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I know it is sort of expected of me to say/write something about the tragedy in Pittsburgh but I honestly don't have anything to say at the moment. I am envious of all those people who are able to eloquently compose their thoughts and provide solace and support, as for me, all I can think about at the moment are the close family and friends of the victims, as well as the local Pittsburgh Jewish community who are experiencing so much pain at the moment, their lives will be changed forever.

Ever since the terrorist attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai, my life has never really been the same, it changed everything. The terror, fear, questions and doubt are not something that can be easily overcome. It takes time. So my only thought is that this is a major long term event that doesn't require a quick response and a hot take. I will be taking the advice in Kohelet (7:2)

טוֹב לָלֶכֶת אֶל בֵּית אֵבֶל מִלֶּכֶת אֶל בֵּית מִשְׁתֶּה בַּאֲשֶׁר הוּא סוֹף כָּל הָאָדָם וְהַחַי יִתֵּן אֶל לִבּוֹ. It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for that is the end of every man, and the living shall take it to their heart.

Hopefully, in the coming weeks we will be able to talk, reflect and respond. But in the meantime, we who are living, must take it to heart.


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