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Pittsburgh Jewish leaders to Trump: You’re not welcome here:

“Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted,” the group wrote. “You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.”

This. This. So much this.

Anyone who says the deaths of eleven Jews in Pittsburgh should not be politicized hasn’t been paying attention. Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric and incitement to violence have DIRECTLY caused this shit.

And to anyone who voted for him, supported him, or stood idly while he stirred the pot: This is on you, too.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are setting a good example on how, in the wake of tragedy, actions speak louder than words. Much respect.

“The team announced on Sunday that it would hold a blood drive on Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and would cancel its annual Halloween-themed festivities at Tuesday’s game, instead opting to hold a collection to benefit the victims of the shooting.

The team’s charitable arm, the Penguins Foundation, will also make two donations of $25,000 to support the victims of Saturday’s attack, the team announced Sunday afternoon.

One payment will go toward the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, while the other will establish a fund to benefit the four police officers wounded in the shooting.”

That’s how you support a community in a time of tragedy: Less talk, more action. Good on them.

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On empathy, tragedy, and the eleven victims of the Pittsburgh shooting

10.28.2018

Reading the obituaries of the 11 murdered victims in the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting and all I can keep thinking about is how these people sound so familiar. Richard Gottfried was a dentist around my parents’ age. He ran a 10km race every year. He also had a nephew in BBYO, the same youth organization I […]

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Trump fans: Yes, this is your fault

10.28.2018

This piece in The Atlantic makes the direct link between Trump’s anti-migrant hysteria and the shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue that left eleven people dead yesterday: Before committing the Tree of Life massacre, the shooter, who blamed Jews for the caravan of “invaders” and who raged about it on social media, made it clear that […]

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Pittsburgh shooting: Actions, not words

10.27.2018

If you’re struggling to make sense of the horrific violence of today’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, a few thoughts: Judaism has never really been a “thoughts and prayers” kind of religion. It’s an action religion. Judaism teaches that we are all judged by the way we behave towards our fellow human brings, and the things we […]

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We minorities are in this together

10.27.2018

More than ever, we need to stop petty squabbling between minority groups, and unite together to fight hatred, xenophobia, and white supremacy. This shit’s only gonna get worse before it gets better. An article in the Forward reminds us that we can’t focus on attacking one another when this is our collective fight: American Jewish […]

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Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

10.27.2018

Four thoughts on this morning’s shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue: 1. Of course it was a hate crime. 2. Yes, Trump incited it. 3. We’ve seen this before. 4. It’s gonna get worse. Much worse. We Jews are sick of being the canary in the coal mine. We have lots of experience at it. 2,000+ […]

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