Visiting the sick is one of the greatest good deeds, one receives reward in this world, physically and in the next. (morning prayers)
When a person is not well, it is very difficult to function properly. It is even more difficult when one becomes ill in a foreign country, not knowing anyone.
This week, Rabbi Binyomin Edery got a call regarding a tourist who was hospitalized in Nagano. He drove right away for 3 hours, arrived at the hospital, and found the Jewish patient and his wife. The husband had a stroke, and was not conscious.
The wife was so relieved that the Rabbi came, she could finally talk to someone who understands her, and can also communicate her concerns and important information to the doctors. She felt revived and her morale was so much better, after the Rabbi prayed for her husband, said Psalms, and did not leave her husbands bedside. It made such a difference. She later said:” for me it was an angel, who gave me so much support at this difficult time. I believe that in the merit of the prayers he will wake up.”‘
Later on during the week, Rabbi Edery, drove back and forth to Tokyo, to bring more guests, including the Edery family, to pray and strengthen the family. The wife was so touched by the concern and brotherly love expressed to her and her husband.
The Talmud says that when one visits a sick person it takes away 1/60 of the illness.
The doctors are satisfied with the progress and are optimistic about his recuperation.
In the meantime if you can say a prayer for his speedy recovery, his full name is Uriel son of Chanah.
His chapter in Psalms is 65.
We are sure that with Hashem’s help Uriel will definitely recover, speedily, in this month of Iyar- healing.