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Lithuanian haredi leader, 101, undergoes successful surgery

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June 20, 2011 | 11:13 am

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv (2008)

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv (2008)

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the leader of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox community, underwent successful surgery in Jerusalem.

Elyashiv, 101, underwent carotid artery surgery on Sunday night.

Dr. Daniel Clair, head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, who performed a similar operation seven years ago, was flown to Israel to perform the surgery.

Prayers for Elyashiv were recited at the Western Wall and around the world.

No successor has been named for Elyashiv.

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