Widow, Bereaved Mother: The Pain Is Greater Than I Can Bear (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 03/27/12)
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‘The pain is greater than I can stand,” Avivit Shaer, the widow and
bereaved mother of the Rehovot tragedy, told the city’s Chief Rabbi
Simcha HaKohen Kook. Guy Shaer and his five children were killed by
flames and smoke in their home Monday night as he tried to save them
and his wife waited in vain outside for them to come out alive.
In a conversation with Arutz Sheva, he said, “The events speak for
themselves. There not a word to add to this horrible tragedy. There
literally has been nothing like this – an entire family gone with
only the mother alive."
“The oldest child was to deliver a Talmud lesson this morning,” Rabbi
Kook related. “He had prepared for it and learned with his father on
Shabbat. Afterwards, he told his mother that there will be a
celebration of the learning in school and that he wanted nice plates
for his fellow students in the Talmud Torah where he learned."
“Now, this festival meal is taking place in the World to Come. May
HaShem have mercy.”
Rabbi Kook said that Avivit Shaer is a teacher at religious girls’
school in Rehovot. “She is a very important person,” he said.
The widow and bereaved mother of all of her five children told the
rabbi, “I am left by myself, with my husband, without my children,
without anything. This pain is greater than I can bear. May HaShem,
have mercy on them, and we should not know more sorrow. There never
has been anything like this – an entire family going up to Heaven in
The Shaer family lived on Najara Street, named after a Torah scholar
who was the rabbi in Gaza until Arabs forced him and other Jews out.
After the Hevron massacre of Jews at a yeshiva and homes in 1929, the
Arabs in Gaza warned Rabbi Najara, “If you don’t leave, we will do
the same to you as was done in Hevron,” Rabbi Kook said.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/27/12)
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