WATCH: Rav Yisroel Brog on Coping With Tragedy, Following His Grandson’s Tragic Petirah

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(VINnews) — Rav Yisroel Brog, rosh yeshiva of Tiferes Avigdor in Cleveland and grandfather of 4-year-old Shmuel Brog z”l, who was tragically niftar last week, delivered an extremely emotional and heart-wrenching schmooze on Sunday about coping with tragedy.

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In an unspeakable tragedy, Shmuel was niftar last week in a car accident near Lakewood. Rav Brog began his talk by discussing the accident, saying that “before you say ‘I bet you they were not wearing seatbelts, they were all in seatbelts, and it was the seatbelts that caused the damage, because my grandchild’s neck snapped from the seatbelt.”

He added that it was not the seatbelt that caused him to perish, rather it was from Hashem. He went on to discuss at length, the proper hashkafic and psychological perspective, to cope and somehow deal with and accept such an unthinkable tragedy.

In addition, Rav Brog bestowed enormous praise on his grandson, saying that the Rosh Yeshiva who accepted Shmuel for next year, told him that he was so excited about having him, he would accept him to his yeshiva right now, however his current yeshiva surely also wants him just as much.

Shmuel z”l was the son of R’ Avrumy and Ayala Brog. R’ Avrumy one of the directors of Oorah’s amazing summer camp, The Zone.

Shmuel z”l, was riding in a van when it collided head-on with another vehicle on E. Veterans near Cleveland Court.


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S.E
S.E
15 days ago

Infants, toddlers, and even 5,6,7, and 8 year olds, depending on their height and weight, need to be seated in an age appropriate car seat or booster for exactly that reason – to harness them in without a seatbelt (because they’re too young for a seatbelt) or to raise them up and position the seatbelt properly so that it is not near the child’s neck. A child who is too small for the seatbelt to hit at the right level (across the shoulder), needs to be in a car seat or harnessed booster. Car seat safety information and videos can be found online. One such informative website is thecarseatlady.com
IyH proper hishtadlus in this area can help to prevent future tragedies.

S.E
S.E
15 days ago

BDE. I do not know the details of what happened in this situation at all. This was a clearly a tragedy and it was also min ha shamayim.
Irrelevant to the details of this specific incident, I do just want to point out l’toeles harabim that yes, seatbelts can kill if they hit a child at the wrong spot. Unfortunately many many people are not aware of proper car and car seat safety for children and are lax in this area. Rabbi Miller himself always said that when a tragedy such as a fire occurs, the first thing one should learn from it is proper safety hishtadlus in that area.

Infants, toddlers, and even 5,6,7, and 8 year olds, depending on their height and weight, need to be seated in an age appropriate car seat or booster for exactly that reason – to harness them in without a seatbelt (because they’re too young for a seatbelt) or to raise them up and position the seatbelt properly so that it is not near the child’s neck. A child who is too small for the seatbelt to hit at the right level (across the shoulder), needs to be in a car seat or harnessed booster. Car seat safety information and videos can be found online. One such informative website is thecarseatlady.com
Obviously HKBH runs the world, but IyH proper hishtadlus in this area can help to prevent future tragedies.

william
william
14 days ago

Our Askonim have to work on reducing the speed limit on Lakewood roads.

triumphinwhitehouse
triumphinwhitehouse
14 days ago

in lakewood it is mamosh a sakana to drive, the only solution is to make traffic calming and bumps to physically prevent from speeding. may this family some menucha from this unspeakable tragedy.

Kate
Kate
14 days ago

Horrible tragedy