IN THE WAKE OF TRAGEDY
Words cannot begin to express our sorrow over the lost of lives and the pain to those injured as the result of the senseless gun violence that occurred yesterday in Las Vegas. We are unable to comprehend how anyone can perpetrate such a heinous act.
Some have asked if Las Vegas is connected to racism, anti-Semitism, anti-US, anti-democratic, anti-Islamist, white supremist, or others who prey on fear and feed on hate and ignorance.
The simple answer is we do not know as of yet. All we know is that scores of innocent people have been murdered. Hundreds have been injured.
For now, let us not offer theories or jump to conclusions. And undoubtedly, this event will reignite a national conversation about gun violence. But let us not engage in that discussion today. Today, let us mourn those who have died and pray for those who are injured.
During Erev Shabbat services (Friday, October 6, 6:00 pm), we will pause for a moment of silence as we remember those who died. And we will pray for healing for those harmed or traumatized. Please join us then.