Shomrim Helps Locate Missing Person on Friday Night

A person with special needs went missing on Friday Night, prompting a panicked call from his family, and a child managed to lock himself inside a bathroom on Shabbos afternoon and the mother was unsure who to call.


Crown Heights Shomrim had a busy Shabbos, starting off with a search for a person with special needs who walked out of his house after Shabbos began, and did not return.

Shomrim mobilized a number of volunteers, who after an hour of searching was able to assist in locating him. Hatzalah was called to check him out and was transported to an area hospital.

Later, on Shabbos afternoon, Shomrim received a phone call from a mother whose child was locked inside a bathroom. “She says ‘I have a problem and I don’t know who call’” a Shomrim volunteer told “She tells me that her toddler is trapped inside a bathroom, so I told her that is no problem I will send a couple of guys over right away.”

They were able to open the door and free the terrified child.


  • 1. Thinking Chosid wrote:

    A child locked in a room is “pikuach nefesh” and door may be broken on shabbos (shulchan oruch) .

    • 2. Rabbi K from BMG wrote:

      M”B 328:38
      Rav S.A. 328:15

      The gemora Yuma 84b says that if a child got locked behind a door one may break down the door even if it involves a biblical prohibition.

      The gemora says that even if one needed the splinters for firewood and is cutting the door in a manner which will thus benefit him, it is permitted.

      The Sha’ar Ha’tzion 328:17 says that obviously one must break the door in the quickest method possible. He may therefore not cut the door in a manner benefiting him if it requires doing more actions.

      The Aruch HaShulchan asks how the gemora can permit such a method of cutting when one can simply break down the door. He answers that it would frighten the child.

  • 9. SO PROUD wrote:

    So amazing to live in a community where we all help each other in time of need! Happy to hear good news and a happy ending! May we all come together and help others in there time of need!

  • 10. A concerned friend wrote:

    While it’s nice to hear that shomrim is so helpful BH. The people who call for help do expect privacy, and posting details of what was done violates them (even when there are no names mentioned).

    • 11. #NotMeToo wrote:

      Do you feel violated? Do we need to start a new movement? Perhaps a fundraiser?

      Quit this thin-skinned nonsense!

      There is not a single identifying factor in this article, or the tweet that was made by Shomrim. No location, no address, no photos (obviously… being shabbos), and no specific time-frame either…

      Perhaps next time you should call 911 and your name will end up in a publicly accessible report and then we will see what expectation of privacy you have…

      Shomrim, keep up the good work while giving the ultimate respect to peoples privacy!


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