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Monday, March 23, 2015

Tragedy in Brooklyn

It is difficult to describe the Sereifah that occurred in Brooklyn on Shabbat.  The following is a compilation of thoughts and ideas I found or thought of about this unimaginable tragedy.  May the mother and daughter recover speedily, may both parents see no more Tzarot, and may Hashem grant them both strength after such an occurrence.

“They all had faces of angels. Hashem [God] knows how much I love them,” Gabriel Sassoon said.

...“People forget what’s important in life,” he said. “My kids were the best, but really, every child is the best and most beautiful child in the world.”

...“There’s only one way to survive this. There is only total and complete utter surrender. Our wishes are tiny compared to what Hashem has planned.”

  • In his eulogy, the father Gabriel Sassoon said, "I sacrificed 7 pure sheep on Rosh Chodesh Nissan", making reference to the Rosh Hodesh sacrifice.
  • Rosh Hodesh Nissan was also the day when Nadav And Avihu passed away, where a father loses his children. The verses בקרבי אקדש  and כָּל-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל--יִבְכּוּ אֶת-הַשְּׂרֵפָה are appropriate to say here too.
  • Some interesting info (in Hebrew) at Sod1820 about this.
  • One part of the above link in Hebrew and YWN in English point out that the Fogel Family Massacre also occurred on Friday night of Parshat Vayikra when all were sleeping.  The Hebrew link also mentions that the Shaer fire also occurred during the week of Parshat Vayikra.  The Fogels lost 5 souls in 5771, the Shaers lost 6 souls in 5772, and the Sassoons lost 7 souls in 5775.  The Vayikra theme of Korbanot is not lost on people either.
  • A commenter on Matzav pointed out that the gematria of the Rashei Teivot of the children who passed away equals 565, which equals אור משיח.  A commenter at the Hebrew link above notes that with the Kollel it equals משיח בן יוסף.

ומחה ה' דמעה מעל כל פנים


At Mon Mar 23, 08:45:00 AM 2015, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Yaak for this post. Am sure that many or some, at least, have thought of many of the same reasons you listed. Agree with all of them. Am also sure that there is hardly a ben/bat Yisrael who is not feeling this bitter pain. There are just no words. These children must have surely been special/holy children.

Wishing Gila bat Tzipora and Tzipora bat Gila a Refuah Shleimah!
May the father, mother & daughter and all their loved ones be comforted among the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim and know of no more t'zaar and no more tzarot.

At Mon Mar 23, 08:30:00 PM 2015, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Yaakov!!!

Thank you so much for providing this message from Mr. Gabriel Sassoon in the media.

Remember that I received during the Shabbat this tragic news about the fire in Brooklyn. As soon as I got the news (tv) my soul realized clearly that this is a warning to Hashém (as in posts by Rav Nir Ben Artzi) and that only Mashiach can solve all these problems.

Moshiach Now!!!! :)

I'm Bnei Noach.

Luiz Felipe - S.P. - Brasil


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