A Jewish Response to the Pittsburgh Massacre

The Jewish people will not be intimidated. This Shabbat, show your Jewish pride.

The following remarks were delivered at the end of Rabbi Farhi’s talk given last Sunday at the J-Inspire Body and Soul Shabbat Retreat.

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Comments (6)

(5) Anonymous, November 9, 2018 4:47 AM

May we be all comforted....

Sincere condolences , we based in far flung Australia; our hearts go out to our fellow Jews.

I thought we would be comforted by stubbornly building up more Yiddishkeit and Torah study

(4) Bruce, November 5, 2018 10:12 AM

Get close

Krav Maga. I think that "Krav" is from "Karov", close.

Learn self defense. It is good for your health anyway, helps confidence.

If you can afford it, get a pistol. Train with it so you are not a danger to others. When you feel confident that you can eliminate a threat across a room and not hurt anyone else, carry the pistol with you (get a permit, it is not that difficult).

If you go for the pistol option, take Krav Maga classes anyway. Sometimes the threat is too close to shoot, it must be hit first. Always be aware of your surroundings.

(3) Jay Schiffres, November 2, 2018 10:22 PM

Inspired me

Yes Yes Yes. I will up the anti of my devotion to my people.

Thank you.

(2) Leon, November 1, 2018 4:37 PM

We must fight back

I do not know how feasible it is to do in the UK, but in the US in addition to what the Rabbi Farhi said, we should not let a terrorist (or terrorists) to kill us without a fight, and for that to happen we need to be prepared: ARMED and TRAINED.

Tight gun control laws do not help us, they only make us weaker. We cannot rely on police response - it takes too long. We cannot pay to 1-2 security personnel - they are unreliable.

We ALL need to be prepared for a fight. A simple rule might be: if you can learn how to drive a car, you can and should learn how to shoot a gun.

Nancy, November 5, 2018 1:22 PM

To commenter #2 Leon

Re: Learning how to fight back. Right now we do not HAVE tight gun control laws in this country. In fact, I would rather not even use the word control. Perhaps we can substitute the word control for common sense. You state that if one can learn how to drive a car, one can and should learn how to shoot a gun. I actually have known lots of accomplished adults who are unable to drive a car for a variety of reasons. We don't grant driver's licenses to people just because they ask for them. IMO, the same principle should hold true when it comes to buying a gun. Even Gabby Giffords advocated common sense gun usage/laws.

(1) Steve Dickheiser, November 1, 2018 4:21 PM

We have to remain strong and faithful

My Growing Jewish Pride

Being Jewish is something I never felt the need to hide...
Being Jewish helps me remember God is on all our side.
Along all roads I've traveled I always see Him narrow and wide.
He always wakes me with His reminders of my Jewish Pride.

In my discussions with those who aren't as we...
I remember they are with their own and their points of view I try to see.
It's really us we argue with if we stand against what we don't agree.
So understand first if the argument is worth your energy before you engage your spree.
Then to expect to be respected we must first offer what we want for us to be.

I remember my upbringing and how I was taught to always be fair...
And to show to all I, as we, should always really care.
To give the benefit of all doubt before we walk away on a dare.
If we don't treat all as we would want for us to be square,
We then show ourselves in doubt if not but in despair.

So I remember what it is that is most important and how I must abide...
To always be respectful, and its what's right, I hope, I will always decide.
If I want to receive what is blissful it is simple what I must show and provide.
That being what is given, and My Growing Jewish Pride.


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