Tribute to Pittsburgh Tree of Life
On the tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, October 27, 2018
Our tears flow...
Thank you to Or Zarua, Old Haverford Friends, H-Can, the Haverford Police, neighbors, and dear friends for gathering in prayer, song, teaching, silence, sharing at Old Haverford Friends Meeting House to honor those who perished.
Send a clear message that attacks like the massacre at Tree of Life can never happen again — not to Jews or to anyone else.
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AGAIN – by Rabbi Shelly Barnathan
Following the shooting at Eytz Chayim synagogue – Pittsburgh, Shabbat, October 27, 2018
Hearts broken, lives ended,
Families shattered… Where will it end?
Where is the respect for human life?
Aren’t we all created
B’tzelem Elohim? - in the image of
When will it end?
Our hearts bleed…
And what about those innocent hearts
Stopped so tragically, so suddenly…
Innocents… living life… praying, celebrating Shabbat
Naming a new baby…
The wounded, the brave..
Innocent victims of terrorism
Innocent victims of hatred
When will it end? How will it end?
So much sorrow, there is a cry in our throats
That asks – What can we do?
Where is my voice in making change?
Where are my actions in making change?
What can I do?
We are shocked, we cry, we mourn,
Then we respond with our voices, with our deeds, with our actions…
Let us reflect both on the horror and the pain
Let us cry our tears and feel our outrage
And then let us pause in silence to hear, from our deepest souls,
What can I do to bring change to this world,
To this broken world so in need of healing?
Let us speak out, let us act, let us prevail upon our lawmakers...
As Jews United for Justice calls out,
“We cannot afford to retreat to the convenience of feeling overwhelmed.”
Mourn, pray, hug, write, march, call. Speak up, speak out, donate, unite, VOTE.
In loving memory of:
May their memories be a blessing.
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May we build a world of lovingkindness.
Standing and acting for peace,
With gratitude for your love, care, and commitment to inclusion, acceptance, understanding and peace -
Rabbi Shelly Barnathan