Syn­a­gogue shoot­ing

The Idaho Statesman - - Opinion -

Rabbi Men­del Lif­shitz walked slowly up the syn­a­gogue isle of the Chabad Jewish Cen­ter, with a pause he looked out to his over­flow­ing Boise con­gre­ga­tion. His long sighs of an­guish searched for the right words.

“At times like these we must gather.” That Mon­day evening we did gather, to lis­ten, to feel a part of our hearts that were once again sad­dened.

Lift­ing us above the mo­ment, Rabbi Lif­shitz be­gan shar­ing a story, an Auschwitz story, where his grand­mother was dragged away to a death camp. There were no neigh­bors to help, their busi­nesses closed down, no po­lice to de­fend. “That was then, this is now, many stand be­hind us.”

“We Jews have been com­pared to an olive, when it is crushed, the best part comes out.” He added, “This is a time of ac­tion, we can write notes to the fam­i­lies ... the notes would be hand-de­liv­ered to the 11 fam­i­lies who live in Pitts­burgh, the place of bridges, the city of steel.”

Fol­low­ing my evening with the rabbi, I un­bend my thoughts of blame for his call to ac­tion, “find some­one who is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than you.”

– Jean­nine A. Smith, Boise

How ironic that some per­son so filled with hate would mur­der in­no­cent Jews when it was a Jew who sac­ri­ficed him­self for all peo­ple 2,000 years ago.

– Wal­ter Varnes, Nampa

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