Body of HaBochur Moshe Yitzchok Greenfeld Z”L Still Not Released By London Coroner


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As YWN reported on Wednesday, rescue workers in London recovered the body of the 19-year-old Moshe Yitzchok Greenfield Z”L, a Yeshiva Bochur who drowned in a pond in Stamford Hill.

It is reported that Greenfeld and a friend went swimming, taking advantage of bein hazmanim. It appears at some point he was unable to continue swimming and he began calling for assistance. Ultimately he drowned R”L.

The family had another tragedy a number of years ago. The father, R’ Chaim Yaakov z”l, a prominent member of the London Satmar community, died of a serious illness. That was followed by a second tragedy in the family, when his sister was niftara, also from illness. The death of Yitzchok is the third tragedy to befall the family R”L.

Meanwhile, all Batei Midrashim have signs handing asking people to be Mispallel, and calling for Minyanim to recite Tehillim in the hopes that the body will be released quickly in order to make a Levaya and Kevura as soon as possible. The body is currently at a Jewish mortuary. But the Chevra Kadisha can’t proceed until the coroner signs off the papers. It appears that the Levaya will not be held until Friday.

Local residents tell YWN that the coroner is notorious for causing problems for the Jewish and Muslim communities – both who rush to make the Levaya as soon as possible.

As YWN recently reported, there is currently legal action being taken against Coroner Mary Hassel for ignoring the religious beliefs of Jews and Muslims.


(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Hashem please help us we see that we need your help and can’t manage with out you.
    Perhaps: It’s time that we together with all Rabbonim, Rashaya Yeshivas, Gedolim and Rebbes eliminate the long Bein Hazmanim and keep it to a real MINIMUM!!!

    May Hashem have Rachmonus on all Yidden world wide, and help us do Teshuva to encourage the coming of Moshiach in the near future, Amen.

  2. This woman Coroner Mary Hassel is absolutely wicked person. She causes untold distress to families on daily basis. As though it is not enough for this family to suffer the death of their son, they also cannot bury him as our religion allows. No effort should be spared to drive her out of her position. Suspicious deaths where there is genuine cause to believe a third party might have caused or been complicit in the death of course need to be investigated, but this should be done in a sensitive way that shows respect for our religious traditions and the family of the deceased. This woman has no respect for us.

  3. Kenwood Castle is in London Borough of Camden as is the Royal Free Hospital, where various Yehudim have passed away, and it is always hard to get body out of the hospital because of this cornoner. Once past her jurisdiction, everything sails like a breeze including getting body out of UK onto airliner to Israel. Golders Green is in London Borough of Barnet, and not under her jurisdiction.

  4. i think it was a granddaughter who passed away not long ago, as well as the father!
    lo oleinu, that’s why we say hamakom yenachem eschem… velo tosifu le’daava od!