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A Heartfelt Plea for Increased Light by Chava (Eva) Sandler of Toulouse

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

My heart is broken. I am unable to speak. There are no ways for me to be able to express the great and all-consuming pain resulting from the murder of my dear husband Rabbi Jonathan and our sons, Aryeh and Gavriel, and of Miriam Monsonego, daughter of the dedicated principal of Ozar Hatorah and his wife, Rabbi Yaakov and Mrs. Monsonego.

May no one ever have to endure such pain and suffering.

Because so many of you, my cherished brothers and sisters in France and around the world, are asking what you can do on my behalf, on behalf of my daughter Liora and on behalf of the souls of my dear husband and children, I feel that, difficult though it may be, it is incumbent upon me to answer your entreaties.

My husband’s life was dedicated to teaching Torah. We moved back to the country of his birth to help young people learn about the beauty of Torah. He was truly a good man, loving, giving, and selfless. He was sensitive to all of God’s creatures, always searching for ways to reveal the goodness in others.

He and I raised Aryeh and Gavriel to live the ways of Torah. Who would have known how short would be their time on this Earth, how short would be the time I would be with them as their mother?

I don’t know how I and my husband’s parents and sister will find the consolation and strength to carry on, but I know that the ways of God are good, and He will reveal the path and give us the strength to continue. I know that their holy souls will remain with us forever, and I know that very soon the time will come when we will be together again with the coming of Moshiach.

I wholeheartedly believe in the words of the verse: “The Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the Name of the Lord.” I thank the Almighty for the privilege, short though it was, of raising my children together with my husband. Now the Almighty wants them back with Him.

To all those who wish to bring consolation to our family and contentment to the souls of the departed: Let’s continue their lives on this Earth.

Parents, please kiss your children. Tell them how much you love them, and how dear it is to your heart that they be living examples of our Torah, imbued with the fear of Heaven and with love of their fellow man.

Please increase your study of Torah, whether on your own or with your family and friends. Help others who may find study difficult to achieve alone.

Please bring more light into the world by kindling the Sabbath candles this and every Friday night. (Please do so a bit earlier than the published times as a way to add holiness to our world.)

The holiday of Passover is approaching. Please invite another person into your homes so that all have a place at a Seder to celebrate the holiday of our freedom.

Along with our tearful remembrance of our trials in Egypt so many years ago, we still tell over how “in each and every generation, they have stood against us to destroy us.” We all will announce in a loud and clear voice: “God saves us from their hands.”

The spirit of the Jewish people can never be extinguished; its connection with Torah and its commandments can never be destroyed.

May it be God’s will that from this moment on, we will all only know happiness.

I send my heartfelt condolences to the Monsonego family for the loss of their daughter Miriam, and I pray for the speedy recovery of Aharon ben Leah, who was injured in the attack.

Thank you for your support and love.

(text provided by Chabad.org)

Photos: Toulouse Shooting Victims Funeral in Jerusalem

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Burial site, Har Menuchot, Jerusalem

 

Bodies of Toulouse Victims in Jerusalem

 

Bodies of Toulouse Shooting Victims at Har Menuchot Cemetary

 

Burial of Toulouse Shooting Victims at Har Menuchot, Jerusalem

Killer Cam: Toulouse Murderer Likely Filmed Jewish School Shooting

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Surveillance footage from the security cameras at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse indicate that a video camera may have been strapped to the chest of the shooter, who calmly killed a rabbi, his two children, and the daughter of the school’s principal on Monday.  The murderer then escaped on his moped.  He is still at-large.

The unknown attacker shot Rabbi Yonatan Sandler and his young sons Aryeh (6) and Gabriel (3), before chasing 8 year-old Miriam Monsonego into the school’s courtyard, grabbing her by the hair, and shooting her in the head.  A 17-year old, unidentified boy was seriously wounded in the attack.

The anti-Semitic killing has been linked to two recent shootings of French paratroopers of Arab and black backgrounds.  A .45-caliber automatic pistol was used in all of the attacks.

The killer is believed to be a member of a neo-Nazi group of former French soldiers.  Three of the four soldiers attacked were members of a regiment from which those neo-Nazis had been court-martialed, according to a report in the New York Times.

A minute of silence was observed at 11am at schools throughout France for what President Nicolas Sarkozy called a “national tragedy”.  The president stationed police officers and guards at Jewish and Muslim schools and places of worship until the perpetrator is apprehended.

Rabbi Sandler and his family came to Toulouse from Jerusalem for a teaching position in July.  Their remains will be flown back to Israel for burial, in accordance with the wishes of the family and with the assistance of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Toulouse houses one of France’s largest Jewish communities, and is estimated to include 20,000 members.  Some 550,000 Jews are estimated to live throughout France, representing Europe’s largest Jewish community.

Victims of Toulouse To Be Buried in Israel

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Israel’s  Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued the following press release:

After the appalling murders in Toulouse, the Israeli Embassy in Paris, as well as the Israeli Consulate in Marseille, have contacted the bereaved families and learned of their desire to bring their loved ones to Israel for burial. The government of Israel has therefore decided to transfer the coffins to Israel as soon as possible, with the cooperation and assistance of Israel’s representatives in France and in coordination with the French authorities.

The names of the victims are: Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, Gabriel Sandler (age 4), Arieh Sandler (age 5), Miriam Monsonego (age 7). 

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/victims-of-toulouse-to-be-buried-in-israel/2012/03/20/

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