Gavriel Sassoon Writes Open Letter to Yosef Azan, Father & Husband to Those Who Perished in [Recent] Flatbush Blaze
“I mourn for you my brother Yosef,” writes Gavriel to the father of the Azan family. “The fire by my house also occurred on Rosh Chodesh. Rosh Chodesh Nissan. The day that the nessiem began bringing their sacrifices to consecrate the altar in the Mishkan. By you, the fire took place on Chanukah itself. We were part of the same community and our children learned in the same schools. Some of them were even friends in the same class.
The nessim consecrated the altar to make the Mishkan useable for its holy service. On Rosh Chodesh, God asked for sacrifices to be brought in order to atone for his diminishing of the moon. The Temple does not exist today. Therefore, God takes the righteous from among us in order to be an atonement.
Our families were worthy enough to fulfill the passuk of: “Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.” Not only were they close to God, but they also brought the rest of the nation closer to God.
Yosef, now you are no longer just one of the regular people… Now you must rise. This is the command of your life!! Without it, there is no way to cope with a pain so all-encompassing.
How do you rise? You must simply love. Accept with love the tribulations and suffering. Love Hashem. Love everyone in the whole nation of Israel and do whatever you can for them. In the power of that love, it is possible to overcome all of the feelings that will continually try to pull you down and silence you. Feel that you are really resting in Hashem’s embrace. Love is life.
I am very upset by this. Again another beautiful family destroyed by fire. Not by a Shabbos Blech, but by the Chanukah Candles. What does Hashem want us to learn from this? It affects all of us Jews; we must take this to heart and try to do Teshuva in some personal way. What does this mean for the Flatbush and Brooklyn Jewish communities? Devash will be posting a video by Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, please go to her TomerDevorah blog and watch it.
'A special family of Torah and kindness'
Rabbis and family members eulogize Aliza Azan and her three children, who perished when their Flatbush home went up in flames. ArutzSheva
Tragedy in Brooklyn: 4 killed in house fire: Authorities say a 40-year-old woman, her 11-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year-old daughter died as a result of a house fire that broke out overnight. At least 10 people were injured in the fire, including three people who suffered serious injuries. Five of the injured were firefighters attempting to rescue people trapped inside the burning building. Arutz Sheva
Avraham Azan Sings For His Mother A"H At His Bar Mitzvah (this was videod just days before the tragedy)