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#Je Suis Juif

#Je Suis Juif

I am a Jew. Don’t let the Jews of France stand alone.

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Four Jewish hostages were murdered at a kosher grocery store in Paris by a terrorist who had connections to the two men who attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo earlier last week. The gunman at the supermarket near the Porte de Vincennes metro station was killed by the police on Friday while his wife escaped, and the Charlie Hebdo gunmen were killed in a separate raid near Paris. After the attack of the newspaper office many people around the world twittered #Je Suis Charlie, I am Charlie Hebdo, and the hashtag rapidly began to trend as everyone expressed outrage for this attack on free speech.

Following the horrific murders at the kosher supermarket, many again took to Twitter urging others to tweet #Je Suis Juif, I am a Jew, to express the same outrage for this attack on religion. But #Je Suis Juif isn’t trending. We, the Jewish people, stand alone. Isn’t freedom of religion just as important as freedom of speech? Isn’t it just as evil and shocking for people to be killed for who they are as it is for what they say? Where are all the Twitter supporters now?

But there were some powerful Tweets that did speak up for the Jewish nation:

Mark Ferguson: We must stand by French Jews as we stood by French cartoonists and police. #JeSuisJuif

Aviva Klompas: The world stood united to defend free expression #JeSuisCharlie. Now it must stand united to defend human life #JeSuisJuif- I am a Jew

Rina Wolfson: So it wasn’t just about cartoons after all. Or is buying kosher bread offensive and provocative too? #JeSuisJuif

Kyle Price: #JeSuisCharlie is trending. #JeSuisAhmed is trending. #JeSuisJuif is not trending. And no one is surprised.

Ben Shapiro: If you tweeted #JeSuisCharlie but won’t tweet #JeSuisJuif today, I think we can all figure out the reason.

David Heyman: I suppose it was perhaps inevitable that the conclusion of #JeSuisCharlie would sadly be #JeSuisJuif

For the first time since World War II, there were no Shabbat services at the Paris Grand Synagogue this past Shabbos. Jewish leaders were told to close their synagogues and Jews all over France were urged to stay home. Mothers and fathers with babies in their arms who had gone to buy food for Shabbos were seen running hysterically out of the supermarket, escorted to safety by heavily armed policemen. Families who have lived in France for generations are wondering how much longer they will be able to remain there. On Saturday hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets of France with the signs “Je Suis Charlie” to protest the terrorist attack against free speech. But where were the signs protesting the murder of four innocent Jews?

The Jewish people in France cannot believe that the situation has come to this. They are heartbroken. They are scared. They need to hear our prayers. They need to hear our voices from all over the world: I am a Jew.

I am a Jew. My grandmother said it to the department store Santa Claus when she politely refused his candy cane offer.

I am a Jew. My mother said it when she refused to campaign on Shabbos when she was running for the NY State Supreme Court.

I am a Jew. My seven-year-old son said it to the dentist when the dentist asked why he was wearing a velvet cap on his head.

I am a Jew. I said it to my friend at the gym when she asked me if I heard what was happening in France. I am a Jew, I said, and I started to cry. I am a Jew, and my heart is breaking. And she looked at me and said: I am a Jew too. My heart is also breaking.

I am a Jew who lit candles on Friday night and cried as I saw the images of the fleeing hostages flicker before me in the flames.

I am a Jew who watched my husband walk out the door to go to shul on Shabbos and thought of all the people in France whose synagogues were closed.

I am a Jew who watched my children playing Russian School Room on Shabbos afternoon and asked them what they were doing. It’s a game, they said. In the game the teacher tries to find out who is Jewish in her class by asking questions. Only one of us is the Jew, and the teacher wants to know who it is because it is a crime. “Who taught you that?” I ask. “What kind of game is that?”

“Everyone knows this game,” they tell me, and they go back to playing. I stand a few feet away and listen in. The child playing teacher asks: What is your name? Where are you from? Tell me your mother’s name.

