February 22, 2024

Religious Services Minister Michael Malchieli confirmed that Rabbi Elimelech Wasserman, a rabbinical judge in Ashdod, was one of the three Israelis killed in a shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem on Thursday morning.

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, president of the First Supreme Rabbinical Court, expressed his sorrow at Wasserman’s “tragic murder,” stating that Wasserman “was a Torah scholar and one of the chosen few” who continued to work on behalf of the legal system even after retiring.

“The rabbinical courts will sorely miss his influential and benevolent presence. May the Almighty avenge his death and wipe away all tears…”

Minister Malchieli also expressed his deep sorrow and shock, describing the esteemed judge as “a distinguished figure within the Israeli Rabbinical Court system” who served with dedication and a radiant spirit for many years.

Israeli security forces at the scene of a shooting attack in at the entrance to Jerusalem, November 30, 2023. (credit: Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

According to reports, Rabbi Wasserman was en route to the Rabbinical Court in Ashdod when the attack occurred.

Wasserman’s career as a rabbinic judge

Rabbi Wasserman, a descendant of the Belz Hasidic dynasty, served as a judge in Ashdod and was involved in monetary matters in Jerusalem for approximately ten years. He was known for his extensive knowledge of the Talmud and Jewish legal rulings.

Wasserman is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.