By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Menachem Ladayov, who leads the Beth Elhanan Meir community in the Ternes district of the 17th arrondissement of Paris, looks forward to reading the Kfar Chabad Magazine on a weekly basis.
This week, he received it with an unwelcome message.
The issue he received was published 2 months ago on Elul 4, 5781. It arrived with the plastic cover torn off and a handwritten Star of David and the word “raus” (German for out), implying ‘Jews get out.’
Rabbi Ladayov was disturbed by what he saw. He has been active in the community for the last 6 years and has been running the shul in memory of his brother Elchanan Meir Ladayov since his passing at a young age.
He said this is the first time he experienced such antisemitism.
“In general, I receive the magazine in a black cover so the content isn’t visible,” he said on Monday. “My assumption is that the clear plastic led the clerk on duty to tear it and write this antisemitic message.”
Ladayov said he plans to file a police report about the incident. He also spoke with the 17th arrondissement’s mayor Geoffroy Boulard.
“He said what happened is unacceptable and that it cannot be passed quietly. He said he is at our disposal if necessary and gives us his support,” the rabbi said.
He is skeptical that the person responsible will be found but says he is committed to “not to be influenced by this.”
“Chanukah will be soon and we plan to put up a large Menorah and celebrate with the Jews the festival of the victory of light over darkness,” he said.