BDE: Ex-ZAKA Chairman Yehudah Meshi-Zahav Passes Away

ZAKA chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav (ZAKA Twitter)

The former head of ZAKA, Yehudah Meshi-Zahav, passed away overnight Tuesday in the Herzog Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he has been hospitalized since last year. He was 62.

Prior to being hospitalized, serious and multiple accusations of wrongdoing were made against him after it was announced that he was chosen as a recipient of the Israel Prize. He subsequently forfeited the Israel Prize and stepped down as the head of ZAKA.

The niftar left behind a wife and seven children.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. A known abuser who decided to attempt a suicide rather than face justice on this world and you write BDE?!

    YWN, you’re part of the problem

    ‏‎שם רשעים ומתעוללים ירקב

    Moderators Response: Clearly, you never took a minute to think what the words “Boruch Dayan HaEmmes” actually mean. You can use an Artscroll siddur if you need translation, or here it is for you “Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, the True Judge.”

  2. No matter what he did/didn’t do, he set up an incredible organization that does wonderful work, and for that we owe him our gratitude.

    Condolences to his family.

  3. Disclaimer: im not taking any sides, ask your local Local Orthodox Rabbi for the right hashkafah!
    Hesped:its good he’s wearing a mask in YWN illustration , because if the allegations are true, it says al tistakel bifnei rasha. and if they aren’t true he’s so holy he has so many zechusim, he needs to cover his “golden” shining face!😷

  4. He didn’t actually “pass away”; he fished his wish, dying from suicide.

    The assocation of this abuser’s name to a wonderful organization should be end.

  5. Letoeles Harabim, I have filtered Yeshiva World from my house (I accessed this from a friends computer) precisely because of the frequent lashon hora and onaas devorim that this site spews. IMHO they are osidin litain es hadin along with those who access it.

  6. Not clear that the YWN velt really needs to know or is even interested on the petirah of known abusers like MZ, Walder, Berland etc.

  7. Pinay: Its remarkable that your Rav gave you a one-time heter to access this site and post these disparaging comments about the publishers of YWN.

  8. To quote jpost:

    > “Although his life was saved, Meshi-Zahav never regained consciousness.”

    So everything from alleged suicide to the suicide note he allegedly wrote and all the other allegations against him have never been tested in court and have never been clarified as to what really happened and what they really mean. For example, here in Toronto in 2018 there were this couple Barry and Honey Sherman (who became extremely wealthy from generic pharmaceuticals) who were found dead in their house and the police did an alleged full investigation (including autopsy) and concluded it was a murder-suicide situation, case closed. The children were outraged and (having just inherited a really large fortune) hired private experts and investigators and proved it was a case of a double murder by some external perpetrators and the police re-opened the case. I doubt the family of Meshi-Zahav have anywhere the resources to do the same.

  9. Gadolhadorah:
    Which properly constituted Beis Din ruled that all of those are abusers? Do you have first-hand knowledge of that, for all the people you mentioned?

  10. Terrible tragedy of such a young unbelievable בעל-חסד involved in saving so many lives, who was maligned by Feminists who were out to get this innocent hero, because they were jealous of his amazing accomplishments.

  11. just wondering if anybody thought of searching old articles about him on ywn? like “YOU WERE WRONG a letter to his uncle rav amram blau”?