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MK Eichler Returning from France: Jews Feel Imprisoned

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Shortly after returning from France, MK Rabbi Israel Eichler (United Torah Judaism) said anxiety surrounds the French Jewish community: “There is a constant tension, the Jewish community is living in a prison-like situation.”

Speaking to Kikar HaShabbat following the shocking massacre in Toulouse, Eichler recalled the constant anxiety that enveloped the country’s Jewish communities.

“We traveled in France with a sense of tension,” he said, “I saw that the Jewish community is behaving as if they’re living in a prison. The Jewish community offices are built like a fortress. Police are guarding every synagogue during prayer times.

“Today when I heard about the event I was horrified. Only on Thursday I was at a Chabad school for girls in the 19th quarter of Paris—two thousand students—and talked about the tension surrounding the place, with all the Arabs living there. Today, we received the proof.”

MK Rabbi Eichler said France poses “a great danger to Jews. There is danger in Israel, too, from Iran and terrorist organizations. But in Israel we have the special protection of God. In France there’s severe sense danger. Jews there feel like strangers in their own home.”

United Torah Judaism MK to Livni: ‘You’re Our Enemy’

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

United Torah Judaism MK Yisrael Eichler told Opposition leader and Kadima MK Tzipi Livni that she was “our enemy” Wednesday in a stormy Knesset debate over affordable housing.

Eichler made the comment in response to Livni’s haranguing of Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias of Shas for balking at granting affordable housing priority to those households where both partners work: “The housing minister’s decision is an insult to those [protesters] who went out to the streets.”

At this point in her remarks Eichler accused Livni of ceaselessly harassing the ultra-orthodox public, and continued to interrupt her until Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin ordered him removed from the session. Eichler shouted at Livni as he exited, saying “you’re our enemy.”

Opening The Eyes Of Our Youngsters

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

   As we all know, time is of essence to transmit the saga of our parents’ suffering in the Holocaust before there are no more witnesses alive to tell their stories. Chavi Diamond, a daughter of survivors, is a woman with a mission. She feels this urgency keenly and has initiated a groundbreaking series of Holocaust children’s books geared to ages 6-12.


 


   In recent years, a Holocaust curriculum was introduced at the junior high and high school level, but the younger students have zero or minimal knowledge of their great-grandparents’ travails.

 

   As a vehicle to gently expose children to the Holocaust, Diamond has published The Promise – a touchingly illustrated account of her aunt’s survival that is an age-appropriate depiction of the war years. The storybook is done with much sensitivity and was created with the guidance of leading educators and psychologists.

 

   Diamond plans to publish many more true stories, covering the different European countries and varying backgrounds of survivors, and has founded Heart to Heart Memories to perpetuate the legacy of loved ones.

 

   The Pesach Seder is an opportune time to broach this topic, deftly weaving our recent history into the narrative of yetzias Mitzrayim. Our children are more resilient than we give them credit for. Just as they are familiar with the Egyptians’ cruelty and enslavement, it is incumbent upon us to share the details of our nation’s suffering throughout the ages.

 

   The Promise is available at Eichler’s, Torah Treasures, Judaica Place. For more information about this book and forthcoming publications or to share your story go to www.h2hmemories.com, or contact Chavi Diamond at onfo@h2hmemories.com.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/books/book-reviews/opening-the-eyes-of-our-youngsters-2/2011/04/14/

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