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October 3, 2015 | 20th Tishrei 5776
Sept 11

Statement by Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie
Concerning Recent Acts of Terrorism

President, Union of American Hebrew Congregations
Sept 11, 2001

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The Union of American Hebrew Congregations mourns with America. We extend our profound sympathies to the families and friends of those who have been devastated by these despicable acts of murder. We offer our thanks to the thousands of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics who have risked their lives to save others.

This is a time for coming together as a country, and to support the President and our government as they seek to offer comfort to the bereaved, repair the damage, and find those responsible.

The Jewish community is especially sensitive to the scourge of terror. The intentional and indiscriminate killing of innocent human beings is an act of ultimate evil, a profound offense against God and humanity for which there can never be a rationale or justification. We know that the government will do everything within its power to locate the perpetrators of these acts and to hold them accountable.

At the same time, we urge all Americans not to form opinions until all facts are known, and to avoid blaming any group for the actions of individuals.

After today, we know that our lives in America will never be the same. In ways large and small, our world has irreparably changed. But we believe too in the resiliency of the American people, and that we will not permit these horrific acts of terror to dictate the character of American society. Our tradition teaches us the reality of evil but reminds us, too, of our ability to overcome evil, to affirm hope, and to achieve healing.

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