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Dramatic Rescue of S. Martin Shluchim

After many obstacles, S. Martin Shlucha Sara Chanowitz and her 5 children were evacuated from the devastated Island in a dramatic rescue mission; Shliach Moshe Chanowitz stayed behind to help others. Full Story

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Some actual facts
September 11, 2017 5:45 pm

Weather reports had the storm as AT LEAST a category 4 three to four days prior to it’s arrival. Category 4 Luis had devastated the island 25 years before, so knowing that much should have been their exit from the island. St Maarten is not a small time island with a couple flights a week – they definitely could have found a flight out even if they’d have to go through Canada first. Their post-storm escape occured with a couple other hundred people on Saturday and not by special convoy; this flight was at no cost. Rabbi Moishe has been… Read more »

To all the commenters above.
September 10, 2017 11:23 pm

Enough of this, children. Let’s focus on what’s important and keep the comments positive.

Thank god
September 10, 2017 11:20 pm

Yay finally must have been so stressful!

To #8
September 10, 2017 8:25 pm

Irma was originally supposed to be a cat. 3, and was upgraded to a Cat. 5 within 24 hours. At that point it was too late to make it out safely.

Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky
September 10, 2017 3:55 pm

Thank you for your tireless work in securing the safe traval of the chonowitz family and everything that you do for all Shluchim

We are all waiting
September 10, 2017 2:49 pm

We are all waiting to be rescued out of this galus. We are all in dire need of it. Hashem, ad mosai????
Hashem, don’t leave any Yid behind and rescue us all!.

to number 8
September 10, 2017 2:07 pm

the “vast cost of the rescue” was in nerves, not money. the plane was there to deliver food etc. to those stranded on the island, it was not actually commissioned to rescue the shaliach’s family. kudos to the pilot for taking them on board. the pilot then flew them to puerto rico where they are being hosted by fellow shluchim – who are more than happy to be of help.
few were able to predict the degree of devastation on the island, and shluchim are trained NOT to run and leave others behind. get it?

imho
September 10, 2017 12:33 pm

This beautiful story of love, devotion and mesiras nefesh should be powerful enough to tip the scales in favor of the entire Jewish People for a Kesiva V’Chasima Tova, L’Shana Tova Umesuka!!!

Answering #8
September 10, 2017 12:28 pm

Staying to help people. You don’t abandon ship. Even after wife and kids left on shabbos, the shaliach remained to help others. I guess he is probably trained in providing medical assistance or psychological trauma counselling to those who require it to survive. Surely he did not stay just to sing a niggun with other survivors.

Response to #8
September 10, 2017 12:20 pm

When such wonderful values and traits are brought out by the shliach and his family, it is a great merit for other people to be able to support and be part of it.
One can bask in the glory of this incident, while not noticing reasons for complaint.

A poshute yid

To Number 8
September 10, 2017 11:47 am

A deaf man once walked by a wedding happening in the village and did not hear the music playing, he saw people jumping and dancing around and thought everyone was crazy around him. Nebach…….Ashrenu Rebbe and his Shluchim.

To wonderful but
September 10, 2017 11:44 am

There was nowhere to run. They were stranded on an Island which the flights were sold out in no time. It wasn’t like why couldn’t they load the car and go. I’m sure the Shliach forgives you for your ignorance. I’m also sure he loves his children more than you love them. Take care

To #8
September 10, 2017 11:41 am

What makes you think that they didn’t try to get a flight out beforehand?
Have you ever considered the difficulty of evacuating from a small island with limited flights?
How about giving the benefit of doubt to this family? Do you know the circumstances?
Very easy to sit back and Monday Morning Quarterback.
May everyone stay safe in these challenging times. Let us judge others favorably, as we wish to be judged.
May we all be inscribed for a year of goodness and kindness, with the coming of Moshiach Now!

Wonderful but
September 10, 2017 11:07 am

The wife and children should have left earlier. It’s not heroism and probably left the children traumatized. Also the vast cost of the rescue could have been used elsewhere
As someone who evacuated from my Florida condo I hope this doesn’t encourage other Floridians to endanger their children in the name of “shlichus”

Royalty
September 10, 2017 10:47 am

They will be treated like royalty by Rochie and Mendy,incredible people.
Hope not too much damage in Puerto Rico, from last week ..

Big Z Schapiro
September 10, 2017 10:45 am

Branch Heshem keep up the good work and keep it going

boruch hashem - truly inspiring!
September 10, 2017 10:24 am

so inspiring that the Shliach too, could have run to safety, but he still remained to help others. what an inspiration and true mesiras nefesh. i’m in tears.

Thanks for sharing!!!1
September 10, 2017 7:54 am

I can’t stop crying.
So happy for the family!!!!
May Hashem protect this curages shliach Rabbi Shanowitz
Hashem, what a people and nation you Have

Mea k'amcha yisroel!!!
September 10, 2017 7:53 am

The answer is nobody!
we are the most incredible nation. Thank you to all of the volunteers out there who make the impossible possible

BH from England
September 10, 2017 7:42 am

We were all davening for this safe recovery!

Baruch Hashem
September 10, 2017 7:11 am

So happy they are well and all how collaborated did not give up!

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