Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin each sent letters of condolence to Reb Gavriel Sassoon, the father of seven neshamos who perished in a fire at their home in Brooklyn on Shabbos.
“Each one of your children was a world unto him or herself, unique and special. There is no greater sorrow than the loss of children and the pain is even greater because they were so young. The entire Jewish people feels your pain,” Netanyahu wrote in his letter, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Separately, Rivlin wrote to Reb Gavriel that he is praying for his wife Gayle and 15-year-old daughter Tziporah, who both remain in critical condition after escaping the fire by jumping from a second-floor window.
“It is not in my power to comfort you on this terrible disaster,” Rivlin wrote. “However, I, with all of the Jewish people, are standing with you and take you into our hearts at this difficult and terrible time.”
The Sassoon family had lived in Israel until moving to Brooklyn a year-and-a-half ago. The children who perished in the fire are Eliane, 16; Rivkah, 11; Sara, 6; Dovid, 12; Yehoshua, 10; Moshe, 8; and Yaakov, 5.