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Rabbi Message: February 28, 2017

From a colleague in Philadelphia, Miryam Klotz:

Last count was 539 headstones overturned.

We await news from the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia for how to help repair the cemetery. Meanwhile, prayers for the deceased and their families; funds being donated; vigils taking place; Mayor Kinney denouncing this act of hate. I am honestly still in shock from imagining how much intentional strength went into causing this damage. Yet, stronger than the sickening bewilderment at intentional cruelty is the strength of shared hearts, minds and muscles to right what was wronged and reveal the power of love in response to baseless hate.