Flatbush Fire: Accept and Surrender to G-d's Will

Jewish community unites in grief after 7 children burn to death, with funeral participants saying such moments 'only make us stronger.'

Eliran Aharon,

Funeral in New York
Funeral in New York
Eliran Aharon

Arutz Sheva was on hand to document the grief at the Sunday funeral in Flatbush of seven children from the Sassoon family, aged five to 16, who all died in a fire, apparently caused by a hot plate malfunction over Shabbat. The funeral is to conclude in Jerusalem where the children will be buried.

One attendant at the funeral, Chaskel Bennett, told Arutz Sheva "our community is united in its grief." Calling on the Jewish people to unite, he stressed "all we have is each other, look around."

"We may not understand but G-d does," noted Bennett, in trying to explain and cope with the tragedy.

According to Velvel Kanovsky, who also paid his respects at the funeral, the Jewish people "need to stick together and give hizuk (strengthening - ed.) to the family at this incredible time of crisis for the entire Jewish people."

Kanovsky quoted the father of the children, who said "we need to accept and surrender to the will of G-d."

"This is a double tragedy that it's parents burying their children," remarked Shea Rubenstein, executive vice-president of JCC of Marine Park. "The community groups together at such a moment and we become only stronger, especially as religious Jews."