Chief Rabbi of Israel Rav Dovid Lau has sent a condolence letter to rabbis and Jewish community members in France Tuesday, following an Islamist’s rampage on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week.
“Along with the Jewish world, we are horrified to hear about the terrible attack that occurred at a kosher supermarket in Paris, which killed four holy and pure Jews, who stormed the heavens and died sanctifying G-d’s name, just because they are Jews, and were murdered in the prime of their lives just for seeking to keep on eating kosher food, as Jews believe,” Rabbi Lau said.
“The murderous attack tears at the heart of every Jew, in Israel and France, in the US and globally, and joined the bad feeling that prevails these days in your country, France, when bloodthirsty terrorists are trying to harm innocent civilians,” he continued. “Our eyes are filled with tears, are hearts are torn with pain, and our thoughts are with you in these difficult times.”
Rabbi Lau then urged the Jewish community there not to abandon their faith, but to strengthen it.
“It is our duty and obligation of the times we live in now, not to weaken our faith or succumb to fear – on the contrary, we must strengthen and improve our way of life, between man and his fellow, to increase our friendship and love for fellow man during these misfortunes,” he said. “[We must also] strengthen our faith and commitment to eat kosher food – in the face of many temptations faced by Jews in Israel and the Diaspora.” Read more at Arutz Sheva.