Apr 11, 2010

playing with fire

I was reading in Hamodia about how some kids playing with the fire used for burning the chametz on erev pesach caused the fire to spread and caught onto a car.
The car burned out completely (obviously there was the requisite miracle of the car completely burned out but a chumash sitting on the front seat escaped completely intact except for some slight charring on the cover). After the car burned out, the fire continued to spread and burned down a carpentry shop.
(nobody was hurt)

Then there was another incident in which someone threw a can of bug spray into a fire. The can exploded, catching fire on someone's clothes. He was slightly injured.

After reading that, I felt it important to point out, with Lag B'Omer on the way - somehow, it is usually the kids who control the twice yearly bonfires that we allow them to build and play with. Keep an eye on the kids and their fires. Don't let it get out of hand.

4 comments:

  1. Isn't there a "gadol" who is brave enough to put a stop to this nonsense.

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  2. by gadol do you mean adult or do you mean someone of the caliber of a Rav Elyashiv or Rav Shteinman?

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  3. Mordechai Y. ScherApril 11, 2010 4:22 PM

    Every year Magen David Adom and the Health Ministry and the papers publish warnings and reminders. Not many seem to care. Last time I was in Beit Shemesh for Pesah, the kids AND adults supervising started a spreading fire that require the fire dept. to come put it out. MInd you, none of the adults had the common sense to ensure there'd be buckets of water or a hose or anything like that... (rolls eyes)

    What was interesting, too, is that everyone of the kids was frightened by the fire truck. I expected them to be fascinated; but they all were wary of it. The firefighters were nice enough (I would have been annoyed by the stupidity), but none of the kids or dads responded in kind.

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  4. Gadol = Rabbi considered to be of great caliber.
    But would be nice to see a group of the regular gedolim(=adults) put a stop to it as well.

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