Posts tagged " Pittsburgh synagogue "

Tragedy in Pittsburgh

November 1st, 2018 Posted by Susan's Musings 82 comments

I feel the need to respond in three ways to the murder of Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue. As a human being, as an American and as a Jew.

As part of humanity, the only proper response is sorrow. Each and every day, around the world, people do abominable things to each other. Sometimes it is to people they know, other times to strangers. Sometimes a specific group is targeted, other times attacks are seemingly random. As a member of the human race, one must sadly deplore this.

As an American, I grieve as I have grieved too many times in the past. It is a tragedy that human beings are targeted whether it is when they go to synagogue or to a Batman movie, to school or to a country music concert, to work or to church. I grieve that we do not know how to identify or deal with the dangerously mentally ill among us. I am sickened by those whose first reaction to the tragedy on Saturday was a political one. Their hatred of President Trump informed their first reactions and suppressed their ability to respond with love to the families and friends of the victims.

I worry about the ease with which malevolent ideas are spread on social media and also about the dangers of tampering with the First Amendment. I fear that we are incapable of having reasoned discussion about so many topics that need to be faced, not in isolation and not with arrogance but in one far-reaching conversation, including but not limited to: guns, social media, violent video games, abortion and the devaluing of life, the entertainment industry, the press, education, politics, and the place of God and religion in society. The litany is almost endless, but each area affects all others.

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Tree of Life Shooting

October 28th, 2018 Posted by On Our Mind 3 comments

In observant Jewish households, Saturday night brings more breaking news than other nights of the week. The reason is simple. Since we turn off phones, computers and other technology as the sun sets on Friday night and Shabbat begins, we are out of touch with the greater world for 25 hours.

This past Saturday night followed a too-frequent pattern of holding the closing ceremony for the Sabbath and then quickly hearing of tragedy. This time is was a mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Eleven people, ranging in age from 54 to 97 died, while others were injured. 

Today, the correct response of all decent people is sorrow and prayer. Later this week, there will be time for more reflection.

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