THANK YOU to all who organized and participated in last Thursday’s memorial gathering at Chatham Synagogue Netivot Torah. In the midst of a heated political campaign season and with all the other distractions of our lives, you remind us of the need for reflection, contemplation and community in the wake of tragic events.
It would be comforting to believe that as citizens or simply human beings we will learn from an event so horrifying and brutal as the murders at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. But our track record for addressing this type of violence–gun violence–suggests that revulsion does not necessarily turn into action.
All of us are or will be familiar with grief in some form. It is as much a part of life as consciousness itself. Now, our grief is leavened by fear or at least the apprehension that we’re vulnerable to the same type of fearsome acts against us or our loved ones or colleagues… the list goes on as far as imagination takes us.
But your presence at the gathering, or for our readers, your willingness to pause for a moment over David Lee’s photo of the event, perhaps seeing someone you know, all of it whispers that despite the uncertainties surrounding us, your collective presence in that room is reason for hope.
Again, thank you all for your example.