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Daily Lift #846

Follow Health Instructions

A famous physician used to relate that in his entire career of treating thousands of patients, he had only one patient who followed his instructions exactly without deviation. The patient was the great sage, Rabbi Yisroel Salanter -- because he regarded doctor's orders as the fulfillment of the Torah obligation to guard one's health.

Someone once came to Rabbi Salanter's room and found him perusing a medical guide to exercise. He had the book open and did every exercise exactly as described -- since the doctor had advised him to do so.

(Tnuas Hamussar, vol.1, p.342; Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Happiness, p.265)

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) Anonymous, April 22, 2010 2:54 PM


Dear Rabbi Pliskin, First, let me thank you for the daily blessings that you bring through "Today's Daily Life". They are truly a gift. I was taken aback by today's message because I am aware of so many cases of doctors who do not do what is best for the patient. I just finished discussing your idea with a friend who was seriously hurt as a result of the many blunders in the medical industry. He trusted them and he did as he was told. There was no reason not to do otherwise. Their actions resulted in serious harm to his health and to the well being of his family. ( He did not sue anyone.) He has been living in the state where he only has about 50% of his function. Going back to your point now, he looked back and said that he was sure that in the end it worked out for the best. I am unable to reconcile it and I feel otherwise, but for him your advice is right on. For him, Hashem works in all manner of ways. We can fight but after the fight we begin to praise. I guess this time I have to take it from someone who knows. Thank you, again, for another daily gift.

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