Friday, June 6, 2014

Chasidishe Bochur dies drowning in mikva on Shevuois in Uman

 A Chasidishe Bochur  is dead after drowning in a lake while celebrating the Shavuot holiday in Uman, Ukraine, rescue workers in Ukraine said.

23-year-old Shlomo Zalman Kozlowski of Bnei Brak, Israel, drowned in the lake while immersing himself as part of a holy ritual.

Kozlowski went to Uman in order to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot at the grave site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. After entering the lake his friends realized that Kozlowski lost his consciousness.

They pulled him out and alerted local rescue workers. Kozlowski was transferred to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim’s father was identified as Rabbi Shraga Feivel Kozlowski, a member of the Gur Hasidic sect. This was not the first time that a yeshiva student drowned in Uman.

Last year, 19-year-old Eliyahu Al of Netanya, Israel, drowned after immersing himself in the lake. Al died after suffering of hypothermia as the water of the lake was extremely cold.

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