A Call From the Heart by Mrs. Eva Sandler
Eva with her precious son Aryeh
TO ALL MY READERS: Please take the time to read the cry of this beloved mother in anguish, who has just been bereaved of a husband and two little sons by the gun of a terrorist in Toulouse, France. For my readers who understand the power of prayer, take the time to intercede for dear Eva and all surviving family members of this terrible tragedy.
Dear Eva, may the love of Ha'Shem, ha kadosh baruch Hu, reach deep into your broken heart to bring Divine comfort and healing at this time in your life. May Mashiach, of Whom it was written by Yeshayahu ha navi would bear all our sorrows, comfort and embrace you from above with His love and chesed. We stand united in love and prayer with you. Shalom.
-Pamela Rae Schuffert
A CALL FROM THE HEART
BY MRS. EVA SANDLER
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.
Ariyeh, Jonathan & Gavriel Sandler and Miriam 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?
Precious little Gavriel Sandler
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.
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.
(NOTE-Please take the time to pray also for Ahoron ben Leah, a student wounded by the gunman. Pray also for Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yosef Matusof, deeply distraught over this unspeakable tragedy. All three children who were killed attended his Gan Rashi school/daycare. While waiting for the minibus, the gunman opened fire on Gavriel, Aryeh and Miriam, killing all three.-PRS)