TRAGEDY IN TZEFAS: Melamed In Breslover Cheder Tragically Killed In Crash; Leaves Behind Almanah & 11 Children


Rav Shmuel Binyamin Sofer, z’l, was killed in a head-on collision with a commercial vehicle overnight Monday on his way home from a family wedding in Beit Shemesh, Kikar Hashabat reported.

Two of his children, ages 12 and 13, were injured in the accident, which occurred close to Tzfat, and were evacuated in moderate condition to Ziv Hospital in Tzfat. A man in his 60s from the other vehicle involved in the accident was also evacuated in moderate condition.

R’ Sofer, z’l, 51, a member of Tzfat’s Breslover community, was a melamed in the Breslover cheder for many years and was respected as someone who devoted himself to the children’s chinuch. Four years ago he left his position and joined the Kollel Chatzos in Meron.

A friend told Kikar Shabbos that R’ Sofer was makpid to complete Shas every year and also had a minhag to complete the entire Sefer Tehillim every Shabbos. He was also known to be extremely makpid in hilchos lashon hora.

An initial police investigation showed that one of the vehicles involved in the accident deviated from its traffic lane into the opposing lane. The reason for the deviation will be further investigated.

The niftar left behind a wife and 11 children. Baruch Dayan Ha’Emmes.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. oy tatte!! do we grasp the far reaching ramifications of each of these stories..last weeks story is still REAL and so is last months …after shiva …there is a new reality for each of these families
    al kol neshimah uneshimah tehalel koh

  2. BD”H!

    Does it make sense that there are so many car crashes in Israel? I think that many Israelis need to change their driving habits.

  3. I once read somewhere, God created darkness to force people to go to sleep.
    Maybe it’s a good idea to head home immediately after the Chuppa.
    Once you start eating, the food will make you very tired.