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January 11, 2010

TRAGEDY: Philanthropist Mogul Moises Saba Z”L, Along With Son & Daughter-In-Law Killed in Chopper Crash Returning From Brooklyn Engagement Party

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TRAGEDY: Philanthropist Mogul Moises Saba Z”L, Along With Son & Daughter-In-Law Killed in Chopper Crash Returning From Brooklyn Engagement Party

Major Jewish philanthropist Mogul Moises Saba Z”L was killed on Monday in a helicopter crash in Mexico City along with three family members. Saba was 47-years-old. Also in the chopper at the time of the crash was his wife, their son Avraham (Albert) and his daughter-in-law. The pilot was also killed. There were no survivors on board.

It appears heavy fog conditions led to limited visibility, resulting in a chopper blade striking a building.

Highly-credible sources tell YWN that they had just returned from Flatbush, Brooklyn, where his brother had just made an engagement party at their home on Avenue S – in the Syrian Community. They had spend Shabbos in Flatbush, attended the party on Motzei Shabbos, and flew back to Mexico via airplane on Sunday. After landing, they transferred from a plane to chopper.

A private jet left NYC for Mexico at approximately 3:30AM on Sunday night/Monday morning with family members, and at least one member of Flatbush Hatzolah – a highly recognized Askan in the Syrian community.

R’ Moises was a major supporter of Torah institutions in Eretz Yisrael and around the world. He was especially close to Chacham Ovadia Yosef Shlita and his family. HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef, a son of the Rav and rosh yeshiva of Yechavei Daat is heading to New Mexico for the levaya. HaGaon HaRav David Yosef, another son, is expected to leave later today as well.

The niftar prided himself with hosting shiurim from his home, including a recent visit from Maran Rav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita, who delivered words of chizuk to the local community.

Two years ago he was in Eretz Yisrael for Lag B’Omer, renting six helicopters to fly his entourage to the Tzion, as well as rabbonim including Rishon L’Tzion HaRav Moshe Shlomo Amar Shlita.

Zaka, another organization that enjoyed strong support from the niftar is sending a special team to the scene. The details of the levaya to be announced. The matter of the levaya is being discussed with rabbonim in Eretz Yisrael as one of the questions entails waiting for another son, Chaim, who learns in Yeshivas Kol Torah in Eretz Yisrael.

According to a Kol Chai Radio report, Rishon LTzion HaGaon HaRav Moshe Shlomo Amar has instructed them to wait with the levaya until the Zaka team arrives to ensure the kvura includes all the body parts as demanded by halacha.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


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