I woke up this morning to hearing my kids getting ready for school, arguing about what cartoon they would be watching if they get ready for school on time, and the usual kitchen banter. I randomly checked my facebook feed. Bad idea. My friend posted the most recent tragedy…a Har Nof synagogue had been attacked by terrorists. She was shaken by the tragedy. It was minutes from her own parents’ home. Although her parents were not there, it means that the tragedy came awfully close to loved ones.
Entering a house of worship brings the terror to a different level. These victims were praying; they were not protesting, rioting, or raising politically charged ideas. They were merely praying to G-d. Where is the logic in attacking them? How does this help the terrorists’ cause? Is it a message that “even when you pray you are not safe?” How have we come to this?
Are we all supposed to fear going to houses of worship now? I hope that the terrorists realize that it is an unlikely scenario. Most religious men and women pray three times a day. And, most attend synagogues, shtiblach, or makeshift quorums for those prayer times. Terror cannot end prayer. If anything, it will only increase the need for prayer.
The Fall rainy season has just begun here. Fall in the US or Europe is a time of leaves changing colors, and trees baring their empty branches. Here, in Israel, the Fall is a time of rain, and new growth. The fields, mountains, and hills are full of greenery, new flowers, and fauna. It is actually a time for change and rebirth.
Perhaps, during this painful Fall season, we can reflect upon our surroundings and realize that we need to make a change. We need to stop the violence. We need to be reborn. This country cannot remain a hot-bed of terror and violence. We owe it to our children, and to future generations, to end the pain. It is time to begin to heal. Now, it is up to us to figure out how to make this dream a reality.