BORUCH DAYAN EMES: Aharon Sofer z”l


aharon-sofer7It is with great sadness that we report that the body of Aharon Sofer has been found in the Yerushalayim Forest.

Aharon had been missing since Friday, when he went hiking with a friend in the Yerushalayim Forest. At some point during the hike, Aharon and his friend became separated, with Aharon never emerging.

Aharon, who was 23, was a talmid of Rav Tzvi Kaplan’s Yeshivas Kodshim in Yerushalayim.

Aharon’s parents, Reb Moshe Tzvi and Mrs. Chulda Sofer of Lakewood, NJ, had flown to Eretz Yisroel to be on scene as hundreds canvassed the forest and surrounding area ins earch of their son.

It appears that Aharon fell off a cliff as he attempted to find his way out of the forest.

Sources indicate that there was no terror-related activity or foul play involved in this tragedy.

The Yerushalayim Forest – a pine forest surrounded by the Yerushalayim neighborhoods of Beit Hakerem, Yefeh Nof, Ein Kerem, Har Nof, Givat Shaul, and Beit Zayit – is actually not that large. The forest was planted during the 1950s by the Jewish National Fund. At its largest, the forest extended over about 4 square kilometers. Over the years, it has shrunk due to urban expansion. Today it covers about 1.2 square kilometers.

On Tuesday, after Aharon was missing for four days, a large-scale press conference was held in Lakewood to bring attention to Aharon disappearance. Coverage in national and international news outlets over the passed few days brought additional exposure, as Zaka, Ichud Hatzolah, the Israeli Police, the Shin Bet, and others assisted in the search.

Aharon, who turned 23 this week, is survived by his parents, Reb Moshe Tzvi and Chulda; by his nine siblings; and by an extended family and friends.

Umacha Hashem dimah meial kol ponim.

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. Baruch Dayan HaEmmes!
    I can’t imagine the pain of the parents and the chaveirim. May they be nisnaacheim.
    May he be a maylitz yosher for his parents and all of klal Yisroel.
    Tichleh Shona veKileloseha.

  2. Baruch Dayan Haemes. Klal Yisrae-l’s collective heart is torn to shreds over the tragic departure from this world of this teiereh eideleh neshoma.

    May the Riboino Shel Oilam be menachem his parents and siblings and the entire family
    May they draw chizuk from the deep wellsprings of Emunah and bitachon bequeathed to them by this bachur’s unforgettable zeide a true Eved Hashem– Harav Hagaon Rav Moishie Eiseman ztvk”l. Bila maves lanetzach.

  3. BDE, what a tragedy & loss to befall klal yisroel

    with tears rolling down my cheeks, I beg everyone to please change our ways with teshuva & return to Hashem together as a nation.

    Over the past 5 years we have been going thorough a time of non-stop tzaros that R”L continues due to us not facing reality with us accepting Hashems wake-up calls for teshuva.

    (my siddur is waterlogged with tears of davening for klal yisroel to return to Hashem with pure teshuva like we did before purim)

    May his neshama have an Aliya
    May his family have a Nechama &
    may we all do teshuva ASAP so mashiach can come & the tzaros in klal yisroel can come to an end

  4. So where do you take that cheshbon hanefesh? Maybe see Hashem’s gift and stop idol worshipping in diaspro, joining in settlement of G-D’s land and joining klal yisrael in the protection of the people and land, stop being poresh mehaztibur

  5. May Aharon A”H’s neshama go straight to the kisei haKavod. What a sad day. Wishing his grieving family nechama. May we as a Nation give ourselves over to Hashem’s judgment and not constantly be scolding each other and second-guessing Him. Moshiach Now.