jlink
Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Jewish Link welcomes letters to the editor, which can be emailed to [email protected]
Letters may be edited for length, clarity and appropriateness. We do not welcome personal attacks or disrespectful language, and replies to letters through our website comment feed will not be posted online. We reserve the right to not print any letter.

In the wake of the horrific tragedy at the Christchurch mosque, the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and our network of local Jewish day schools offer our deepest condolences to our Muslim brothers and sisters. Our hearts and prayers are with the families and victims of this heinous massacre. We add our voices to other communities of faith and hope that this outpouring of support aids in the healing process.

We extend to you our compassion and true empathy. Unfortunately, the worldwide Jewish community has been the victim of acts of hate and bias. As recently as this past October in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, peaceful worshippers were the victim of a similar act of senseless violence

Our two communities share much, including a love of and value for life. Our Jewish tradition teaches us “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” (Mishnah, Sanhedrin 4:5) The Koran teaches, “Whoever saves a life, it is as if he had saved humankind entirely.” (Koran, Sura 5:32)

We are all people of faith, sons and daughters of Abraham, and we must work together to fight this cycle of violence. An act of violence against one community of faith is an attack on all communities of faith.

We mourn with you and pray the memories of the victims may be for a blessing.

Bruce Brafman, Jewish Community Relations Committee Chair
Ariella Noveck, Director,
Jewish Community Relations
Rabbi Tomer Ronen, Yeshivat He’Atid
Rabbi Saul Zucker, Ben Porat Yosef
Rabbi Eli Ciner, The Frisch School
Robert Smolen, Academies @ Gerrard Berman Day School
Rabbi Mordechai Shain, Lubavitch on the Palisades
Rivka Kahan, Ma’ayanot Yeshivah High School for Girls
Rabbi Daniel Alter, Moriah School of Englewood
Rabbi Chaim Hagler, Yeshivat Noam
Rabbi Daniel Price, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey
Ruth Gafni, Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County
Rabbi Asher Yablok, Torah Academy of Bergen County
Rabbi Jonathan Knapp, Yavneh Academy