A friend of mine was recently in Eretz Yisrael. When he was here he visited many Gedolim to get brachas for his son who was born with a number of birth defects. He was by R' Chaim Kanevsky to a get a bracha and asked for eitzas in the matter. Among the things R' Chaim told him to do is learn a mesecta from Seder Kodshim (he said Zevachim b'frat) and to learn Hilchos Chalev (Yoreh De'ah Siman 64.)

If it would have been said by anyone else (A Chassidishe Rebbe, a Makubel, etc.) I wouldn't have been so interested to know why davka these 2 things. But since R' Chaim said it it's a bit more interesting. Perhaps there is some "makor" to this that the limud of these 2 things is a segulah for refuah?

  • Intersting, since he usually recommends Mas. Kinim with a specific Perush. – Danny Schoemann Jan 8 '13 at 12:46
  • @DannySchoemann maybe this is a "shoresh neshamah" thing...But I don't know if I'd go that far with R' Chaim. – Yehoshua Jan 8 '13 at 12:50
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    I'm not sure about as being a Segulah for Refu'ah, but Sefer Chasidim ( in Siman 588, also in Siman 1) says that one who learns a Torah subject that is a "Met Mitzvah", i.e. that others don't study( he gives Seder Kodashim as an example), is greatly rewarded. Maybe R. Chaim was suggesting learning those subjects to increase your friends merit( for them being today's "Met Mitzvah"), which could pay back in answering prayers for Refu'ah. – Tamir Evan Jan 16 '13 at 16:23
  • @TamirEvan Is Siman 588 right? – Yehoshua Jan 17 '13 at 21:31
  • @Yehoshua Yes, Siman 588(תקפח), but it turns out that would be in the editions based on the Berlin edition( in turn based on the Parma manuscript), like the one here. In those based on the Bologna edition, it( at least, the relevant part) is in Siman 261(רסא), like here. – Tamir Evan Jan 18 '13 at 9:30

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