Body of Missing Israeli Found in Uman

The body of missing Israeli Amir Ohana was found in a river in Uman, Ukraine after he was reported missing last week.

From VIN News:

Ohana’s body was found Saturday in a lake in the city, which is a popular destination for many Jews on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. His family has been informed.

The ZAKA rescue organization found the body of the unfortunate man, who suffered from epilepsy.

“One of the ZAKA volunteers who had flown out from Israel on Thursday saw the body floating in the river that runs through Uman,” read a ZAKA statement on Saturday night. “Ohana z”l was found wearing his Shabbat clothes, without shoes or socks. It would appear that he had fallen into the river, after sitting on the river banks.”

Apparently Ohana was struck by an epileptic fit while sitting by the river, and due to it he fell in and drowned.

“ZAKA is working together with the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Embassy to bring the body back to Israel as soon as possible for burial.”

Ohana, a married father of three from Bat Yam, had been missing since last Tuesday, when he went out to the woods to be alone on the last day of the two-day holiday.

The tragic discovery comes after volunteers in the ZAKA rescue organization, which had been conducting a massive search operation, reported last Friday that they had received important testimony from witnesses who had seen Ohana just before contact was lost with him.

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8 Comments

  • 1. Please wrote:

    1. never swim or toivel alone
    2. ZAKA volunteers & all others should be wearing life jackets while in any boat

  • 2. Unemployed Noachide wrote:

    Baruch Dayan Ha-Emet.

    Medical condition or not, if you’re a Jew traveling abroad you should only do so with a buddy. Better yet, travel in groups of three or more! Even if you’re engaging in hitbodedut (personal prayer) do so within view of your traveling buddy and/or companions. Please, please, please … never walk around alone when you’re abroad. I’m saying this as someone with a lifetime of law enforcement and security work under my belt. Trust in Ha-Shem, but use common sense. The life you save might be your own.

  • 3. Why???? wrote:

    Why was he alone? Yes, I know the practice of Breslov to go to a place of nature but surely, someone could have gone with & hung back, just to make sure he was OK? Apart from his epilepsy, the Ukranians aren’t exactly partial to Jews.

    And why, if he had such a medical condition, was he allowed to go to Uman in the first place? Especially without someone being with him? I’m sure there is no erev out of the town so he wouldn’t have an emergency phone or meds with him.

    Another tragedy that could have been averted. Such a young man & his poor wife and children….BDE.

  • 5. RIver treacherous wrote:

    BDE. What a terrible thing that could have been avoided had common sense, advised by blogger here,
    prevailed. A traveler, returning from Uman, said the river is treacherous.

  • 6. 723 wrote:

    is that really possible? why would someone who knows he has such a condition, go alone? Could it be that this is not the cause?

  • 8. Hashgocha Protis wrote:

    We feel the pain of his family but to.begin to.say.that it could have been easily avoided if…. Is very insensitive.
    We have to take a lesson but remember that מה’ מצעדי גבר כוננו

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