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Rabbi Dorsch's Statement on san diego

05/02/2019 02:36:52 PM


Rabbi Dan Dorsch

Dear Friends,

The Talmud teaches us that when a Jew hears about a fire breaking out in a home in his or her neighborhood, that one is not allowed to pray "may it not be my home." Why?

First, because we cannot pray for things that have already come to fruition. But second, because even if the fire did not occur in your home, it very well could have been yours: requiring us to empathize, show compassion, and share in the pain of loss together.

Many of you may know that my younger brother serves as a pulpit rabbi in a synagogue outside of San Diego. Following Pesach services, his community was held behind until it was clear there was no immediate threat to anyone's safety. Only six months after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, it feels like our house is on fire again. It may not have been our specific house this time, but San Diego reminds once again how interconnected the American Jewish community is to each other.

Foremost, our prayers this morning are with the community at the Chabad Synagogue of Poway in San Diego, California. We mourn the loss of Lori Kaye z"l, who had come to synagogue to say kaddish for her mother. We share in the grief of her family. We also pray for healing for the other three worshippers--Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Noya Dahan, and Almog Peretz--who were injured, and we ask God to provide them with a full and speedy recovery.

As a synagogue, please know that we continue to take our security very seriously, and remain vigilant about the safety of our congregants, students, staff, and guests at all times.

Every Pesach, we open the door for Elijah. May he come soon with news of love and redemption for the Jewish people, and assuage the pain of those who suffer in the face of this tragedy.


Rabbi Daniel Dorsch

Mon, June 1 2020 9 Sivan 5780