The Sassoon children ob"m were buried in Jerusalem yesterday. It's not pleasant looking at seven fresh graves, but maybe it will pierce our hearts of stone and prod us to make teshuva.
Nadav and Avihu died on Rosh Chodesh, Nissan. So did the 7 Sassoon children, of blessed memory.
During the time of the Holy Temple, on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh, 7 lambs are sacrificed as an atonement for the Jewish People. Since we don't have the Holy Temple, Hashem took the 7 unblemished "lambs" of the Sassoon family instead.
If this is the atonement, imagine the magnitude of the tragedy it prevented...
The entire Jewish People mourn this unspeakable loss. We send our deepest condolences to Gabriel Sassoon, the father with the most phenomenal emuna, and pray for the full and speedy recovery of his wife and daughter, Tziporah bat Avigayil and Avigayil bat Tziporah.
People ask what they can do for the Sassoon children - the answer is simple: teshuva. That's what Hashem wants from us. This wakeup call is piercing our eardrums; it's no longer business as usual.