R’ Chaim Yechiel Rothman Still in Coma


chaim-yechiel-rothmanR’ Chaim Yechiel Rothman, the 54-year-old Canadian citizen who was struck in the head with a meat cleaver in the terror attack in Har Nof neighborhood, is in a medically induced coma and has lost vision in one eye, Rachmana litzlan.

R’ Chaim Yechiel, who also suffered brain damage and is the most seriously wounded victim among those who survived, has 10 children.

R’ Chaim Yechiel 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.

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 10 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.

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

All are asked to daven for Chaim Yechiel ben Malka.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


  1. Why aren’t we hearing more about this? Everyone needs to gather in tefilla for r’ rothman. I have no connection to his family , just read it this morning and it seems like he really needs rachamei shamayim!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. We must all pray for Hashem to awake him so Rabbi Rothman can continue to study Torah and fufill Mitzvoth in this World. I think on of his Sons she read Torah to him while he is in his Comatos state. Because his Soul is still there the Body is just not conscience. May God heal him and restore him to his family and Am Yisrael!

  3. Amein! Why aren’t we doing more? Why aren’t we having Tefillah rallies for the Refuah Sheleimah of Chaim Yechiel ben Mallka Rothman
    May he have a Refuah Sheleima Be’karov