UPDATE: Harav Dovid Feinstein has issued a Psak for the Bauman family after Rabbi Reuven Bauman went missing at sea while saving a talmid.
Rav Dovid ruled that the family should not sit Shiva unless a body is found.
The Coast Guards called off their search for Rabbi Reuven Bauman at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, after having searched about 347 square nautical miles, which translates to about 459 square miles.
Volunteers from Hatzolah and other organizations are continuing the search in hopes of recovering a body and allowing Rabbi Bauman to have a proper kevura.
Rabbi Bauman was pulled into the surf after jumping into the water to rescue a teenage boy who was caught in the riptide. He was able to rescue the boy, who was taken to the hospital and is recovering, but then was pulled into the water himself.
*The following message was just sent out by Rabbi Bauman’s parents’ Shul.*
Because rabbis in a number of communities are involved in determining the proper course of action regarding the tragic loss of Rabbi Reuven Bauman, different interpretations of the halacha were offered.
This complex question was brought to ha-Rav Dovid Feinstein shlita, who determined that the family should not sit shiva unless a body is found. Therefore, shiva will not be observed by the Bauman family at any location at this time.
The earlier message sent out about shiva contained information provided to us at that time by the Bauman family. We will continue to provide updates as information is made available to us by the family.
Please note that a fund overseen by Rabbanim has been set up to help the family. To donate to this fund, please go to https://www.charidy.com/bauman