Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Wosner, one of the most senior and respected figures in the Charedi world, died on Friday night at a hospital in Bnei Brak, aged 101.
The rabbi was hospitalized at the beginning of March but suffered a severe deterioration in his condition on Friday. He died shortly after the Pesach began in Israel.
Rabbi Wosner was born in Vienna in 1913 in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and emigrated to Mandatory Palestine before the outbreak of the Second World War. His stature as a Torah scholar quickly grew, and after spending time in Jerusalem moved to Bnei Brak and established the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva there, a name taken from a famous pre-Holocaust yeshiva in Poland.
Among Wosner’s works was the multi-volume Shevet Halevi commentary on Jewish law. He was also considered one of the world’s leading arbiters of Jewish law.
Wosner’s funeral took place on Saturday night in Bnei Brak and was attended by ten's thousands of mourners from the city and beyond.
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Israeli police say a man was crushed to death in a stampede during a funeral procession for a Jewish religious scholar.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says more than 100,000 mourners flooded the streets of the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak, where the funeral took place late Saturday.
Rosenfeld said Sunday that a surge of people tried to enter and exit a building for an unknown reason, pushing some mourners up against a staircase and unable to move. Rosenfeld said paramedics struggled to reach the 27-year-old victim because of the crowd and he was pronounced dead at a hospital.
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