The father of seven Orthodox Jewish children killed in a Brooklyn house fire told hundreds of mourners at their funeral on Sunday that the only way he can survive the tragedy was complete surrender to his religious beliefs as he urged people to "love your child."
The grieving man, Gabriel Sassoon, spoke at a packed funeral chapel where white curtains separated hundreds of men wearing black hats and yarmulkes from women in modest dress.
His eulogy for the seven children, ages 5 to 16, was broadcast to an even bigger crowd outside. Many of the mourners rocked back and forth in reverence as he spoke.
"Please, everybody love your child. Love your student. Love the others' children. That's all that counts. Understand them. Don't negate them," said Sassoon.
The coffins were to be loaded into seven hearses headed for John F. Kennedy International Airport, then flown to Israel for burial.