The bravest woman on earth….

I received this in my inbox, and believe this message has to be passed on to as many people as possible.

Please share the brave, heartfelt words of an incredible Jewish Woamn, the wife and mother of the rabbi and two little boys that were shot and killed in France last week.

Hashem should bless her, that her prayers be answered and people heed her call, so that the sacrifice of her husband and children were not  for nought.

Massacre in Toulouse: A Call From the Heart by Mrs. Eva Sandler

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 thecoming 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. 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.

1 thought on “The bravest woman on earth….”

  1. …and I ask myself, WHY does it take the tradgedy of a fellow yid for me to see, know and realize how precious my husband and children are? What a gift they truly are to me? Why do we have to know from such devestation, anguish, torment, sadness?

    Perhaps because we need to remember that we are one family.
    Perhaps these awful things happen for us to enhance our tefillah, tehillim, Torah learning and tzedakah (not only in the monetary form!).
    Perhaps it is for us to realize that all the petty things that happen in our daily lives…does not really matter at all. That at the end of the day, when you’re ready to go to bed yourself and you’ve kissed and tucked your children goodnight, along with wishing your husband a good nights rest too…that you KNOW you’ve loved the best you could love, you’ve grown spiritualy the best you could grow, you’ve nourished the best you could nourish (yourself too!!) and you are happy to be alive and enjoy this world (it IS a gift to us also!)…then maybe, just maybe that is enough.

    I pray.


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