 11:00 pm.

  3. And please call your New Jersey legislators and Governor Christie’s office to say you DO NOT APPROVE of the redefinition of marriage.

    There is a vote on MONDAY. And another one on Thursday. Look on the internet (you’re on it already …) look up your Jersey legislator.

    Not trying to sound like a bigot. But don’t change natural law. People who need to be together can utilize civil unions for the same benefits.

  4. Now we are really getting nervous.. With two Gadol HaDors in the hospital and Iran threatening, I honestly think Hashem is trying to say Moshiach is about to make his grand entrance.. Are you ready??

  5. May hashem help this special holy man with a speedy Refuah Shleyma. He is such a wonderful, caring person and always walks away from any form of kavud. I can honestly say from knowing him close to thirty years that he is a man of great integrity and humility. Everything he does is Leshem Shamayim. I had the sincere Zchus of having him be my Msader Kiddushin last year. As busy of a man as he is, he will always find time to talk to people in distress or that have halachic question in general at all hours of the day. What a positive role model for not just frum people, but for all Jews.

  6. Please let’s do something
    Do you realize that rabbi Belsky is responsible for every morsel of food that goes into EVERY SINGLE YIDS MOUTH?!?
    Do you realize that no matter what hechser it is
    They all come on to him?!
    The ou is on every product even if it’s only the ingredient
    It’s from the ou
    His hasmadH is unreal
    His ahavas Yisroel unparreled
    His house is open to every nitzrach in the world
    We are lost if he is not active
    Klal Yisroel in America will go down the drain!!!

  7. Wake up our fellow Yidden.. Hashem is trying to tell us something.. The end of days are here.. The Chachamim say before Moshiach comes the world will be in chaos.. Look around you.. Where are the Rabbonim?? Where is our salvation?? We are hanging on too lightly.. We must all get together quick and plead to Hashem that we are ready to welcome Moshiach.. I am fully ready, ate you??

  8. He was in Yeshiva Shabbos morning, but left after Shacharis to go home because he was not feeling well. He first made sure someone else would be able to lain (his usual zechus). It was not an emergency then. His sons saw and spoke with him and had they felt it was an emergency they would have accompanied him and called for proper help.

  9. I heard from someone that the atmosphere in Yeshiva yesterday was like Tisha Bav. Latest news is that he needs a stent put in for the heart. May the Rosh Yeshiva have a refuah shleimah.

  10. The update of Maran Hagaon Rosh Yeshiva is as follows: Horav Belsky developed an infection and the next 72 hours are crucial. He remains conscious, but in stable and critical condition. Please cotinue to daven. He needs rachmei shomayim.

  11. Rav Belsky SHLITA is much more than just a posek and a GAON! People who know will tell you that His torah avodah and chesed are each of the highest calibre we can imagine in this generation. May WE merit to have him healthy for many many years to come!!


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