Racism in America.
(photo credit: PEPE FAINBERG)
It is bitterly ironic that the worst occurrence of murderous antisemitism ever in the United States took place in a synagogue called the Tree of Life. There, instead of life, the worshipers found death. It is also ironic that this took place on the Shabbat when the Torah portion of Vayera was to be read – although it never was at the Tree of Life – because in that portion the Lord says that Abraham “is to become a great and populous nation and all the nations of the world are to bless themselves by him” (Genesis 18:19). Later in that same portion that idea is repeated, “All the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants…” (Genesis 22:18). Instead of blessings, what was heard that fateful day was curses, cries to kill Jews – all the Jews.
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