Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I'm flattered that people look to me and to my writings to take comfort in the event of terrible tragedies, but what am I supposed to say at a time like this? What words of comfort can I possibly deliver? We sit and mourn יחד עם כל בית ישראל. I have a friend -or maybe "acquaintance" would be a better term? - from my Kolel days who's a Chabad shliach in Toulouse and was quoted in one of the reports. He had just dropped off his children at the school when he heard the shots. His daughter texted him to stay away from the school. Why do I tell you this? I have no idea. I'm just rambling. Rabbi Sandler was on shlichus in Toulouse, having come from Israel to teach. This is an unspeakable crime, especially since we know that the killer looked to kill children point blank. We can see from the pictures that the community in Toulouse is a united one, with many different streams all being educated either in Lubavitch or Otzar HaTorah. I have met Jews in Monsey who are French - not Chabad - and spoke so highly of Lubavitch and their activities. It warms the heart to see Jews united so. Let's do that here too! Here we have countless numbers of Jews who could easily assimilate in France yet choose to educate their kids in the ways of Torah, despite the dangers of it! What a beautiful nation the Yidden are! I'm tired of being the bearer of bad news here. Obituaries, one after the other. It's bad enough that I write about people, cities and culture that are long dead, now I need to write about killings, r"l? You want links? see below. You've heard and seen it all by now.
gunman filmed killings...
Solidarity march in Paris
Anti-Semitism in France
Victims to be buried in E. Yisroel
Same gun had killed 3 paratroopers before
Rabbi Sandler HY"D a dedicated Talmid Chochom
Another terror wave feared
Tragedy in Toulouse
Let's hear about good things happening!!