A 47-year-old Jerusalem man died Monday morning after he lost consciousness while immersing in a ritual bath (mikvah) on Ibn Hazel Street in the capital.
The man has been identified as Rabbi Moshe Zeev Dror.
Dror was not breathing when he was found in the mivkah and had no vital signs.
MDA and United Hatzalah emergency medical responders were called to the scene and attempted to resuscitate Dror. After repeated attempts to resuscitate him, paramedics were forced to declare Dror dead at the scene.
“When I got there, I saw a number of civilians attempting to perform CPR on a man who had been pulled from a mikvah,” said United Hatzalah volunteer Nahum Yozvitz. “I joined them in their resuscitation attempts, and was later assisted by other volunteers from the United Hatzalah motorcycle response unit that live in the area as we attempted to save [the man’s] life. Unfortunately, we had to declare him dead after the attempts to resuscitate him.”
While paramedics attempted to resuscitate him, Dror’s wife and son waited outside of the entrance to the mikvah, praying on him to be saved.
The tragedy struck the Dror family just days before a planned Bar Mitzvah celebration, and as one of Dror’s daughters prepared for her wedding. Dror’s son was scheduled to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah this Thursday, while his daughter is to be wed in December.