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A Time of Mourning - Pittsburgh and Tree of Life

A Time of Mourning - Pittsburgh and Tree of Life

Oct 27, 2018

Needless to say, this Shabbat has been a very sad day. As we sat in services this morning, we reflected on the tragedy at Tree of Life in Pittsburgh and the precariousness of civility and respect for life in our country.

I was born in Pittsburgh and, although I was young when I left, I know the building and the scene. Every community that has been touched by violence finds itself saying, "I never thought it would happen here." and, thus, Tree of Life members are saying that. For us, as Jews, it raises all of the feelings and issues that have permeated our history.

Therefore, it would be good for us to come together to remember those whose lives were taken, to seek healing for those injured and for those whose lives have been deeply touched by this tragedy. We would also want  to express gratitude for the first responders who put their lives on the line to protect the community and capture the perpetrator.

I invite you to join me in our sanctuary tomorrow morning, Sunday, at 9:30 a.m. to reflect and look to each other for support and comfort. It is time for us to be together.

May this coming week be sweet for us and may we find comfort in the midst of our sadness.

Rabbi Ted Feldman