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Rav Elyashiv's Ba'al Korei Brings Unleashes His Mother's Tears And Memories
One Shabbos, Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv had to stay in the hospital after undergoing a procedure.  A minyan and a Sefer Torah were organized for his hospital room, but the family members were unable to find someone to read the parsha.  Finally, they found a bachur who was staying with his mother who had also been hospitalized over Shabbos.  The bochur read the parsha to the minyan, and Rav Elyashiv, who was extremely grateful, wished to wish his mother a refuah shelaimah.  Someone brought the mother to the Rav Elyahsiv’s room to receive his bracha.

The mother became very emotional when she heard Rav Elyashiv’s bracha, and began crying.  She explained that her son who had read the parsha had been born as a result of a previous bracha from Rav Elyashiv. She had been childless for many years, and after approaching Reb Elyashiv for a bracha, she had finally given birth to a son. 

Another poignant twist to the story was that that Shabbos had been the bochur’s Bar Mitzvah parsha.  However, the bochur had not read the parsha in shul the Shabbos of his Bar Mitzvah due to a mix-up.  There had been another boy in shul that Shabbos whose Bar Mitzvah also fell out that Shabbos and was expecting to read the parsha, and this bochur allowed him to read the parsha instead of him.  A few years had passed and the bochur now merited to read the parsha to the Gadol Hador.   (Heard from Rav Hodaya of Eilat)

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