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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Solidarity with Toulouse

The recent terror attack on a Jewish Day School in Toulouse, France made headlines all over the world and shook the entire Jewish Community.

At the Yeshivah of Flatbush we are particularly connected, as our very own Ms. Hanny Zaltzman grew up in Toulouse.  In fact, she was a student in the first class of elementary school at which the shooting took place.  This afternoon, Ms. Zaltzman was the featured speaker at an assembly in which the Yeshivah of Flatbush showed its solidarity with the Jewish Community of Toulouse. 

After a brief introduction by Assistant Principal Rabbi Joseph Beyda, Ms. Zaltzman addressed the entire student body.  She described the peaceful nature of the city of Toulouse and the spiritual caliber of its Jewish Community, which has roots back to the Middle Ages.  She then relayed conversations she had with her mother and her niece.  Her mother is the Principal of the elementary school which the young victims attended.  Her niece was with the victims just moments before the shooting and witnessed it firsthand.  Rabbi Beyda and Ms. Zaltzman explained to the students that the Jewish People are unique in that we are all connected and we share each others pain and lend each other support.  This is the meaning of the concept "Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh BaZeh."  

Ms. Zaltzman was followed by a Hashkavah delivered by Rosh Yeshivah Rabbi Raymond Harari, who also led the Yeshivah in a rare "whole school" Minha.  Each student in the Yeshivah will be writing a note to the Jewish Community of Toulouse in a show of support.  May Hashem comfort all of the bereaved amongst the Mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.