This afternoon as I sat with colleagues on a beautiful day here in Adelaide, I was devastated by the news out of Israel. Four people were brutally murdered as they sat in a Jerusalem shul praying the morning service.
I am sure that all of us are horrified by this brutal and horrifying attack in Jerusalem today. At times like this we must stand together in support of the bereaved families, and with Jews both in Israel and across the globe. There is never any justification for terrorism, and this attack on a Jerusalem synagogue is a hilul hashem, a desecration of Gods name.
At times like this I hope that all of us will pray for the families, and that one day this insanity will end. It is time that the people of Israel can live in peace, and no longer have to fear from terrorism, or attacks from their neighbors.
At the end of the Kaddish we pray the words, “Osey Shalom…. May the One who makes peace on the highest, bestow that peace on us, on Israel and on all the worls.”
Rabbi David A. Kunin