When I recite the Friday evening prayers tonight, I will join with hundreds of American Reform Rabbis, who will recite Kadish [a special Jewish Aramaic prayer said for the dead] for the 49 Muslims murdered in attacks at two mosques in Christchurch. New Zealand.
The New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch were "well planned" and could "only be described as a terrorist attack”. She told reporters that suspects arrested had Islamophobic "extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and, in fact, no place in the world”.
The Kaddish is a Jewish prayer which exalts Al-Muhyi, Ha-Michayeh, The Giver of Life; precisely when we are faced with the despair of death. We must never give in to negativism and hate. One can only overcome death by living a better, kinder and more holy life.
My prayers will be with all Muslims who mourn these 49 victims.
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