Leaving Eretz Yisrael #9

Before Ha-Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach underwent surgery on his head - which was obviously difficult, dangerous and complex - people exerted great pressure on him to travel outside of Eretz Yisrel for the surgery. This was more than fifty years ago when the medical services in Israel were not as advanced as today. But Ha-Rav Auerbach remained firm in his refusal to leave the boundaries of Eretz Yisrael. To those who worried about his wellbeing, he said: "If there is one doctor in Eretz Yisrael who agrees to operate on my head, I will not leave Israel" (Chico Mamtakim vol. 1, p. 54-55).