The Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg Shlita, who is visiting France, addressed a gathering attended by thousands.
In view of the growing anti-Semitism and the many terrorist incidents among French Jews, they have been immigrating to Israel for the past two years, but as a result, some are losing their Jewish connection and traditions.
“It is precisely in Israel that their children come to study in the state education system and thus we lose the next generation,” explains one of the Jewish activists in France.
In the past two years, the Admorim have built a network of holy institutions in order to convince the local residents not to leave the country while giving their children a Jewish education.
The Satmar Rebbe in his address on Tuesday night said, “Your place is here and not to immigrate to Israel.” The Rebbe elaborated that his ancestors, the founders of Chassidism had taken care of the spiritual lives of the Jews from Eastern Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
“Even today there are many who come to Israel and are cut off from any connection to Yiddishkheit and undergo a spiritual holocaust,” the Rebbe cried out in pain. “Therefore, we must continue to stay here and send the children to institutions where there is a genuine Jewish education.”
As YWN has previously reported, a delegation of prestigious Rabbonim have traveled to Toronto, Chicago and other cities to raise millions of dollars to provide the many French Jews who have immigrated to Israel in recent years with the opportunity to receive a proper education within the Charedi school system.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)