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In the midst of her mourning, the widow and mother of three of the victims of the attack on the Ozar Hatorah high school issues a heartfelt call for people around the world to carry on the memory of those whose lives were cut short.

Massacre in Toulouse

Massacre in Toulouse

A Call From the Heart by Mrs. Eva Sandler

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

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.

The spirit of the Jewish people can never be extinguished

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.

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

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.

Please bring more light into the world by kindling the Sabbath candles this and every Friday night.

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

Editor's Note: Please say a prayer for Aron ben Leah, who was injured in the attack.

Video: Watch an interview with Mrs. Eva Sandler

Finding Our Voice
An Interview with Eva Sandler
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September 7, 2014
Dearest eva
You do not know me but I know and think about you each and every day many many times in the last 2and a half years.
I have been blessed with a beautiful child born on the 18 03 2012 named after someone dear to you Yonatan ,may this be a small comfort in difficult moments and may Hashem alleviate all suffering and bring moshiach soon.Amen
If you would like to see his photo I would gladly send it to you by email
R.Bitton
rivka bitton
Ashdod Israel
March 19, 2014
this world sucks. G-d? or no G-d.
Ok, that's it.
Amichai Schneller
rage town MN.
June 28, 2012
I don't know what to say
I see what happened to You and to the people you love, and I just dont know what to say but
Tears are not enough....
rachid.
May 22, 2012
Every Shabbat
I light candles early and I say the names of these innocent victims out loud. I will never forget. This has affected me profoundly.
Anonymous
Boca Raton, Florida
April 23, 2012
Mrs. Sandler
I give tzedakah every day in memory of your children, husband and little Miriam OBM. I was able to figure out the Hebrew names of the children, but what is your husband's Hebrew name, Yonatan Ben ?
Sorry to trouble you, if you do read this, but I would like to say the right name when giving tzedakah.
May Hashem bless you and give you much strength. Much love to you, Malka
Malka
LA, CA
April 3, 2012
MASACRE EN TOLOUSE
SEÑORA SANDLER.
ADMIRO SU BONDAD INFINITA Y SU PAZ INTERIOR PARA SOPORTAR UNA TRAGEDIA TAN GRANDE, LA INMENSIDAD DE D-OS ES AÚN MAS GRANDE PARA TRAERLE A USTED UN POCO DE TRANQUILIDAD. HE VIVIDO TAMBIÉN EN CARNE PROPIA LA PÉRDIDA REPENTINA DE SERES QUERIDOS POR CULPA DEL TERRORISMO Y ES MUY, MUY DURO.
SUS NIÑOS Y SU ESPOSO ESTÁN GOZANDO EN PRESENCIA DE D-OS...
GILBERTO ROSALES SELIGMAN
PASTO, COLOMBIA
April 3, 2012
Rebbetzin Sandler
Rebbetzin Sandler,
I am a Goyim, but I have a deep love for the Jewish people. I am so sorry for your loss, I look at your baby's and I weep, I look at the other's murdered and I weep. I read these things and I burn with anger against the perpetrators. I don't know why so many people hate the Jewish people, but know this, the Jewish nation is Adonai's chosen, and that's something no one can ever take away from you,
May Adonai Bless and comfort you Rebbetzin Sandler.....Jack.
Jack
Bookham, UK
April 2, 2012
Heartbroken
As a mother of 3 I often think what I would do if I lost 1 of my children (G-d forbid). There are no words that I can give to you to make your healing easier, except that I am having 16 people the first night & 15 the second nite at our Seder Table. The 2 nights will proceed as usual with the exception of a moment in silence in the memory of your husband & 2 sons. May G-d give you the strength to deal with your losses.
Harriet Srour
Delray Beach, FL
April 1, 2012
A brave and loyal wife and mother.....
I just celebrated my 72nd birthday and have been grieving for the last two years for the awful loss of my darling husband of 43 years. My whole being aches for you dear Eva, to lose a good man and father seems too much to bear but to also lose those very innocent boys is unforgettable. Be strong to revere their memory. We are made of strong stuff, we women who seem to be the mortar of Jewish life must never come unglued. All those who were lost in Toulouse are a symbol of what horror exists in the world ! The ignorant, weak and heartless people who took them from their families and community will never find reward either in this or any future life to come.
Anonymous
London, U.K.
chabadbloomsbury.org
March 29, 2012
Toulouse
The letter from the devoted mother and wife broke my hearth, and give a a shine sparks to all the world I'm not jew but I understand the feelings and I keep in my prays to G-Dto end the hate and forgive us because in certain ways we ere responsible for, G-D have some ways to test us against all matters I feel sos sorry for your pain, and my hearth like your are broken
jose J. Lizarraga
los Angeles Ca, USA
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