Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, a member of the hareidi-religious Eida Hareidit religious court of Jerusalem, passed away late Wednesday night after a cardiac arrest.
Emergency services were dispatched after Rabbi Brandsdorfer lost consciousness in his home shortly after 10:00 p.m. Wednesday. The Hatzalah emergency service and Magen David Adom first response paramedics attempted resuscitation efforts for nearly 40 minutes before an MDA doctor who arrived at the scene pronounced the rabbi’s death.
Rabbi Brandsdorfer, 75, a member of the Eida Hareidit rabbinical court, headed the organization’s ritual slaughtering division. He was considered one of the leading halachic (Jewish legal -ed.) authorities and author of the responsa Kaneh Bosem. Rabbi Brandsdorfer was one of the spiritual leaders of the Hassidic Toldot Avraham Yitzchak group. He was also a renowned mohel (rabbi who performs ritual circumcision -ed.).
The funeral was set to begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday from the Zupnik building complex on Strauss Street in Jerusalem. The procession is to pass by the Toldot Avraham Yitzchak Beit Midresh learning center, and then continue to the cemetery at the Mount of Olives.