Rabbi Doctor Moshe Rothschild, founder and president of Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, has passed away at the age of 89 after a short hospitalization following a head injury.
His funeral took place in Bnei Brak and was attended by thousands of the city’s residents who came to show their last respects to the beloved doctor. Dr. Moshe Rothschild had served as personal physician to many leading rabbis and Torah luminaries such as the Steipler (author of Kehillot Yaakov and father of the renowned rabbinical leader Rav Chaim Kanievsky), Rav Shach, the Baba Sali, and many other Torah leaders.
Dr. Rothschild is survived by his wife, seventeen children and hundreds of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bnei Brak mourns the passing of the man who had been “Bnei Brak’s Doctor” for over fifty years, even before founding the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center. Having studied medicine in Zurich and Paris and specialising in pediatrics, he served as the city doctor, and specifically as the pediatrician for the many children in the area. On Shabbat and holidays he would see hundreds of patients per day, and sometimes walk to the other end of the city to examine patients.
Dr. Rothschild founded the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center in the summer of 5750/1990. Today, Mayanei Hayeshuah treats over 250,000 patients each year in its eighteen departments and dozens of units and clinics.
Three years ago, Dr. Rothschild inaugurated the Mental Health Center, which includes various units, clinics and Day Care departments for men, women and adolescents suffering from mental disorders. This is the first mental health center in the world that is built specifically with the needs of the Torah-observant community in mind, with accommodations that are reminiscent of a luxury hotel. Dr. Rothschild was involved in all the details, and travelled abroad a number of times recently to raise funds for the new Mental Health Center.
The new pediatric and adolescent Eating Disorders Division has also just opened. Over the past few months, together with the Department’s professional staff, Dr. Rothschild had personally interviewed countless teenagers who suffer from eating disorders, especially Anorexia Nervosa.
Dr. Rothschild was a groundbreaker in combining the worlds of medicine and Jewish halachah, integrating the two to improve the treatments provided to the patients by making them fully accessible to the observant community and offering professional medical services that are in line with the patients’ beliefs and lifestyles.
Dr Moshe Rothschild leaves an incredible legacy.