After fatal Rehovot fire, a dry-eyed farewell from a mother alone

28.03.2012                      05.Nissan. 5772

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After fatal Rehovot fire, a dry-eyed farewell from a mother alone

Avivit Schaer lost her husband and five children in Monday's tragic fire in Rehovot. After the funeral on Tuesday, Rehovot Mayor Rahamim Malul says he is astonished at Avivit's 'enormous spiritual strength'.

The ambulance convoy burst from the north at twilight. Six Zaka and Magen David Adom vans, their red lights flashing from afar, as if responding to a terror attack. It slowly entered the gates of the tiny, crowded Yemenite cemetery at the edge of Rehovot, bordering Kibbutz Kvutzat Shiller, also known as Gan Shlomo. One ambulance for each body – a father and his five children. His wife, their mother, remained at home in accordance with Jewish law, which was strictly observed on Tuesday. Guy Shaer and his children, on their final journey.
This time Monday they still played together, perhaps memorizing Torah verses or making plans, before drifting off into the sweet sleep from which they will never wake. None of them knew what the cruel night held for them, the terrible flames that would suddenly grip their home, the thick smoke that would repel their father's desperate, futile efforts to save them….