BDE: Har Nof Massacre Victim Rav Chaim Yechiel Rothman HYD


croAs the tzibur prepares to mark the first yahrzeit of the Har Nof terror attack in Kehillos Bnei Torah we learn of the petira on Shabbos parshas Lech Lecha of one of the victims who has been hospitalized since being wounded in that attack, Rav Chaim Yechiel Rothman HY”D.

Rav Rothman sustained permanent neurological damage from his massive head injuries and has been in a number of long-term care facilities since.

The levaya is announced for motzei Shabbos at 22:00 from the beis Knesses where the attack occurred.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. BDE. How sad, but how fitting that he should have passed away on Parshas Lech Lecha. I remember R’ Rothman well from my seminary days in Har Nof, where he and his wife offered help, kindness, and hospitality to me and many other students. He was a great yet unassuming person; a true inspiration to all who aspired to walk in the path of Torah.

  2. REM30, the statement from R’ Chaim wasn’t about Shimon suffering due to Reuven’s pshia, it was about Reuven suffering for his own.

    It is also rather insensitive to make such a statement on this article. Don’t let your agendas keep you from being nosei be’ol with fellow yidden.

    It’s also not recommended to be motzi laz about any other yidden -especially as a klal. We don’t need extra kitrug.

    I think an apology is due.

  3. R’ Chaim Yechiel was a dear yid ,a real ‘mokir Rabanan

    Raised in Toronto, R’ Chaim Yechiel graduated from the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto in 1979 before studying computer science at York University, where he met his wife, Risa Dodick from Windsor, Ontario. They married in August 1986.

    The couple lived in Eretz Yisroel for the past 30 years, raising 11 children, the youngest of whom is 4 years old.

    Just six weeks before the attack, R’ Chaim Yechiel’s daughter Zehava Farago gave birth to Sarah, his first grandchild.

    R’ Chaim Yechiel’s mother, Mollie – as well as most of his siblings – reside in Canada.

    A longtime resident of Har Nof, Mr. Rothman davened regularly at Kehillas Bnei Torah.

    Ten years ago, R’ Chaim Yechiel’s oldest son, Eliyahu Mordechi, was killed at the age of 17 after falling off a cliff while riding his bicycle through the Yerushalayim Forest.

    R’ Chaim Yechiel was born in September, 1960, in Toronto, Ontario. He attended Bialik Hebrew Day School in Toronto; CHAT (Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto); York University in Toronto (B.A., economics and computer science); and Tel Aviv University in Israel (M.A., Public Policy).

    R’ Chaim Yechiel had worked as an auditor for Office of the State Comptroller of Israel.