Levaya for Paris Kedoshim


photos1Jerusalem Chief Rabbi HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Amar Shlita is reciting the “Hashkava” for the Paris kedoshim, whose bodies arrived in Eretz Yisrael for kvura during the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday, 22 Teves.

The kedoshim HY”D, Yohav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen, and Francois-Michel Saada, will be interred in Har Menuchos following the completion of the hespedim.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Obviously not.

    As a European currently living in America, I am sad to see – and from conversations with people, to hear – that what’s going on in Paris does not seem to create all that much stir on this side of the Atlantic.

    After the attacks, one and and a half million people came to Paris from all over Europe to march, carrying banners that said ‘Je suis contre le fascisme’ (I am against Fascism) and ‘Je suis un Juif’ (I am Jewish). Leading the march were 44 world leaders – minus one B. Obama – busy attending a football match.

    That kind of arrogance and the ‘it will never happen over here ‘ attitude is something that we really have to get over. I work in a Jewish school here in NY, and despite the terror threat in the US being raised today, not to mention the fact that Jewish schools all over Europe are being guarded by armed police this week, security is still almost non-existent.

    If we ignore what’s going on over there, and the plight of those communities, we forget we’re in Golus. Do we really think we’re so special and important over here that nothing will ever happen to us; that anti-semitism can only ever exist in Europe? Where is that written??

  2. The US has this idea that it is like Gan Eden and that whatever goes on elsewhere is of fairly low importance. When this is coupled with a political setup that’s bound to gridlock frequently and has too many nutters, “We have a problem”. By dint of its size, economic and military power and close ties with most countries (America is largely from immigrant stock), the USA can’t avoid the moral obligation to be interested and participate in world affairs, using its skills and taking joining other nations in trying to prevent or alleviate problems