Teachers Concerned After Girl Disappears From School

She’s a sweet, responsible 17-year-old student, from a respected family. So, why are teachers worried?

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The Timsit kids sit shiva for their mother.
The Timsit kids sit shiva for their mother.
צילום: Vaad HaRabbanim

Bracha isn’t the “type” to skip school. She’s a sweet, responsible 17-year-old student, from a respected family. So, why are teachers worried?

Two weeks ago, Bracha’s mother Mrs. Yehudit Timsit passed away from a sudden heart attack. The young mother-of-7 had gone to lie down, and never woke up. The siblings watched as an ambulance whisked her away to the hospital. Tragically, doctors were unable to resuscitate her.

When the school year began just after the shiva, however, Bracha was noticeably absent. The young girl was not home sleeping in, or out with friends, as one might think. She was in the grocery store, shopping for the upcoming holiday.

As the eldest daughter, Bracha has become like a mother to her siblings. As she sat shiva for her Mom, still a child herself, she held and comforted her baby brother. More than grief is weighing on them: The Timsit family is now struggling to get by without her mother’s income. Family members are trying to convince Bracha not to drop out of school entirely so that she can get a job.

With very little money left to purchase diapers, food, or clothing for her siblings, she sees no other choice.

Money is being collected to help the Timsit family, so that they can pay their bills, and so that Bracha can return to school where she belongs.



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