The students of a 6th grade from the college of Ohr-Torah, Toulouse, welcomed Tuesday afternoon, the count of Paris and his family for fruitful discussions around their respective education.
Prince Jean d’Orléans, Count of Paris, pretending to the throne of France; his wife, Princess Philomena and their five children – Gaston (12 years old), Antoinette (9 years old), Louise-Marguerite (7 years old), Joseph (5 years old) and Jacinthe (3 years old) – were visiting, Tuesday after- noon, at the Ohr-Torah Jewish school in Toulouse, victim of the attacks in 2012.
Installed near Carcassonne, the little family from France is a meeting place for children in a 6th grade. During very spontaneous exchanges, Toulouse college students explained the fundamentals of Jewish education under the benevolent gaze of Rafaël and Clémence, their religion teachers. The young Ruben spoke of the 113 Jewish commandments including kosher foods, the sanctification of Shabbat … Then the college student Ava spoke about her faith in God and the main traditional festivals, including the current Chanukah which lasts eight days, and, which like the others, is “a period when we eat very well”. To pay tribute to this festival of lights, the children took part in a manual workshop during which they drew, cut out and decorated candles, spinning tops, candelabra… and took the opportunity to get to know each other better. After tasting donuts – traditional Hanukkah delicacies – the Jewish college students, in turn, questioned the children of the Count of Paris about their way of life, school, their castles … Then they offered cushions with the three lilies of the coat of arms of the kings of France. “These moments of sharing offer the possibility of finding possible links between the Christians that we are and the Jewish community represented by this school”, recognized the Count of Paris. The heir has left, his jacket pocket filled with children’s drawings, wishes him a happy Hanukkah.