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Miami, FL - Rabbi, Family Burned Out of Home

Published on: May 26, 2010 12:41 PM
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Miami, FL - A rabbi, his wife and their eight children are looking for a new home after their house was destroyed by flames.

An accidental fire, which started either electrically or by a candle, according to the fire department, reduced their home, located at 2045 NE 186 Drive to ruins Sunday morning.

Rabbi Rafi Rosenberg described the scene when he first saw the flames. “Right here used to be my bed, my wife’s bed and a night table, and when I came in here, the night table—we both read a lot so we had a big stack of books—and the books were already on fire.”

The father was in the back room giving two of his kids a bath when the flames ignited. Three of his other children were also home when the fire ignited. His 6-year-old daughter came running back to alert him about the fire. “I told my father, I said, ‘Papa, there’s a fire inside the house,’” said Devorah Rosenberg. “He was just trying to put the fire out with a blanket. Then my father told everybody to get out of the house.”

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“My children right away, it’s the first thing that came to my mind. I ran to grab the two kids who were in the bath, wrapped them in towels right away, brought them outside, just left them in the front yard. There was a neighbor watching.”

Wife Hindi Rosenberg, who was teaching Hebrew school when the fire happened, said they were at first baffled about how the fire started. “We had no idea how it happened,” she said.

She also said it was a close call for the family. “My daughter was sleeping less than a foot away from that night table. Had she been sleeping for another 10 minutes, I mean, God knows what would have happened.”

This Rabbi overseas about 100 families at their synagogue in Skylake. Now they are the ones on the receiving end of the generosity of their community. “We’ve been getting calls off the hook saying, ‘How can we help, how can we help?’ and it’s just an incredible thing to be part of such a beautiful community.”

Rosenberg already knows the trauma of suffering a fire. His synagogue was nearly destroyed two years ago by flames. Now, he said, he will have to make plans to rebuild his own home.



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 May 26, 2010 at 12:51 PM Anonymous Says:

If its only money thank G-d, money is replacable.

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 May 26, 2010 at 01:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Why are all these tragedies befalling the Lubavitchers?

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 May 26, 2010 at 01:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Baruch hashem everyone is alive and not injured! With so many people living under one roof,with the extent of damage the fire caused, consider it a neis that everyone got out alive.

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 May 26, 2010 at 01:40 PM Please help Says:

Yes, thank G-d and these people made a huge kiddush Hashem on TV when the reporters were absolutely amazed at their positive attitude! See link for video below.

At the same time, they are in dire straits. This family is now homeless, with almost all their worldly goods gone. They currently have no roof to live under. Their house was extremely under-insured. Each day they are taking on great monetary expenses to try and carry on with some sense of normalcy during this crisis.

It will take many months until any insurance money comes through, and that too will be totally insufficient in re-building the lives of this family of ten.

Below you will find two links; A TV news report on the fire and the second is a direct link to paypal through which you can give to this family in emergency need.

Please earmark your funds to; The Rabbis Emergency Fire Fund.

We thank G-d for His miracles that all escaped injury. It is up to us now, to help this beautiful family in its time of great need.

Channel 7 News report:
http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/MI88394/


Secure Paypal Link for your contributions - Please cut and paste this entire link into your browser;
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 May 26, 2010 at 01:50 PM Anonymous Says:

What kind of candles was he burning on Sunday, a Yahrzeit glass?

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 May 26, 2010 at 02:01 PM help? Says:

anyone with details on how to help?

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 May 26, 2010 at 02:02 PM Anonymous Says:

B"H no one was hurt

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 May 26, 2010 at 02:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Hopefully he had fire insurance.

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 May 26, 2010 at 02:12 PM MazelKGH Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Why are all these tragedies befalling the Lubavitchers?

Surely you meant to say "Jews". Isn't that right, Mr. Anonymous?

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 May 26, 2010 at 02:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Why are all these tragedies befalling the Lubavitchers?

What's YOUR hidden or not so hidden agenda?

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 May 26, 2010 at 02:21 PM Truth Says:

Almost all fires are preventable. Please learn Fire Safety!

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 May 26, 2010 at 02:29 PM Anonymous Says:

its nice to read 'and there was a neighbor WATCHING

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 May 26, 2010 at 02:53 PM Anonymous Says:

electricial fire

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 May 26, 2010 at 02:53 PM Avi Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Why are all these tragedies befalling the Lubavitchers?

