TRAGEDY: On The Way To Meron: Israeli Chasan, 22, Killed A Week Before His Wedding


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Shlomo Rotenberg, z’l, 22, a Biala chassid and talmid of Yeshivas Shaarei Torah in Jerusalem, was killed in a head-on collision on Monday, a week before his wedding.

Shlomo, z’l, was on his way to daven at kivrei tzaddikim in Israel’s north ahead of his wedding when the private car he was driving toward Meron was involved in a head-on collision with a truck. The car was completely crushed and Shlomo, z’l, was killed instantly. The truck driver was lightly injured in the accident.

Emergency rescue forces pronounced Shlomo’s death at the scene and his body was extricated from the car in a complex operation using hydraulic tools.

Shlomo’s friends tearfully told Kikar H’Shabbat that Shlomo, whose aufruf was set to take place on Shabbos, utilized every free moment to learn Torah and perform chessed, adding that hours before the tragic accident, he was at the yeshivah, learning with hasmada.

Shlomo, z’l, was born and grew up in Yerushalayim. His father, Rav Mordechai Rotenberg is the mashgiach of Yeshivas Toras Chaim in Yerushalayim and his grandfather was the famed mechanech, HaRav Yehudah Yonah Rotenberg, z’l.

Yehi Zichro Baruch.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. There is a Gemara that speaks about a certain Talmid Chacham that when ever he took the ferry to cross the river, he always waited for at least one more Yid to be with him on the ferry. He never travelled alone.
    He never wanted to rely just on his own merits. The more Yidden the more merits.
    Maybe he should of travelled with a friend?
    Also I think that it is not a good idea to travel at night. Most people see better by day than by night.
    I recall many years ago that Rabbi Pincusזכר צדיק לברכה was also killed through an accident and also it was by night. People at night are tired. They need to go to sleep.

  2. To meir G:
    Hashem is not clicking a mouse.
    He collided with a truck. In the area of Meron the roads are very narrow. If you see a truck coming from the opposite direction, you need to slow down ASAP and move slightly over towards the right and I mean to go a little bit on the right shoulder.
    Also do not forget that at night the vision is not so good, both drivers I am sure are able to see better by day than by night. Also at night people are tired. At night your reflexes are slow and fatal.
    It’s a very simple silly game to blame Hashem for everything that is going on.