JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In a tragic accident which occurred at the Kinneret Wednesday evening, an 18-year-old boy drowned at the separate beach near the tomb of Rabbi Meir Baal Hanes.
The boy, Mordechai Schlesinger from Bnei Brak, was missing for an hour until he was located in the water and brought in critical condition to the beach, where emergency personnel attempted to resuscitate him. He was taken to the nearby hospital where he was declared dead.
Schlesinger was born in 2004 in Bnei Brak. His father, R’Yechezkel Schlesinger, who was present at the beach, serves as a mashgiach in the yeshiva of Beer Hatalmud in Elad and his mother is a member of the Finkelstein family in Bnei Brak. Mordechai studied in the Chemed yeshiva and later in Netivot Chochma, a yeshiva in Bayit V’gan, Jerusalem.
His friends described a wonderful personality who was loved by everyone and sat and studied at all times, including during Bein Hazmanim and other holidays as well as during breaks in the yeshiva schedule. He exuded joy of life and calmness but his learning was fiery and full of excitement.
In a tear-filled levaya, Mordechai was taken from his parent’s home in Bnei Brak to Elad, where he was buried. His father said that he would awaken every morning and study without speaking (Taanis Dibbur). Rabbi Dunner from the Divrei Shir shul in Bnei Brak where he studied testified to his diligence and said that “the walls of the Beis Midrash prove that even in the last week of Bein Hazmanim he was studying.”