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Holon, Israel - Unconscious Father Still Unaware Of Tragedy As Wife And Children Buried At Tear-Filled Israeli Funeral

Published on: December 20, 2017 10:47 AM
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Thousands mourn at the funeral of four members of the Azan family, Aliza Azan, 39, and three of her children: Moshe, 11, Yitzchak, 7, and three-year-old Henrietta, in Holon on December 20, 2017. FLash90Thousands mourn at the funeral of four members of the Azan family, Aliza Azan, 39, and three of her children: Moshe, 11, Yitzchak, 7, and three-year-old Henrietta, in Holon on December 20, 2017. FLash90

Holon, Israel - Deeply sedated, the Brooklyn man who risked his life to evacuate his family from a household inferno remains unaware that his wife and three of his six children were buried in Israel Wednesday morning.

45 year old Yossi Azan was badly burned in the menorah-sparked fire that took the lives of his wife Aliza and his children Moshe, Yitzchak and Henriette.  His 42 year old brother Amir flew in from Israel on Tuesday and was seen sobbing outside Staten Island University Hospital where Azan and his children Shalit and Daniel remain hospitalized, as reported by The New York Post (http://nyp.st/2BMZz78).

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A family friend told reporters that Azan is in “bad condition.”

Both 16 year old Shalit Azan and 15 year old Daniel Azan are recovering from burns, with Shalit sustaining a broken hip and Daniel suffering head injuries.

Azan told his two older children to jump from the roof to an overhang above the first floor of the house and when they hesitated, he pushed them out the window before going back inside to rescue more members of his family.

13 year old Avraham Azan and a visiting cousin who were sleeping on the first floor of the house were both awakened by the smoke detector and they screamed to try to wake up other members of the family before fleeing through a side door.

The two boys showed investigators where the menorah, estimated to be two feet wide, had been located, and said that the flames were still burning when they went to sleep. 

Investigators believe that the menorah’s glass oil cups may have shattered from the heat, sparking the blaze which traveled quickly upwards to the second and third floors of the house.

Thousands mourn at the funeral of four members of the Azan family in Holon on December 20, 2017. FLash90Thousands mourn at the funeral of four members of the Azan family in Holon on December 20, 2017. FLash90

Thousands gathered in Israel to escort Aliza Azan and her three children to their final resting place in Holon, the city where Aliza Azan grew up and where her father, Rabbi Avraham Hamra led the Syrian community for years. 

Although the Holon cemetery is for residents of Israel, the country’s minister of religious services reportedly made an “irregular request” to the director general of Greater Tel Aviv’s burial society to allow the family to be buried there, which was granted.

Among those in attendance were Rabbi Avraham Yosef, chief rabbi of Holon, Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, chief rabbi of Rishon L’Tzion, Aryeh Deri, minister of the interior, and Gavriel Sassoon, who lost seven children in a heartbreaking fire in Brooklyn almost three years ago.

Sassoon spoke tearfully at the funeral but was so overcome by emotion he was unable to complete his thoughts.  Held on the final day of Chanukah, a time that is typically auspicious and joyous, the funeral was punctuated by the anguished sobs of mourners, with paramedics on hand to treat those who were physically overcome by grief.

Police and firefighters converge on the scene of a fatal house fire, Monday in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Benjamin Kanter/Mayoral Photo Office)Police and firefighters converge on the scene of a fatal house fire, Monday in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Benjamin Kanter/Mayoral Photo Office)

The words of Aishes Chayil were uttered as the body of Aliza Azan was taken to her grave where she was buried together with her three-year-old daughter Henriette. Moshe and Yitzchak Azan were also interred in a single grave and were laid to rest next to their mother and sister.

According to Kikar HaShabat (http://bit.ly/2B5Rozc) one member of Aliza Azan’s family tearfully acknowledged that the family was accepting the tragedy with love, but called on the Jewish community to remember that it was baseless hatred that caused the destruction of the Bais Hamikdash.

“Aliza was completely filled with love for mankind and perhaps that is why she could no longer be in this world,” said the family member. “We ask this:  what took place here shouldn’t be for nothing. We have to do something. We have to change. We have to bring about change and everyone should take something upon themselves as a merit to Aliza and her children.”

This undated photo shows the Azan family at the Kosel In Israel. (Facebook)This undated photo shows the Azan family at the Kosel In Israel. (Facebook)
Thousands mourn at the funeral of four members of the Azan family, Aliza Azan, 39, and three of her children Moshe, 11, Yitzchak, 7, and three-year-old Henrietta, in Holon on December 20, 2017. Flash90Thousands mourn at the funeral of four members of the Azan family, Aliza Azan, 39, and three of her children Moshe, 11, Yitzchak, 7, and three-year-old Henrietta, in Holon on December 20, 2017. Flash90
Thousands mourn at the funeral of four members of the Azan family, Aliza Azan, 39, and three of her children Moshe, 11, Yitzchak, 7, and three-year-old Henrietta, in Holon on December 20, 2017. Flash90Thousands mourn at the funeral of four members of the Azan family, Aliza Azan, 39, and three of her children Moshe, 11, Yitzchak, 7, and three-year-old Henrietta, in Holon on December 20, 2017. Flash90

 



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 Dec 20, 2017 at 01:14 PM Thinking Yid Says:

Wow. Just wow. What an insensitive headline. It's beyond appalling. Is this tragedy just another opportunity for some click-bait? A chance to get views? These are peoples lives we are talking about!
Such an insensitive way of phrasing and referring to this situation is beneath any new source.

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 Dec 20, 2017 at 02:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Thinking Yid Says:

Wow. Just wow. What an insensitive headline. It's beyond appalling. Is this tragedy just another opportunity for some click-bait? A chance to get views? These are peoples lives we are talking about!
Such an insensitive way of phrasing and referring to this situation is beneath any new source.

Suggest an alternative.

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 Dec 20, 2017 at 02:30 PM Aron1 Says:

Reply to #1  
Thinking Yid Says:

Wow. Just wow. What an insensitive headline. It's beyond appalling. Is this tragedy just another opportunity for some click-bait? A chance to get views? These are peoples lives we are talking about!
Such an insensitive way of phrasing and referring to this situation is beneath any new source.

VIN must have listened to your comment because the headline seems fine to me (I can not comment on the prior version, as I apparently missed it)

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 Dec 20, 2017 at 03:04 PM Thinking Yid Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Suggest an alternative.

How about anything else?
Like: Father remains in coma as family mourns losses.
Or something that doesnt sound like it's out of some movie/tv show in a cheap attempt to garner views.

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 Dec 20, 2017 at 03:05 PM Thinking Yid Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Suggest an alternative.

Not: " Everyone's dead and the father, who is still stuck in the hospital, doesn't even know it yet."

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 Dec 20, 2017 at 07:49 PM Applestein Says:

Terrible news. I think it's very wrong to have an add for a menorah sale in the middle of the article. Have you no sympathy no shame

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 Dec 21, 2017 at 11:03 AM Thinking Yid Says:

Reply to #3  
Aron1 Says:

VIN must have listened to your comment because the headline seems fine to me (I can not comment on the prior version, as I apparently missed it)

The Headline is still there. It is insensitive. If you cannot see that, it is on you.

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