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.