Rabbi Eliezer Goldberg, a teacher at the Tzeirim yeshiva in Bnei Brak, died on Friday night from heart failure. He was 74.
At around 9:00 p.m. on Friday evening, Magen David Adom received a call from the Rosh Yeshiva, who said that Rabbi Goldberg was not feeling well. Rabbi Oshi Shlomovich, director of the Ichud Hatzalah medical group in the Dan Region who was nearby, arrived at the yeshiva and began to provide Rabbi Goldberg with medical treatment.
“I got there right after the phone call,” Rabbi Shlomovich told Arutz Sheva on Saturday night. “Rabbi Goldberg was fully conscious and I was even able to chat with him for a few minutes. He told me, ‘My heart is hurting,’ and together with other Ichud Hatzalah volunteers we gave him medical treatment, including oxygen. While we were doing that a Magen David Adom ambulance arrived.”
He added, “At that point the rabbi lost consciousness and we had to try to resuscitate him. We told the yeshiva students who were in the next room to start reciting Psalms because the rabbi’s condition was not good. After an hour of CPR we saw that nothing could be done, and a Magen David Adom doctor pronounced him dead.”
“We called seven of the young students from next door and we recited Shema Yisrael together,” Rabbi Shlomovich said. “His family came to the yeshiva after they heard the terrible news. It’s hard to describe the moments I got to speak with him and then those difficult minutes when I was giving him CPR. It was then that I understood the greatness of the person asking me for help.”
Rabbi Goldberg z”l was laid to rest on Saturday night in Bnei Brak.