HaRav Mordechai Yehuda Friedman, Hy"d, a quiet, modest
avreich and one of the important ameilei Torah
of the Ger chassidim in Beit Shemesh was murdered in the
homicide bombing attack at the Meron Junction.
The niftar was born on 15 Kislev, 5738. His father is
HaRav Dovid Friedman, one of the prominent members of the Ger
community in Yerushalayim.
HaRav Mordechai Yehuda Hy"d was educated in the Ger
institutions in Yerushalayim where he developed into a
capable talmid chochom who distanced himself from all
the havlei olom.
He was beloved by all who knew him. He was careful to use all
his time to grow spiritually. Just last Thursday he told a
friend how he felt that he had managed to continue his growth
even during the bein hazmanim particularly in
halachah. He was dedicated to the regular learning in his
kollel but also maintained personal sedorim in
His family suffered another tragedy 14 years ago, when his
brother drowned along with three other friends while hiking
in the summer.
Last Shabbos he spent in Tzfas, and Sunday morning he went
with two friends to daven at Meron. They were on their
way back. Rav Friedman managed to get onto the crowded bus
while his two friends were left further behind.
He is survived by his wife, the daughter of Rav Yosef Gersh
of Bnei Brak, and one son, aged three.
He was buried on Sunday in Yerushalayim.