R’ Chaim Yechiel Rothman In A Coma After Being Struck In Head With Meat Cleaver During Har Nof Attack

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chaim-yechiel-rothmanR’ Chaim Yechiel Rothman was still fresh from celebrating the birth of his first granddaughter when he was struck in the head by an axe wielded by a Palestinian attacker.

“He’s lost vision in one eye, they were able to minimize bleeding in the brain, but according to the CT scan there’s been an enormous amount of brain damage,” a relative in Toronto told the National Post. “If he does survive this, his quality of life, we still don’t know,” she added.

Raised in Toronto, R’ Chaim Yechiel graduated from the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto in 1979 before studying computer science at York University, where he met his wife, Risa.

The couple has lived in Israel for the past 30 years. There, they have raised 11 children, the youngest of whom is 3 years old.

Just six weeks ago, R’ Chaim Yechiel’s daughter Zehava Farago gave birth to Sarah, his first grandchild.

R’ Chaim Yechiel’s mother – as well as most of his siblings – reside in Canada. Last night, family members gathered at the home of the bubby of the Rothman family, Mollie.

In a Tuesday statement to press, R’ Chaim Yechiel’s sister, Shelley Rothman-Benhaim, of Montreal said her brother remains “in a medically induced coma. He was very seriously injured and has already undergone several surgeries due to the attacks to his head, eyes and arms.”

A longtime resident of Har Nof, Mr. Rothman davened regularly at Kehilas Bnei Torah, the site of Tuesday’s attack.

Nine years ago, R’ Chaim Yechiel’s oldest son, Eliyahu Mordechi, was killed at the age of 17 after falling off a cliff while riding his bicycle through the Yerushalayim Forest.

R’ Chaim Yechiel’s has undergone surgery, but he is still in a coma in critical condition and has lost a lot of blood. He needs rachamei Shomayim.

All are asked to daven for Chaim Yechiel ben Malka.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

7 COMMENTS

  1. can someone please explain to me why the gov’t isn’t willing to bury the terrorists wrapped in pigskin? according to their beliefs, that stops them from entering their “paradise”. It’s possible that even animals as twisted as them will be able to come to the conclusion that it’s not worth it for them. Instead of wasting time bulldozing homes, and crying to the UN, why don’t they do something somewhat constructive?

  2. can someone please explain to me why the gov’t isn’t willing to bury the terrorists wrapped in pigskin? according to their beliefs, that stops them from entering their “paradise”. It’s possible that even animals as twisted as them will be able to come to the conclusion that it’s not worth it for them. Instead of wasting time bulldozing homes, and crying to the UN, why don’t they do something somewhat constructive?

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