When on October 6, World-renowned Mathematician Prof. David Kazhdan was run over by a truck while biking with his son, Eli, in Jerusalem, “his condition was so dire that in many medical centers in the world he wouldn’t have been revived,” relates Prof. Yoram Weiss, Medical Director of the Hadassah Medical Center.
Now, four months later, thanks to specialized treatment at Hadassah, Prof. Kazhdan is beginning physical therapy at Hadassah-Mount Scopus, as a prelude to returning home. “When he woke up, he said he’d heard music,” his wife, Helena, remembered. “Now I understand why.” Volunteer musicians had serenaded him while he was in the Intensive Care Unit.
The Musicians are Haverut organization employees who work in different hospital departments to help patients dealing with the hospitalisations and recover with Art, music, spiritual care and more. They returned to provide Prof. Kazhdan with a musical sendoff, this time performing a melodic rendition of Psalm 121, “I lift my eyes to the hills, from where I receive my help.” (See “Medical Musicians Offer Spiritual Healing to Hadassah Patients” to learn more about Hadassah’s volunteer medical musicians.)