‘We are one with Pitts­burgh’

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - OPINION -

Many of us re­act with near ter­ror with the news of each episode of vi­o­lence in our world. When vi­o­lence is close to home, feel­ings in­ten­sify.

As a re­sult of the events at the Tree of Life Sy­n­a­gogue, clar­ion calls for tol­er­ance, un­der­stand­ing, in­clu­sive­ness and wel­come have rung out. Or­ga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­ni­ties of good will, con­cerned with the com­mon good, have spo­ken out again.

Rabbi Deb­o­rah Wax­man, in a re­cent tele­vised in­ter­view, noted that none of us is safe un­til the most vul­ner­a­ble are safe. It’s al­ways the right time to cre­ate safe spa­ces, wel­com­ing spa­ces.

This can be in our own homes, in mar­ket­places, at work and schools, on high­ways and pub­lic trans­porta­tion. Think about it – it’s not that dif­fi­cult. Op­por­tu­ni­ties are usu­ally right in front of us.

Let us sup­port in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions com­mit­ted to non­vi­o­lence, peace and un­der­stand­ing. The He­brew scrip­ture reads, “Wis­dom is a Tree of Life for those who em­brace her” (Proverbs 3,18).

We are one with the Tree of Life Com­mu­nity in Pitts­burgh; we are all em­brac­ing the Tree of Life. The Divine Spirit dwells in this Tree.

— Sis­ter Rose­marie Greco, DW and Sis­ter Jo-Ann Ian­notti, OP, Daugh­ters of Wis­dom and the Do­mini­can Sis­ters of Hope, Litch­field

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