On Wednesday the four Jews who were murdered in Toulouse on Monday were buried at Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul cemetery. Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, his 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons Gabriel and Arieh, and 8-year-old Myriam Monsonego, daughter of school headmaster Rabbi Yaacov Monsonego, were laid to rest in the presence of thousands of people. All four victims held joint French and Israeli nationality.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe came especially from France to attend the funeral. He said, "The murder shocked all the people of France. Your grief, your pain is ours too. All of France is in shock." Juppe added that France will fight anti-Semitism and said that the 65 million French citizens will not tolerate any attack on Jews.
This tragic event calls to mind Proverbs 14:32, "Even in death the righteous have a refuge." We weep with the mourners in Jerusalem, and we pray for God's comfort for the family and friends of those now laid to rest.