I never played this game as a child. It doesn’t make any sense to me. Why are my children, whose great- great grandparents were born in New York playing Russian School Room? Why are my children, who learn in Jewish schools and are part of a beautiful Jewish family, learning at such a young age that they are hated for who they are? That they stand alone for what they believe?

For the people of France and for every Jew in every country, and for Jewish children everywhere, I call out to the world: Je Suis Juif! My voice echoes the cries of those who have come before me, those who have lived and died for Your Name: I am a Jew. I was born a Jew. I live as a Jew. I will die as a Jew. #JeSuisJuif Don’t let the Jews of France stand alone.

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Visitor Comments: 67

(50) Di Wang, May 14, 2015 3:41 PM

je suis juive

(49) Lisa Silverberg, January 15, 2015 10:49 AM

Je Suis Juif

I am a Jew. I am a Jew who decided, 29 years ago this month to make aliyah and be part of the Jewish Homeland.

I grew up seeing photos and films about Jews in Europe running for their lives after the Nazis invaded. I shouted 'Freedom Now' in NY and Washington for Soviet Jewry at every rally. I watched in horror as the Twin Towers fell to the ground on 9/11.

i am a Jew. I am a Jewish Israeli. I have lived through quite a few wars in the almost 3 decades since i arrived and have spent time comforting and assisting families who have lost loved ones to terrorists.

I see the faces of French Jewry and feel deep sympathy to the 4 Kedoshim/holy men who were murdered at the Kosher Supermarket in Paris.

However, I, as a Jew, know that the ONLY place in the world to live as a Jew is our homeland, Ererz Yisrael. The land that G-d gave to Avraham, Avenu. our patriarch. In Israel, no synogogue would be shut down nor would we be told not to go out to pray after a massacre. In fact, in Har Nof, one day after the terror attack a bris was made in the exact place where four men HY''D were killed by two Arabs.

I am a Jew. All of us want our homes to be built solidly,
to give us a feeling of security and comfort and most of all to bind our families together in a setting that we love.

Come home Jew! Come to the ONLY home you can call your own.

(48) Sheila Dale, January 14, 2015 6:02 AM

a Christian....

I am a Jew. Saying it in plain English. Some years ago i spoke with a Jewish friend who seemed to know my love for Israel and the Jews...and for her. But when i said that i feared what seemed to me inevitable with rising persecution even here in the U.S. and thst the safest place for the Jewish People was Israel she accused me of being anti-Semitic. I was shocked but now understand my comments were a threat to her way of life and a rememberance of her close ancesters who died in the Holocaust . Todsy...sadly...those same words might be received differently in view of recent events in France and Europe. And yet there are more antisemitic occurrences here as well. I lived in Israel serving in a Christian Humanitarian organization. One of pour focuses was to help the nrwly arriving immigrants with household items and food...clothing. And yes, we coordinated our help with the IsrelSocial Services. There is a gatfeal of help for immigrants from hundreds of NGO's as well as the government . You who have been raised in religious schools have the benefit of already knowing some Hebrew. Please read this knowing that this person who is wfiting this to you would go immediately if it were an option for me...bbu as a Christian it is not...but for you it is. Even with the terror in Israel that sometimes raises its ugly head..it is still the safest place for a Jew anywhere in the world. I say this with a heart full of love for you. Instead of "Next year in Jerusale..." why not make it this year? Prayerfully and with great love and respect.Please forgive the typos...it's been difficult making corrections on this phone pad...thank you and Shalom. Sheila

Mike, January 17, 2015 8:29 PM

are you jewish?

if you are (and also if you are not), I would really advise you to hear what Tovia Singer has to say. You can find him on www.outreachjudaism.org or on Youtube
See what he has to say.

(47) Litowitz,Stephen, January 14, 2015 3:40 AM

He suis juif!

I Don't believe that your comments re:je suis juif are correct. I watched the march on Sunday of 3.7million people on t.v.There were lots of banners saying je suis juif and yes many saying je suis charlie and many signs which read je suis juif,je suis Charlie and je suis muslim. Iwas surprised at the number of interviewees whom were Muslim and had a sign which read je suis juif! I was heartfelt for the first time that there was hope of two religions coexisting.

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