Rabbi Yuval Cherlow
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During the Rosh Hashanah service at a Chabad House in northern India, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, head of the “Orot Shaul” yeshiva in Raanana, made a “Hagomel” blessing after being saved from a fall down a steep incline during an excursion in the region, Yediot Aharonot reported.

The rabbi's wife, Dr. Smadar Cherlow, described the story of Cherlow's rescue in a Whatsapp message to their seven children: "We went out to a kind of trek to the Darmacot Falls and then suddenly, father lost his balance on a wet rock, and in one second began to descend on a very deep slope," Smadar wrote. "In front of my eyes he rolls, and he has nothing to hold on to. And he continues to roll to the bottom of the slope, down to the bottom, down down, to the end! "

When he was at the bottom of the slope, Rabbi Cherlow shouted to his wife that he was all right and tried to find a way to climb back up between smooth, wet rocks. "He climbs without strength and looks for how to navigate himself up to me, but then, a long way before the end, he has nothing more to hold on to," Smadar recounted.

"At that moment, I see a group of locals appear on the route and I shout that we need help. They were very eager to help. Immediately everyone took off the scarf on his neck. The colorful scarves were tied tightly together, and the makeshift rope was thrown down to father. He started to climb, and that’s how he was rescued.”