Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Tree of Life

A small Venetian millefiori glass plate with the Tree of Life that I bought many years ago at the Jewish Museum here in New York.

Remembering today the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and holding them in my prayers after a gunman burst in and shot several people, killing at last count 11 people with an AK47 rifle.
This is the worst act of antisemitic violence in American history.

Remembering today also 2 people killed in front of a supermarket in Louisville, Kentucky after the gunman was prevented from breaking into an African American church to commit an even worse atrocity.

Grateful that none of the package bombs mailed to political leaders and celebrities went off.

And all of this is from only the past 3 days.

You can't spend the last 2 years advocating violence with violent rhetoric, and then pretend surprise when someone takes you literally and does something violent.

You can't publicly whine about loss of civility when your whole political agenda rests on a foundation of demonizing everyone outside of your charmed circle of ideology, race, religion, and class.

I dream of a world where such bloody outrages are unimaginable,
and where people no longer confuse Mutual Assured Destruction with peace.

ברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם, דיין האמת.
Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha'olam, dayan ha-emet
Blessed are you Lord, our God, King of the universe, the Judge of Truth.

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