Word From Yerushalaim
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. Isa. 40:1-5
Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. Jer. 16:14-16
These are the scriptures which came to mind as I heard more and more about the cowardice murderous attack on Jewish children in France on Monday. This hatred towards the God of Israel seems to never cease to raise its ugly head. But Oh our God is faithful, and He will come to us like the rain the sweet spring rain. Many today cry, Lord where are You? Our enemies have surrounded us and encamped against us. Will You now show Your beautiful face and come to our rescue? And His answer is in His word. Isaiah had revelation when he wrote the word of the Lord, now we can by faith call this word to be made manifest and put God’s (and Israel’s) enemies to shame…
Thousands attend funeral of Toulouse victims
Four Jews murdered in attack on Jewish school in France on Monday laid to rest in Jerusalem
Ynet reporters Published: 03.21.12, / Israel News
Thousands attended the funeral of four Jews who were murdered in an attack at a Jewish school in Toulouse at Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul cemetery on Wednesday. Chapters of Psalms were read out at the beginning of the funeral.
Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, his 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons Gabriel and Arieh and 8-year-old Myriam Monsonego, daughter of school headmaster Rabbi Yaacov Monsonego, will be laid to rest in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul Cemetery.
Meanwhile, a siege on the house of the suspect in the Toulouse attack is still ongoing. The 24-year-old suspect, who declared he has links to al-Qaeda, said he will give himself up later today, Interior Minister Claude Gueant said.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said in his eulogy, “In Toulouse and Jerusalem, in New York and Buenos Aires, Jews of all factions stand with us with deep pain in their heats and tears in their eyes. Again we stand before small, silent bodies, before small graves.”
He added, “The Jewish people face wild and insatiable animals, wild animals made crazy by their hatred, murderers who do not distinguish between a settler and a leftist, a Jew in Israel and a Jew in the Diaspora. They are aware of the unbreakable bond between all Jews. They understand that the divides between us are just an illusion.
“But they also know where to hurt us. They recognize our most sacred values…but we will not let them prevail over us. The State of Israel has the duty to ensure that Jewish lives can be maintained anywhere in the world.”
Interior Minister Eli Yishai also spoke at the funeral. “We expect the French government to take the most severe measures against the culprits, to persecute anti-Semitism and its supporters until salvation is reached.” Israel’s chief rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger also eulogized the victims. Amar broke down in tears when he spoke of 8-year-old Myriam Monsonego.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said at the funeral that the murder shocked all the people of France. “Your grief, your pain is ours too. All of France is in shock,” he said.
Juppe stressed France’s determination to fight anti-Semitism and said that the 65 million French citizens will not tolerate any attack on Jews.