13 January 2015

Eulogies for the Martyrs, Hy"d

22 Tevet 5775

From JPost report...

Rabbi Mazuz eulogizes Paris terror victims: 'There is no place of refuge for Jews except Israel'

The coffins of the four Jewish victims of the Paris terror attacks last week were brought to the Kiseh Rahamim Yeshiva in Bnei Brak early this morning where Rabbi Meir Mazuz, the spiritual leader of the Tunisian community in Israel and the rosh yeshiva, eulogised the men killed in the attack.

All of the victims are from the Tunisian Jewish community and approximately 1000 people were at the yeshiva for the service this morning. The family of one of the victims, Yoav Hattab, 21, specifically requested that Mazuz be part of the funeral proceedings.

In his eulogy at his yeshiva on Tuesday, Mazuz said that the events in France required action to be taken against terrorism and for the Jewish people to unite.

“There is no place of refuge in the world for a Jew except in the Land of Israel,” the rabbi said.

“Terror is striking in the US, England, Ukraine, and now France and we must cut it down. For us, we must unite, and bring an end to hatred and dispute and stop speaking badly of others. Everyone must ascend to the Land of Israel to unite.”

Mazuz also paid tribute to Lassana Bathily the Muslim man who helped save the lives of the Jewish customers in the supermarket where the terror attack occurred.

“The Muslim man who saved the Jews during the attack must be praised, he is one of the righteous among the nations and the righteous among the nations have a place in the world to come,” Mazuz said.

MK Eli Yishai, who is also of Tunisian background, was in attendance at the funeral and he too gave a eulogy for the victims of the attack.

“Millions of people in the State of Israel went into the last Shabbat with fear and worry for the fate [of those caught up in the events in Paris],” Yishai said.

“This is what it is to be Jewish, one nation, one blood, one fate. The martyrs, Yoav [Hattab], Francois [Michel Saada], Phillipe [Braham] and Yohan [Cohen] wanted to buy food to honor the Shabbat, but then the abhorent terrorist came to kill Jews simply because they are Jews. The same terrorism that we have experienced in our own flesh in the Land of Israel against the Jewish people here and around the world.

“The pain is enormous, the pain of the beloved families [of the victims]. But the souls of the martyrs are so high it is impossible to describe. They merit to be interred in the soil of the Land of Israel which our ancestors yearned for for thousands of years. Pray to our Father in Heaven who will say “enough” for our suffering.”