room. She didn’t want her husband to disturb his learning. She took care of thesituation herself.
Living with Less
Rav Asher Balanson, a rav from Tel Stone, went to ask Rav Elyashiv a shaila in histiny apartment. While there, Rav Elyashiv’s refrigerator broke. Someone joked thatthe refrigerator was so old that it could be donated to a museum. Rav Elyashivearned a salary for his work as a dayan on Bais Din so he could have bought a newrefrigerator a long time ago if he had wanted. Things were not as important asgiving tzedakah and learning Torah.Rav Balanson told another story about another time he was in the home of RavElyashiv. Rav Elyashiv was learning the Yad Moshe, the index of the Igros Moshe.He was reviewing every teshuva of Reb Moshe by looking at a list of titles andpage numbers. .
Rav Elyashiv had a very good job as a Dayan for the Rabbanut Beis Din. Heretired rather than compromising on something he felt was right.
A few years ago, Rav Elyashiv needed some electrical repairs done in hisapartment. While the electrician was working, he learned that his daughter,Rebetzin Shoshana Zilberstein, had passed away. As he was preparing to go to thefuneral, he asked his grandson to find out how much he owed the electrician. Onlyafter he wrote a check to the worker, did he go to the funeral of his daughter.
A Miraculous Life
Rav Elyashiv’s parents were childless for seventeen years before he was born. RavElyashiv’s daughter, Reb. Sarah Yisroelson, said that her father was very ill whenhe was a child and as an adult. They thought he wouldn’t survive but Klal Yisraelneeded him. Rav Elyashiv is currently very sick. We should daven for HaRavYosef Shalom ben Chaya Mousha
Importance to Klal Yisrael
When Rav Elyashiv was 94, he needed heart surgery. Many surgeons refused to dothe operation, but one doctor, Dr. Daniel Clair agreed. Dr. Clair flew from theUnited States. to Israel to do the surgery. 7 years later, when Rav Elyashiv was101, the doctor came back to do another surgery. Thousands of Jews davened atthe kotel. Shimon Peres, a secular man who is the President of the State of Israel,came to thank the doctor. Mr. Peres told the doctor that this surgery was importantto the safety of Klal Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael.