Prominent rabbi’s health takes turn for the worse
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Prominent rabbi’s health takes turn for the worse

Doctors say Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv's condition is critical

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, right, with President Shimon Peres in 2009. (photo credit: Yosef Avi Yair Angel/ POOL/Flash90)
Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, right, with President Shimon Peres in 2009. (photo credit: Yosef Avi Yair Angel/ POOL/Flash90)

Prominent ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv’s health took a turn for the worse on Tuesday after doctors at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center discovered severe blood poisoning.

Doctors worked to stabilize the 102-year-old rabbi, whom they said was in critical condition.

The rabbi’s family was called to the Jerusalem hospital on Tuesday morning because of his deteriorating condition. They asked the public to pray on his behalf.

Rabbi Elyashiv has been hospitalized since February. He is considered one the senior rabbis of the Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox community.

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