Yeshivas and kollelim have launched an initiative to learn uninterruptedly as part of efforts to expedite the recovery of Rabbenu Yosef Sholom ben Chaya Musha shlita, the pillar of halacha for all of Beis Yisroel.
Following directives by gedolei Yisroel shlita to add prayers and extra learning as a merit for the recovery of Maran shlita, roshei yeshivos and mashgichim issued calls for uninterrupted learning throughout the regular sedorim.
The initiative is reverberating at yeshivas and kollelim throughout Eretz Yisroel and in various locations around the world, and some students have even signed a pledge.
Students in the hallowed halls of the yeshivas continue to pray that Klal Yisroel has the merit to see Maran shlita recuperate. At Yeshivas Ponovezh, round-the-clock Tehillim vigils are kept by various minyanim organized at the yeshiva.
Maran remains in critical but stable condition at Jerusalem's Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center.
"Maran Rabbenu HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv shlita is Torah through and through," said HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman shlita. "We must add to our Torah study for his complete recovery, and any added effort in Torah study helps."
HaRav A. Mann quoted HaRav Chaim Kanievsky shlita as saying, "The godol hador, who embodies the Torah itself and whose every word we live by, is in grave danger. Chazal teach us, `If he is a talmid chochom one must take one's own health to the brink for his sake.' Clearly we have an obligation to cry out and plead and make every effort in tefilloh and Torah to bring about a speedy salvation by Hashem. May He show compassion to His people and leave [HaRav Eliashiv] as a remnant [of supreme Torah scholarship] for many years to come, with robust health."