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Tree of Life Rabbi "Wept" for New Zealand Victims

Jeffrey Myers knows all too well what the New Zealand victims are going through. It's why he's reaching out in sympathy and support to people a half a world away.


"I wept at the horror."

That's what Rabbi Jeffrey Myers wrote in his blog on the Tree of Life * Or L'Simcha website today. He wasn't writing about the massacre at his synagogue five months ago that claimed the lives of 11 worshippers. He was writing about the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand today that killed at least 49 faithful.

(Image: Tree of Life Facebook Page )

In a blog entitled "The Piece I Knew I Would Have to Write" Rabbi Myers said today's terrorist attack has caused him to relieve his "personal horror" of last October 27, but sadly he wasn't surprised that another house of worship had been victimized. "The question was never 'if,' only 'when'," the Rabbi wrote. While Myers acknowledged that there will always be people who result to "unfathomable violence" because of their "ignorance of the beliefs of their neighbors," he refuses to give up on the good.

"...we cannot, we must not, let the evil actions of a small number of people outweigh all of the good people that exist on this planet." Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, Tree of Life Synagogue

Myers said the most comforting thing to him since the massacre at Tree of Life has been the worldwide outpouring of support and love. He urged everyone to now reach out to their Islamic neighbors with messages of comfort and reassurance, as he says he has already done with his Muslim colleagues in Pittsburgh who publicly supported his congregation.

Myers ended his blog by writing that he prays "I don't have to write this column ever again."

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