The Ozar Hatorah shootings 19.3.2012
Three children and one teacher
were shot dead by a gunman
at the Ozar Hatorah school
The widow of Jonathan Sandler, Eva Sandler, request that no photos of the family be posted until after the funeral on Wednesday 21.3.2012. The photo of Jonathan have already been published on hundreds of Internet-pages all over the world, but in respect of the wish of Eva Sandler KOPJIK have withheld the photos of the murdered children Gavriel, Ariye and Miriam Monsonego.
A gunman opened fire on a Jewish school in Toulouse in southern France, killing four people. A 30-year-old man, rabbi Jonathan Sandler, who taught Yiddish at the Ozar Hatorah school, and his 2 sons (3 and 6 y.o.) were killed in the attack just before classes started at the Ozar Hatorah school in France today. Another child, at the age between 8 and 10 years, was also killed, and a 17-year-old seriously injured.
The Ozer Hatorah School in Toulouse.
The Ozer Hatorah School in Toulouse.
Attentat à Toulouse contre une école juive: trois morts dont 2 enfants. Un homme a ouvert le feu ce lundi matin devant un collège-lycée juif de Toulouse, tuant au moins un professeur (rabbi Jonathan Sandler, qui enseigne le yiddish à l’école) et son deux enfants, et en blessant plusieurs autres. Connec’Sion adresse ses condoléances aux familles des disparus et ses souhaits de réfouah schléma aux blessés. http://dai.ly/xadgDP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b_Y3btNgIo http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Z7l3cNk3q8I * Um homem armado abriu fogo em uma escola judaica emToulouse, no sul da França, matando quatro pessoas. Um homem de 30 anos (rabino Jonathan Sandler, quem ensinou iídiche na escola) de idade e seus filhos de 3 anos de idadee 6 anos de idade, foram mortas no ataque, pouco antes do início das aulas na escola Hatorah Ozar na França hoje. Outra criança, na idade entre 8 e 10 anos, também foi morto,e um 17 anos gravemente ferido.
Adar 29, 5772 • March 23, 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 G‑d’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 G‑d 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 L-ord has given, and the L-ord has taken away; blessed be the Name of the L-ord.” 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: “G‑d 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 G‑d’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.
Chava (Eva) Sandler of Toulouse.
*Chava Sandler – before and after. פרוי סאַנדלער – פֿאַר און נאָך
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