After raising huge sums of tens of thousands of dollars: In a special operation by Chabad emissaries in China and Hong Kong, in cooperation with the ZAKA International Unit, a Jew who died a Holocaust survivor in China will be brought to Israel for burial.
Authorities sought to burn his body, but thanks to efforts and cooperation, the honor of the deceased was prevented.
The late Shmuel Yosef (Sam) Briskin is a Holocaust survivor born in France. When the Germans entered his hometown, his father disappeared, and his mother began to wander across Europe with her three children. Betzer La decided to hide their Jewish identity and put them under the protection of the monastery until the rage passed.
After the war, the family emigrated to Montreal, Canada, and in recent years, Samuel moved to China for business.
A few weeks before Rosh Hashanah his condition deteriorated, and a few days before the holiday he died at a local hospital. After many efforts by Chabad emissaries, members of the Jewish community and the ZAKA organization, today (Friday) his coffin will land at Ben Gurion Airport – and he will be laid to rest on Saturday night.
Chabad emissary in Shenzhen China, Rabbi Shalom Hazan relates: “I received a phone call from Shmuel’s sister, a 90-year-old woman living in the United States, who told of her brother who lived alone in China and was hospitalized due to a severe infection that spread throughout his body. The poor thing is not getting treatment at the medical center that requires money, to start treatment.
We immediately authorized the hospital to transfer him to an intensive care unit and transferred a sum of money raised from community members. Unfortunately, that same night Samuel returned his soul and died. To bring him to the Tomb of Israel, I contacted a Chabad emissary in Hong Kong and the ZAKA. Rabbi Yaakov Rosa, chairman of the ZAKA Rabbinical Committee, ruled that he was a Holocaust survivor who was a holy Jew – and ordered that everything be done to bring him for burial in Israel.
“After many efforts and joint work, we succeeded in the holy mission and the Jew will have eternal rest in Jewish burial in Israel.”
The Chabad emissary in Hong Kong, Rabbi Mordechai Avtsen, who commanded the mission, said: “We fought a real war for the honor of the dead. This is a very sad story. Samuel was lonely and lonely, the local authorities piling up many difficulties both because of the corona plague and because of the copy sums of tens of thousands of dollars required to bring him for burial in Israel.
“Immediately upon receiving the hard news that the Jew did not survive the treatment and died at the hospital, we began raising the money with the participation of members of the Jewish community in Hong Kong and members from the United States, who joined together for the sacred mission to bring a Jew, a shady soul.
“We worked very hard on the days between the holidays and Saturdays to arrange all the permits and paperwork with the authorities. Thanks to the cooperation with the ZKA organization, we were able to meet the difficult task. We do not understand the ways of Gd, we are messengers of mitzvah and this is a mitzvah – which is all relatives, and indeed we fought for the honor of the dead and for the grace of truth. I pray and wish that we will only have to deal with events of joy and life and that we will be privileged to bring the Messiah of our righteousness soon in our day. “
Haim Weingarten, Head of the ZAKA Brigade: “I thank and appreciate the volunteers of the ZAKA International Unit and in particular the Chabad emissaries in China and Hong Kong who fought in a real war and did everything to arrange all the permits to bring the coffin on the plane to Israel. I would like to thank Rabbi Yaakov Rosa, chairman of the ZAKA Rabbinical Committee, who accompanies us in every event and task, especially in this event, where we acted following the rabbi’s ruling that because the deceased was a Holocaust survivor, everything must be done to bury him in Israel. .
Dubi Weissenstein, Director General of the ZAKA: “We send our thanks and congratulations to the Minister of Religions, Mr. Matan Kahana, and the staff of his bureau, in particular to the Shironi Foundation, Avinoam Kutcher and Hila, who assisted and assisted in bringing the deceased to Israel for burial. In organizing and arranging the funeral of the deceased and the burial. I thank all the representatives who assisted and helped in the holy mission for the honor of the dead. “
On Saturday evening, the late Shmuel Yosef ben Moshe Briskin will be brought to the Yarkon Cemetery for burial.