TRAGEDY: A Grandfather Drowns While Toiveling At Netanya Beach Shortly Before Grandson’s Bris


A 50-year-old man drowned on a beach in Netanya on Monday, 2 Elul, hours before his grandson’s bris. The incident occurred north of the Argaman beach in the city, in an area unauthorized for swimming, near signs warning persons not to enter the water.

Kikar Shabbos News reports the victim was a shomer Shabbos individual, and he was in the water to toivel ahead of the bris.

United Hatzalah EMT Shimon Eliyahu explained that he and others began CPR after the man was extricated from the water and he was transported to a hospital with CPR in progress. He was R”L pronounced dead at Laniado Hospital in the city.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. two years ago two frum guys from Brooklyn were in Florida and went swimming in an area clearly marked as being closed to swimming because of rip tides and which had no lifeguards. They drowned.
    It’s not worth risking your life . Don’t go into the ocean without lifeguards and while ignoring warning signs

  2. “Who can question Hashem’s cheshbonos!”

    Its not a matter of questioning the Ebeshter’s cheshbonos or otherwise an issue of reconciling this tragedy with hashgacha paratis. We also need to understand WHY a presumably responsible adult with such a wonderful simcha hours away would deliberately put his life at risk nothwithstanding signs warning of the impending danger. There seems to be too many of these tragedies which are so avoidable.


  3. Yaapchick, blaming this tragedy on Hashems cheshbonos is simply misplaced attempt to shield the man from any responsibility. I think Hashems cheshbonos was that the man should obey the warning signs

  4. Yerushalmit, these posters who sit behind ficticious screen names feel at liberty to spew their constant cynicism and hate no matter the cost, as long as their identities are hidden. They dont care that a family is in mourning and are suffering. All they care is about their ill talk of others and constant Loshon Horah. Only a cold hearted Jew would take a tragedy and trash the victim. I am quite certain that these holier than thou folks all obey the speeding limit to the T and and follow every Halacha correctly. Kol haposel bemoumoi posel.

  5. Git Meshige,
    I think the point is that we all make such mistakes but let’s learn from this tragedy to be more careful with following the signs.

    This story is a sign for all of us… let’s see who will choose to listen or who will keep on doing what they used to?

  6. BDE, what a tragedy. I totally agree that the temperature here needs to be lowered. However it is reasonable to ask why a person goes into the sea in an area marked as dangerous and forbidden. The mikve in Kiriyat Sanz, a short distance away, is always available and is very clean.

  7. Git Mishege
    Nobody is holier than thou. It is a tragedy. However, it is not hate ,or trashing the victim, to point out there can be a tendency to excuse the victim of any responsibility , and blame others, i.e. Hashems cheshbonos. It is not hate to point out that tragedies like this are avoidable .

  8. I took Rif’s comment at face value – I didn’t think he was being inappropriate, but I understand your perspective on his post.

    This seems to have been an avoidable tragedy – there aren’t mikvaot in Netanya? Why use the sea when there are alternatives, especially when warning signs are posted. I don’t suppose anyone will ever know. May his devastated family be comforted.

  9. To echo some other comments and add my own thoughts, I agree that this appears to be an avoidable tragedy. The overt negligence, disobedience of signage, common sense, and local laws, of this devastating outcome raises the questions in my mind if (C’v’S 1000x) the deceased did this as a willing participant. Aside from perhaps air travel across seas, I can’t think of too many people who look to put themselves in situations where they will have to bench gomel on Mondays and Thursdays. The family should find comfort and clarity.