Our hearts are heavy with sorrow learning of the massacre of our friends and family in Israel. The community will gather in solidarity and prayer, at Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley.
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Via Rabbi Yonatan Cohen and Maharat Victoria Sutton:
The news from Jerusalem
this morning breaks our hearts. The lives of four Jews were shattered in the
midst of their prayers - violently taken away from this world as they were
reciting the Amidah.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of
Rabbis Moshe Twersky, Arye Kupinsky and Kalmen Levin, all U.S. citizens, and R.
Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, who was English born. All four men bound their fate to
the land of Israel, joining Avraham Avinu's ancient journey to the promised
R. Moshe Twersky, the grandson of Rav Soloveitchik zt"l and the son
of R. Isadore Twersky zt"l, represents generations of Torah scholars and
community leaders who devoted their lives to our people - a devotion that is now
sealed with blood.
This morning we must also pause to pray for the
victims who are in critical condition:
חיים יחיאל בן מלכה
שמואל ירוחם בן ביילה
אברהם שמואל בן שיינה
אריה בן ברכה
Yicheil ben Malka
Eitan ben Sarah
Shmuel Yeruchum be Beila
Shmuel be Sheina
Aryeh ben Bracha
This evening, at 7 p.m., our CBI
Family will gather to recite Tehilim (Psalms) and learn Mishnah as an expression
of our profound sense of grief. Our learning of Mishnah will focus on teachings
related to the Amidah service. Maharat Victoria Sutton's weekly class will be
held right after at 8:00 pm and will also be dedicated to the memory of the
victim of this vicious attack.
May Hashem bring comfort to the families
of those who have been murdered and a Refuah Shleimah to those who have
been injured. As with the conclusion of the Amidah, we continue to pray for
God's blessing of peace.