Pittsburgh and Jerusalem

“Do we stop everything or do we continue life? We continue living. This will not define us.”

By ILAN CHAIM
December 6, 2018 18:15
4 minute read.
Pittsburgh and Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump place stones on a memorial to the 11 shooting victims as they stand with Rabbi Jeffrey Myers outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, on October 30. (photo credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

 
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At a Sunday night vigil for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers told attendants, “My holy place has been defiled.” He spoke the bitter truth that terrorism defiles mankind, no matter where it strikes.

This was all the more poignant to me, as a Pittsburgh native who has lived for the past 46 years in Israel, where terrorists have murdered thousands of Israelis before this assault on an American synagogue. This latest antisemitic atrocity pointed out some of the differences in these two communities, but also the fears that Jews everywhere share.

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