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As news reports with more details came in from Tel Aviv last night, we are shocked and horrified at the sight of two gunmen, dressed as ultra-Orthodox Jews, who opened fire at diners in the Sarona Market. After decades of terrorism, we have seen an acute escalation in this past year with stabbings and violence using automobiles directed toward Israeli civilians.
We hoped these acts were receding and being prevented as a consequence of new Israeli security measures. We commend the Palestinians who urge their young people to put away their knives, knowing that violence will not end the conflict. However, this brazen shooting in the heart of Tel Aviv has introduced a renewed level of terrorism, sickeningly applauded by Hamas.
We call on the community of nations and all members of civil society to condemn this terrorist attack in the strongest terms and respond to it as they have to the terrorists attacks that have tragically taken place in Paris and Brussels, among others.
We mourn these victims and send our deepest condolences to their families. May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion.
Tomorrow evening, Erev Shabbat, a special Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi Nir Barkin, director of DOMIM – “ALIKE,” will take place at the שרונהמרקטתל- אביב– (Sarona Market) in Tel-Aviv at 6pm. If you are in Israel, we invite you to come pray, sing, welcome Shabbat and spread peace with us.
The resilience of our Israeli brothers and sisters never ceases to amaze and inspire us. The groups of teens and young people convened in the Sarona Market after the attack to hold vigils of light and share music to comfort the mourners and victims remind us all that we will not allow brutality to overshadow the quest for peaceful co-existence.
May the memories of Ido, Ilana, Michael, and Mila be for a blessing. Please say the names of the victims before the Mourner's Kaddish in your synagogues throughout the Jewish world, linking our hearts with those of their families and all of Am Yisrael.
We pray for the speedy recovery of the other 16 people wounded in this attack.
Rabbi John Rosove, ARZA Chair
Rabbi Joshua Weinberg, ARZA President
Jerusalem-based liturgist Alden Solovy wrote this four-prayer liturgy to be read in the wake of terror attacks. Visit ReformJudaism.org for more Israel-related content and prayers.