However, Sandak's death was just the tip of the iceberg. The protests quickly morphed into a wider movement against the Israeli government's handling of a range of issues, including economic inequality, corruption, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Israel has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent months, leading to renewed restrictions on movement and gatherings.
Many Israelis have criticized the government's handling of the pandemic, arguing that the restrictions have been too harsh and that the economic impact has been devastating.
One of the most striking aspects of the protests was the diversity of the participants. Israelis from all walks of life took to the streets, from ultra-Orthodox Jews to secular Israelis, from Arab citizens to Jewish settlers in the West Bank.
Many protesters carried signs and chanted slogans that reflected their specific concerns, but all were united in their demand for change.
During one of Saturday's protests, opposition leader Yair Lapid described the current situation as Israel's "biggest crisis."
Mr. Lapid warned in the southern city of Be'er Sheva that the nation was facing an unparalleled disaster.
A wave of terrorism is hitting us, our economy is crashing, money is escaping the country. Iran just signed yesterday a new agreement with Saudi Arabia. But the only thing this government cares about is crushing Israeli democracy.- Yair Lapid, Opposition leader
The Israeli government has been quick to condemn the protests, with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett accusing the demonstrators of incitement and violence.
However, many Israelis see the protests as a necessary expression of frustration and anger at a government that has failed to address their concerns.
With Israel facing a range of challenges, from the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians to the economic fallout from the pandemic, the government will need to listen to the voices of its citizens if it hopes to maintain its legitimacy and avoid further unrest.