For millennia, the Jewish people have been the canary in the coal mine. There’s never an off-season for anti-Semitism.[The Federalist] Shouting “all Jews must die,” a deranged 46-year-old male, armed with four guns and with nothing but evil in his chest cavity where a heart should be located, began firing upon the Tree of Life-Or L’simcha Synagogue congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The congregation was observing Shabbat and celebrating the naming of a newborn baby.
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The end result of the carnage left 11 dead and six wounded, four of whom are heroic police officers confronting the worst attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States. The murdered ranged in ages from 54 to 97, including a pair of brothers, and a married couple who received their nuptials at that very shul.
Coming off a week that appeared to conclude with the capture of the alleged sender of more than a dozen pipe bombs and other suspicious packages to prominent people and elected officials, Shabbat, the day of rest in the Jewish faith, should have provided a much-needed respite. I’m not linking these activities or perpetrators other than by the nature of their incivility and dastardly deeds, I’m saying we are at a tipping point in this country where discourse and the value and sanctity of life are concerned.
For millennia, the Jewish people have been the canary in the coal mine. There’s never an off-season for anti-Semitism. From centuries of enslavement in Egypt to the Spanish Inquisition, to pogroms in Russia and Poland, to the Holocaust, which witnessed the slaughter of six million innocents, the Jews–simply by worshiping differently, sometimes dining differently, even dressing differently–have chosen to live as G-d has commanded.
In the United States, where freedom reigns and the Jewish people have assimilated, anti-Semitic acts still account for the greatest number of bias crimes against any minority group. While few consider the Jewish people a minority group, the Jewish population in the United States is a little less than 2 percent of the population as a whole.
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