JFFS Updates: October 2, 2015



Yesterday’s unspeakable crimes in Oregon and Israel have left us heartbroken for the victims, their families and friends, and their entire communities. The teacher and 8 students killed at Umpqua Community College in Roseberg, Oregon, exemplified the best of the American work ethic as they strived for a better future. The bright lights of Rabbi Eitam and Na'ama Henkin – he a revered teacher and she a talented graphic artist – were tragically taken in a brutal murder in the West Bank, in the presence their four young children.

As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks so eloquently wrote in a D’var Torah earlier today: Sukkot tells us that life is vulnerable, yet it is all we have. We may be mere breath but it is God’s breath and it is sacred. The day will come when the world will see that the will to life must defeat the will to power if we are to survive at all, our humanity intact. Only when this happens will there be peace in the Middle East. Only when this happens will the children of the world have a future of hope.”

As a compassionate community of rational people, we struggle to understand actions that are merciless and irrational. For now, we can only encircle the bereaved in our prayers. May their memories all be a blessing.


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