MK Maklev on the Tragedy that Occurred at Rav Wosner’s Levaya


gerMK (Yahadut Hatorah) Uri Maklev announced that the tragedy that occurred during the levaya of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner ZT”L, the death of an avreich and the seriously injuries caused to others cannot be permitted to pass without learning the lessons to prevent a reoccurrence.

Avreich R’ Mordechai Gerber z”l was died after being stampeded at the levaya. A number of others were injured, some still in serious and grave condition.

Maklev told Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) that lessons must be learned from the tragedy to prevent recurrence in the future. He explained a levaya is a quiet somber event, yet here, when it became so crowded and the pushing and shoving began there was nothing to be done.

Maklev plans to start an organization to address these issues and to set regulations into place to prevent tragedies in the future.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. He has the face of an angel,so young and sweet,and what more can we say ,we are going through so many tragedies
    one after the other,it’s only a sign from shomayim that
    we have to improve and do teshuva.if i can put in my two sense ,that our yiddishkiet has become a herd mentality.
    there is no more individuality,if someone dosn’t fit into a box,he is thrown out of school. mesivta,shiddichim,we have to see every yid as a diamond to be polished,we are throwing away hashems children on to the streets,much to fast,with so many otd this levaya the herd mentality showed it’s head push and shove to get close to the aron ,where does it say you have to be in it’s dalet amos, of the niftar,we have to do what every one else does,even if it dosn’t make no sense. that way!we have made our own religion,and hashem who sees every thing is going to exact payment for suffeting you cause his children,
    jewish religion should be changed the herd religion,
    given to you by the Jones next door!I have a lot more to say !we need to start loving indeviduality ,like the one who still comes with the plaid shirt!couldn’t find even one!am still looking!they tell me it’s bad for shidduchim!The abershter should help us get out of this herd galus which is destorying our souls!

  2. An organization to address theses issues?? There are organizations already in place. They are called yeshivos and they need to start teaching middos and seichel.

  3. While some pushing does occur to get close to the Aron (or Mitah) of a Godol , that was not the cause of the unfortunate tragedies that happened in this case , there was C’V no “stampede to get close to the Aron” like some news sights & individuals are trying to portray…..It was poshut poor planning , a crowd of that size should not have been allowed to enter the building & they should have had the stairway cleared before entering it with the Mitah….L’Maaseh they entred the stairway with the Mitah when the it was jammed with people & that’s what caused the great tragedy , שנשמע ונבשר אך ורק בשורות טובות ושמחות בבתי כל ישראל

  4. But Middos (manners) and seichel (common sense) are too secular for most yeshivos to teach! It would result in bitul Torah!

  5. Uncomfirmed, but I heard this morning that the almono of this angelic korban Oilah z”l lost her brother in the Mumbai attack in India!
    So, so sad!

  6. Yanky55:

    I agree with you very much and appreciate your courage in speaking out.

    I too am eager to be action oriented and believe that a ground-up demand from each of us is needed. First in our own behavior and families, then neighborhoods, communities and the world. Not the talk, walk the walk.

  7. In my opinion this is more horrific and tragic than the Sassoon fire. Unfortunately fires are part of the world we live in. We try to safeguard ourselves and do everything we can to prevent fire but we can comprehend that in normal life, fires occur and cause death and damage. It’s NOT comprehensible that frum yidden are dying from pushing and shoving. This is NOT a normal part of our lives and it’s a very dark and low moment in Jewish history. Shame on us!