Following the tragedy that took place at the levaya of Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner zt”l with the trampling death of Reb Mordechai Gerber z”l of Elad, some are pointing out that Rav Wosner himself issues a p’sak halachah forbidden the bringing of an aron into a bais medrash for hespeidim.
Conversation continues regarding whether there was sufficient police presence at the levaya, held on Motzoei Shabbos, as well as whether the levaya should have been held during the day instead.
But focus is also being directed at a p’sak which would indicate that Rav Wosner’s aron should not have been brought into the bais medrash of his yeshiva, Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin, for the levaya altogether. In Sefer Iyunei Halachos, written by the Rebbe of Biala of Ramat Aaron, Cheilek Gimmel, which deals with the prohibition to bring a coffin into a bais medrash for hespeidim, a story that took place in the city of Bnei Brak is mentioned. One time, a respected talmid chochom was killed in a car accident amidst inclement weather. Due to the weather, the levaya could not be held outside.
Rav Wosner was consulted, and he ruled that the aron should not be brought into the bais medrash, and the hespeidim delivered in the bais medrash should be abbreviated, and instead an asifas hesped should be held to mark the end of shivah or shloshim.