Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Editor's Pick

Jewish faith fuels hope and outreach after Surfside collapse

World28 minutes ago (Jun 30, 2021 06:42AM ET)

2/2
(C) Reuters. Volunteers pack boxes of donated goods to deliver to families of victims in Surfside, Florida, U.S. June 29, 2021. REUTERS/Katanga Johnson

2/2

By Katanga Johnson

SURFSIDE, Fla. (Reuters) – Hundreds have gathered every day at The Shul of Bal Harbour, a synagogue near the Florida condominium complex that partially collapsed last week, to pray that survivors will be found.

Other members of Surfside’s Jewish community have offered food, water and emotional support to search and rescue teams digging into the rubble of the 12-story Champlain Towers South.

Both responses are rooted in the Jewish faith, a source of hope and of strength to help others cope.

“There’s no rationality nor level of human intellect that can in any way encompass the enormity of what has happened here in Surfside, but this community believes that miracles are still possible. God has not changed,” Rabbi Sholom Lipskar, The Shul’s founder, said on Tuesday as search-and-rescue operations stretched into a sixth day. The official death toll stood at 12, with 149 people reported missing.

Lipskar said he had the same message for those whose loved ones were killed and those awaiting word of the missing: “Believe in the soul, which is eternal and has a home outside of this world.”

Rabbi Aryeh Citron, who regularly leads services in his Surfside home, said it was not time to mourn the missing.

“According to Jewish law, if there is a situation where people are lost and their fate is not yet known, we do not begin mourning. We continue to search until we find them,” Citron said. “We only begin mourning after we find them …. In that sense, mourning has not yet started for most people who remain behind in Surfside.”

Numerous members of Lipskar’s synagogue and Citron’s circle are among those missing. The shul and Citron’s home are both within a mile of the disaster scene.

Aryeh Citron’s wife, Channy, has been working with Jewish volunteers who have been supporting first responders. She said she sees the whole community beginning to accept that they may not see their friends and loved ones again.

“The world is run by God, and he has a plan that you may or may not understand,” she said. “Everybody in their own time will have to accept this. Otherwise, life is just random and that would be more terrifying.”

Marie Hamaoui, a physics teacher at Stanford University’s Online High School, spent time on Tuesday sorting kosher and non-kosher food at a donation center set up at the Town of Surfside Community Center, and toting canisters of coffee to vans delivering supplies to first responders.

“The likelihood of any further survivors is not very high,” Hamaoui said. “People are waiting for confirmation of death and then the retrieval of as many of the body parts as possible. Then families can begin the proper process of mourning.”

Jewish faith fuels hope and outreach after Surfside collapse

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Stock

Stock Markets25 minutes ago (Jul 16, 2021 05:46PM ET) (C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Johnson & Johnson’s Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport sunscreen, which is part...

Tech

Builders, creators and developers, this one’s for you! TechCrunch has always been about discovering fresh solutions and shining the light on exciting, new products...

Disclaimer: Wisegazette.com it's managers and its employees (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised or above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial or health advice. Copyright © 2021 Wise Gazette. All Rights Reserved