This week, our collective Jewish family sits shiva, mourning for our holy brothers and sisters.
We are all mortified by the brutal murders of the eleven innocent Jews killed last Saturday in Pittsburgh.
During morning services, a Jew-hating gunman stormed the Tree of Life Synagogue and opened fire on worshipers, yelling “All Jews must die!” This horrific massacre considered the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, has left the community and the entire nation reeling.
This is not Nazi Germany of 75 years ago. This is not a pogrom of 150 years ago. This is not the Inquisition of 600 years ago. This is not the Roman occupation of 2,000 years ago. This is not the Babylonian invasion of 2,500 years ago. And this is not Egyptian domination of 3,400 years ago. This, my dear brothers and sisters, happened in America today!
But beyond shock and grief, how are we to respond to such unspeakable tragedy? What can we do about such hate?