Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi HaGaon HaRav Yisrael Meir Lau told Kol Berama Radio that for him and his son, Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau, the pain of the Gross family hits home.
Rav Lau explained that when one hears of such a tragedy it is painful enough but when one is close to the family, the pain is that much greater. He explains that he learned with the grandfather in Kol Torah 50 years ago, and the parents of Rav Shimon Gross lived in Netanya, they were neighbors for eight years.
Rav David Lau and Rav Shimon Gross are childhood friends who remained in touch and now they must be there to comfort the young father and his family during this difficult period of his life.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)