The death toll from a Bnei Brak funeral rose to two on Wednesday after a man trampled in a crush of mourners succumbed to his injuries.
Yitzhak Samet, 18, had been in critical condition since the Saturday night funeral of a prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbi turned deadly, with one man being trampled to death in the crowd of mourners who numbered in the tens of thousands. Dozens more were injured, including two who remained in critical condition on Wednesday.
Samet, who was a member of the Toldos Aharon Hasidic sect and was engaged to be married, was pronounced dead at the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.
Rabbi Shmuel Wosner, an influential figure in ultra-Orthodox circles, died last Friday evening at the age of 101. Tens of thousands turned out Saturday night for his funeral procession.
During the funeral, Mordechai Gerber, 27, was evacuated by paramedics to Ichilov Hospital in serious condition, and later died of his injuries.
Hundreds attended Gerber’s funeral on Sunday afternoon. He was married with a three-year-old child.
The condition of another casualty, Tomer Elkobi, 36, has improved slightly, but he remains in serious condition on life support, the Hebrew language Ynet website reported.
Yisroel Doeni, 14, remained hospitalized at the Sheba Medical Center.
Nati Rosner, a United Hatzalah medic, told the ultra-Orthodox Kikar HaShabat website that the funeral was extremely overcrowded. He said most of the serious injuries occurred towards the beginning of the procession, which began at the Hochmei Lublin yeshiva, an institution founded and headed by Wosner.
“As the funeral procession left the yeshiva, dozens of people fell on top of each other, right before our eyes,” Rosner said.
“We called for backup and began attending to the injured. We treated three seriously injured people and another critically wounded man with serious internal injuries. A Gush Dan rescue medic, who was also injured, was treated at the scene,” he continued.
A prominent figure in Haredi Judaism, Wosner was a highly regarded posek, or scholar of Jewish law. Considered one of the final members of a generation educated in European yeshivas prior to the Holocaust, Wosner arrived in the British Mandate of Palestine in 1939.
His principal work, “Shevet Levi,” a series of questions and answers on Jewish Law, focused, among other things, on the ultra-Orthodox relationship to the modern world and applications of technology.
Widely considered a conservative figure, Wosner issued rulings, among other things, against immodest modern female attire, as well as smartphone and Internet use.