Moshe rabeinu already asked why the good and tzfikim suffer... Why do so many wonderful people suffer it's not just lubavitchers it's also people in Bp willi Monroe ... You may look up in chovos halevovos for some reasons..
Many great tzadikim suffered throughout history..
But instead of asking questions go to http://www.skylakesynagogue.com/ an donate something a family of 10 needs our help..
Btw maybe 1 reason is so that many will have the great zechus to donate and help a wonderful family.. as rabbi akiva answered to the Romans y Hashem made so many poor people...
One thing I will say, not relating to this case chas veshalom, that the Baal Tanya says that roiv tzaros come from machlokes and especially machlokes leshem shamoyim

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 May 26, 2010 at 02:55 PM Misnagid but not today Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Why are all these tragedies befalling the Lubavitchers?

since these are amazing and selfless people who live with mesirus nefesh.

they suffer in this world but in olom haboh they reap all of the rewards.

we can all learn from these lubavitchers and they are not to be dissed!

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 May 26, 2010 at 03:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Misnagid but not today Says:

since these are amazing and selfless people who live with mesirus nefesh.

they suffer in this world but in olom haboh they reap all of the rewards.

we can all learn from these lubavitchers and they are not to be dissed!

I assure you that they aren't selfless for any rewards whether in this world or the next...

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 May 26, 2010 at 03:44 PM clear thinker Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I assure you that they aren't selfless for any rewards whether in this world or the next...

Another proud person who loves his fellow Jew. It is ashame you didn't leave a way to get in touch with you so I would know what rewards await us all.
BH this ended with only a house burning. I remember well when Rabbi Rubinstein of the Young Israel of Scarsdale and his wife were killed in a fire while they slept.

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 May 26, 2010 at 03:56 PM Dave Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

I assure you that they aren't selfless for any rewards whether in this world or the next...

That's right most do it leshem shamoyim

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 May 26, 2010 at 04:28 PM esther Says:

Reply to #15  
Misnagid but not today Says:

since these are amazing and selfless people who live with mesirus nefesh.

they suffer in this world but in olom haboh they reap all of the rewards.

we can all learn from these lubavitchers and they are not to be dissed!

i as a lubavitcher did not feel insulted by #2. we takeh have had many yesorim lately RL and and we as a community are aware of this. i was recently at a lubavitch women's gathering where the morah diasra acknowledged this and said that emunah and simcha must be our response.di Aibishter vet zicher helfen.

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 May 26, 2010 at 05:05 PM iish emmes says Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Why are all these tragedies befalling the Lubavitchers?

That is a totally inappropriate comment. we are all acheinu bnai yisroel and why don't u say this about others. your comment is a disgrace and inappropriate in these circumstances that happens everywhere.

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 May 26, 2010 at 05:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Chabad of Boca Raton, FL Rabbi Denberg and Rabbi Kessler should be donating over $100,000 to the Skylake Chabad to help Rabbi Rosenberg and his family recover from the fire. They should be doing so for the beatings that have happened in the Boca Raton Chabad over the past year and the other problems that have befallen the Congregants of that Shul over the past year. Yashar Koach Rabbi Denberg and Rabbi Kessler !!! Tzeddakah maavirin es roah hagazeirah.

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 May 26, 2010 at 05:50 PM Anonymous Says:

What did #2 write that was offensive?

He might even be lubavitch himself.

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 May 26, 2010 at 05:50 PM rafi rosenberg Says:

I cannot tell you how meaningful it is to us and our family that so many yiddin throughout our community and throughout the world care for each other in such a meaningful way.
I began my shiurrim and bar mitzvah lessons etc... today, and the tremendous kiddush hashem I was able to share with my students, how Jews who never met each other in their life, care for each other, made what I can only imagine was an indelible impression on them.

Thank you very much.

and I implore you to PLEASE:

1) make sure you smoke detectors are operational
2) make sure you have working extinguishers
3) learn abut fire safety to protect you family...

It was clearly only through the chesed of Hakadosh baruch Hu that the damages were limited to property, and we are all safe.

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 May 26, 2010 at 07:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
rafi rosenberg Says:

I cannot tell you how meaningful it is to us and our family that so many yiddin throughout our community and throughout the world care for each other in such a meaningful way.
I began my shiurrim and bar mitzvah lessons etc... today, and the tremendous kiddush hashem I was able to share with my students, how Jews who never met each other in their life, care for each other, made what I can only imagine was an indelible impression on them.

Thank you very much.

and I implore you to PLEASE:

1) make sure you smoke detectors are operational
2) make sure you have working extinguishers
3) learn abut fire safety to protect you family...

It was clearly only through the chesed of Hakadosh baruch Hu that the damages were limited to property, and we are all safe.

That should have been the lesson all of you learned and instead you have all become sidetracked with hatred! SMOKE DETECTORS & FIRE EXTINGUISHERS - that's what's is needed!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 May 26, 2010 at 10:26 PM Truth Says:

Reply to #24  
Anonymous Says:

That should have been the lesson all of you learned and instead you have all become sidetracked with hatred! SMOKE DETECTORS & FIRE EXTINGUISHERS - that's what's is needed!!!!!!!!!!!!

These two are just a part of fire safety, there actually is a lot more.

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