The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

It was with im­mense pride that I lis­tened, this erev Shabbat, to Rabbi Andrew Gold­smith at Alyth Syn­a­gogue. Not only did the rabbi ask ev­ery­one to keep the fam­i­lies of the four mur­der vic­tims in their thoughts and prayers but he named each of the de­ceased, in­clud­ing Mo­ham­mad Abu Khedeir.

For me, this brought into sharp fo­cus how our re­li­gion can be a civil­is­ing force against the ha­tred which so of­ten pre­vails. Surely, along with the right to re­side in Is­rael, there is also the re­quire­ment to en­act mod­ern Jewish val­ues and let go of the cy­cle of re­venge. John Cook, Ports­down Ave, NW11

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