Frum Bochur Killed In An Accident Denied Kvura In Bnei Brak

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1Teenager Natan Zeituni z”l was killed in a vehicle accident when his bicycle collided with a vehicle on Route 417. The family has since learned that the tragedy of his sudden death is being compounded by the refusal of the chevra kadisha to permit his kvura in the Shomrei Shabbos cemetery in Bnei Brak for various reasons.

HaGaon HaRav Shimon Ba’adani, a member of the Shas Moetzas Gedolei Torah has become involved, sending a letter to clarify the niftar was shomer Shabbos and was makpid in his adherence of Torah and Mitzvos.

In his letter, Rav Ba’adani explains that since the petira of his friend Yaakov Levi 18 months ago, the niftar did teshuvah and returned to a life of Torah and Mitzvos including daily tefilla and limud Torah. The rav added the niftar did not have a non-kosher phone and when he was killed tragically, he was returning from learning with his chavrusa in Elad.

The rav explains he was asked to assist in the matter to permit the niftar to be interred in Bnei Brak to prevent additional pain and sorrow to the family as well as preventing ‘bitzui’ of the niftar. Rav Ba’adani explains an avreich was witness to the fact the niftar returned to a proper life and davens three times daily and learns Torah regularly.

Rabbi Yitzchak Stern of Kehillas Ziv Yehuda also become involved, adding “It is most unfortunate the doors are being closed to a baal teshuvah”.

Ultimately, the decision was made to bury the niftar in a shomer shabbos cemetery in the Yarkon area.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


11 COMMENTS

  1. Now a kosher phone is a requirement for Kever Yisroel?
    How about checking all his clothes for Shatnez, retrospectively, or finding out who his mohel was?
    What about those who denied him burial upon loshon horah; where will they be ultimately laid to rest?

  2. Are we to understand from this article that people who have “non kosher phones” are not considered worthy of kevura as shomrei Shabbos?

  3. NO, you are not to understand from this that a kosher phone is a criteria. And he did not say that. So please don’t look to make matters worse. It was simply mentioned to emphasize it as an additional proof that the boy was Shomer Shabbos and mitzvos, which I’m sure you understood. The whole story is very strange and unfortunate.

    P.S. To be buried in the Shomer Shabbos section, the only requirement is that a person be Shomer Shabbos.

  4. SOMETHING MISSING FROM THIS STORY. TO BE BURIED IN A JEWISH CEMETERY ONE HAS TO PROVE HOW FRUM THEY ARE?
    will someone clarify ? how terribly painful to the parents.

  5. its very simple to explain if you are involved in Medicaid fraud and donate money to your local mosdos then its okay but if you use an iphone than you can not be buried , pathetic

  6. This kind of tragic narishkeit is the kind of thing that further widens the rift between the modern frum community and the chareidim. What a sad and tragic story…..

  7. to #4: you obviously didn’t read the whole story…
    Read it again carefully and you will see that he was NOT ALWAYS FRUM.
    He is a RECENT choizer b’tshuvah

  8. Nobody said he would not have a proper kevura. The question was as to whether or not it would be in the Shomer Shabbos section. That seemed to be being questioned.

    # 7 You are completely wrong and that’s loshon horah about the entire community of Bnei Brak. There seems to be a question of the Shomer Shabbos issue.