To My Jewish Brethren in Squirrel Hill

I feel there is a need for me to speak out against this terrible massacre. Many people would say that this is a part of the world and that there is nothing we can do about it. But I say that we must do, not just something, but everything, to make sure that something like this never happens again. But what can we do during such a tragedy?

I believe the first thing to do is to put aside our differences, for already I am seeing contradiction and conflict among my family members. For that is what we truly are. We are a family, and like all families we have our fights, disagreements, and personal opinions, but we must not forget that we are the children of Abraham and therefore need to stick together.

This fight about President Trump has to stop. This fight on gun control has to stop. This fight on religious beliefs and differences has to stop. And this fight on our political views has to stop. For we share something in common that is more important than all of that.

We share the same heritage coming from the same father and mother. A mother who passed away in this week’s Torah portion. Are we truly to fight at a time when we should be remembering the first of the matriarchs?

It is my prayer to G-d to bring strength to the Chosen People, to fight anti-Semitism, and to bring Moshiach so that we can truly be free of all hate.

I will fight hate,

David Rabinowitz