Mother of Children Killed in NY Fire Returns Home

The Sassoon family struggles to move on, but has faith and optimism after matriarch returns home from hospital 3 months later.

Netanel Katz,

Gabriel Sassoon
Gabriel Sassoon
Arutz Sheva

Gabriel Sassoon, the bereaved father who tragically lost seven of his young children in a fire in March, announced Sunday morning that his wife has finally returned home from hospital. 

"On Friday my wife returned home, and she was glad to be home," he stated, on the Kol B'Rama radio station. "She will continue treatments at home, she still has to go through rehabilitation so she can walk better and use her hands." 

The return was still bittersweet for Sassoon.

"It is very difficult," he said.

However, Sassoon says he's fighting the urge to sink into depression. 

"We are able to cry about them [his children - ed.] with love and then be happy, [instead of] crying about them and missing them and being depressed, so I and my wife are trying to make our missing them for something better, to remember the love and joy that we have. Through this, it's possible to change the situation from something negative to something positive." 

"My wife has a lot of faith, I wonder at how she's looking forward and looking to build up the future," he added. "She's very strong." 

The fatal fire engulfed the Sassoon family home after a hot plate malfunctioned on Shabbat. The blaze trapped the family inside their home as they slept; Elian (16), David (12), Rivka (11), Yehoshua (10), Moshe (8), Sara (6), and Yaakov (5) Sassoon died.

The Sassoon family has never returned to their family home in Brooklyn, and are staying at Sassoon's mother's home for the time being. 

"But we go on, there is no choice not to," he said. "We got through the holidays, through Passover and Shavuot and Lag B'Omer and Shabbat. Every day I force myself again to go through the rest of the day." 

"It's hard to explain, but when we reached that bridge we walked through it," he added. "You never know what will happen but God helps at the moment."

"Thank God we have a proper perspective for the future, not looking back, instead remembering all the joy from our children; that strengthens us."