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New York, NY - Business Owner Says Shabbos Saved His Employees From Injury In Chelsea Explosion

Published on: September 21, 2016 09:25 PM
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 Daniel Peretz, owner of King David Gallery thanks Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie as they announced an agreement to help small businesses, homeowners and renters access state funds for uninsured losses and physical damage they have incurred as a result of the Chelsea explosion. ( Gov. Cuomo Office) Daniel Peretz, owner of King David Gallery thanks Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie as they announced an agreement to help small businesses, homeowners and renters access state funds for uninsured losses and physical damage they have incurred as a result of the Chelsea explosion. ( Gov. Cuomo Office)

New York, NY - An Orthodox Jewish man whose business was damaged by Saturday’s explosion in Chelsea credits his Sabbath observance with saving his employees from harm.

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Daniel Peretz, owner of King David Gallery on W. 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, got a first look at his store today according to the New York Times, and found himself faced with a blown out front window and over a dozen broken mirrors, some worth almost $3,000.

Peretz, who sells glass, mirrors, frames and custom furnishings, said he was lucky that the blast took place on Saturday when his business is closed due to his Orthodox Jewish faith.

“God was watching us,” said Peretz. “There is no question about it.”

Peretz was in Israel when the explosion occurred, but noted that if the bomb had exploded on a different day of the week his employees could have been injured by the flying debris.

At a press conference held this afternoon by Governor Andrew Cuomo in front of the King David Gallery, Peretz stood shoulder to shoulder with Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and Councilman Corey Johnson.

Cuomo announced that the state’s Department of Financial Services will be helping insured businesses and homeowners expedite their claims and that the state will reimburse those whose losses are not covered by insurance. 

The governor thanked Peretz for giving him a tour of the gallery and also recognized Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for their help in moving the process along quickly so that those who sustained damages in the explosion could be compensated without delay.

Peretz told the crowd at the press conference that he and his wife had emigrated from Israel after a Molotov cocktail was thrown in his wife’s car. 

An American citizen for the past 30 years, Peretz stressed the importance of not being intimidated by acts of terror.

“I want to tell you guys, don’t let the terrorists scare us,” said Peretz. “If they scare us where are we going to go?  I am here because of what happened in Israel, now where are we going to go, back to Israel? Everywhere it’s the same thing.  So don’t let the terrorists scare anybody, especially New Yorkers.”


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 Sep 21, 2016 at 09:35 PM Anonymous Says:

You think he would at least put on a pair of long pants to meet the governor?

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 Sep 21, 2016 at 10:15 PM MyThreeCents Says:

One who watches the Shabbos, Shabbos will watch him

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 Sep 21, 2016 at 10:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Not good karma for him to say this.

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 Sep 21, 2016 at 11:43 PM ayoyo Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

You think he would at least put on a pair of long pants to meet the governor?

only criticism for some people who have answers for everything.

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 Sep 22, 2016 at 08:10 AM Anonymous Says:

Not to quibble, but even if he were open on Shabbos he'd be closed by 8:30 PM, when the bomb went off.

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 Sep 23, 2016 at 08:45 AM MarkTwain2 Says:

He says not to be intimidated by terrorism and yet says that's precisely why he left Israel. Is he saying that after 30 years he learned this lesson?

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