(JTA) – The number of fatalities from trampling at a mass funeral near Tel Aviv climbed to two, as a young man succumbed to injuries he sustained there.
Yitzhak Sammet, 18, passed away Wednesday morning at hospital from injuries he received on April 5, while attending the funeral in Bnei Brak of Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Wosner, the news site Ynet.co.il reported.
Nearly 100,000 mourners came to Bnei Brak for the funeral of the prominent haredi Ashkenazi Orthodox rabbi, who died on April 3, shortly before the start of the Passover holiday, at the age of 101.
The first trampling fatality from the funeral procession was Mordechai Moti Gerber, 27, of Elad, who died shortly after being trampled. Attempts to resuscitate him at Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv failed and he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. He was a former student of the rabbi. Gerber is survived by a wife and his young son.
The procession began from the offices of the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva headed by Wosner and snaked through the heavily-Orthodox city to the Zichron Meir cemetery,
Among the three critically injured at the event was a 14-year-old boy. The police have opened an investigation into possible negligence.
Wosner immigrated to Mandatory Palestine before the outbreak of World War II and later established the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. He is the author of the Shevet Halevi commentary on Jewish law. He had been hospitalized since March.