By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Eliezer Shlomo Schik, a prominent leader in the Breslev movement known for spreading its teachings, visited the Ohel to thank the Rebbe on the second anniversary of his miraculous recovery from open heart surgery.
Rabbi Schik, a prolific author and publisher of Breslev teachings and Rov of “Breslev City” in the Galilee town of Yavne’el in Israel, visited the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Cambria Heights, Queens, right after Pesach.
This is the second year Rabbi Schik made the trip. Last year he visited the Ohel on Motzei Shabbos of Chol Hamoed, at 1:35 am, the time when he had suffered a heart attack the year before.
When his son, Rabbi Moshe Schik, Rav of the Heichal Hakodesh community in Monsey, asked for the reason, his father said he wanted to pray at the Ohel gravesite of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
“Exactly a year ago, on the eve of 19 Nissan 5772, I suffered a heart-attack in the middle of learning. It was exactly at 1:35 AM,” he told his son then.
“Throughout the surgery, while I was under general anesthesia, I saw the Rebbe of Lubavitch OBM standing over me and caressing my head.”
Rabbi Schik, also known as Mohorosh, said he saw the Rebbe telling him a few times, “Don’t worry. You’ll make it. I am caring for you that everything will pass. You’ll make it.”
“The is the reason why I am here at the same time as my heart-attack, to thank G-d Almighty that the Rebbe had a part in saving my life,” he concluded.