The following excerpts of “Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Rushed to Surgery Friday Night” from “Arutz Sheva – IsraelNationalNews.com“, brethren, please include HaRav Mordechai Tzemach ben Mazal Tov in your tefilot, for his full recovery.
(IsraelNN.com) Former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu was rushed to Shaarei Tzedek hospital late Friday night with a heart attack. The Rabbi underwent a 6-hour surgery which began with a bypass and included an additional procedure. Doctors say the surgery was successful.
After midnight Friday, the Rabbi was feeling bad and having difficulty breathing. His wife summoned a neighbor who is a nurse to his home in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem. An ambulance was called and the Rabbi was taken to the hospital at about 2 a.m.
According to one report, Rabbi Eliyahu also is suffering from fluids in his lungs.
Due the last news, which are quite disturbing, I requested Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths, to allow me place this video of HaRav Shalom Arush, shlita, where he gives a powerful example of hitbodedut (personal prayer), showing how to express one’s emunah (faith) in the Creator of the world. Rabbi Arush, shlita, is the author of The Garden of Emunah and the Rosh Yeshiva of Chut Shel Chesed in Jerusalem.
This video, placed with the kind permission of Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths.
Say a prayer for the soldiers of the IDF, and for all residents of the Holy Land (suggestion: Psalm 20 is traditionally said in times of distress).
Charity and acts of kindness: Put a coin in a charity box, give a gift of money to a fellow in need or to a charitable cause, or extend a helping hand to someone who needs it.
Tefillin: If you already put on tefillin every day, encourage a friend to do so. If you don’t yet, now is a good time to start!.
Mezuzah: If you don’t yet have a mezuzah get one now! If you already do have one, it may be time to have it checked to ensure that the words on the parchment have not faded.
Tzitzit: start wearing tzitzit even during the night, and even while sleeping.
by the Chafetz Chaim zt”l
Likutei Amarim ch.11
The Chafetz Chaim zt’l implores his generation on the need for solitary prayer:
“In summation, all the many calamities that come on us and that we are not saved from them is because we are not screaming and outpouring in prayer over them. If we would pray and would pour out before HaKadosh Baruch Hu, certainly our prayers and supplications would not return empty. And it’s not enough for a person to pray the Shemonei Esrei three times a day, rather a few times per day, a person needs to pour out prayers and supplications in solitude, in his house, from the depths of his heart. Because the three prayers (Shemonei Esrei) are already fixed in his mouth and he doesn’t take them to heart so much. But if a person would contemplate in solitude and make a cheshbon hanefesh on his personal situation, his great poverty and his many toils, and for all this to live on crusty bread and water, then he will pour out his heart like water in front of Hashem, yisborach, and the prayer will go out with deep kavana and with a broken heart and a lowly spirit. A prayer like this will certainly not return empty. And then when his soul is bitter on him, on his situation and his weak standing, and he drops supplications before HaKadosh Baruch Hu, he should also remember the great pain of Hashem yisborach, because he also, so to speak, does not have rest. In all our suffering He suffers…”Chafetz Chaim – Likutei Amarim ch.11
Kind Courtesy of Daf Yomi Review