I’ve been to Shabbat services hundreds of times so I can envision exactly what the Pittsburgh congregants were doing when the murderer came for them. Although I’ve never been to Tree of Life I am intimately familiar with the setting, with the clothing worn, with the rhythm of Shabbat morning services, with the different areas of a synagogue one could race to in an emergency. And so this violence feels like — because it is — an explicit attack on my people, my community…on me.
This article appeared in the Times of Israel on November 1, 2018. You can read it on the TOI website here.
We all know that first impressions are essential. Which is why I have a particular complication. I frequently lead Birthright Israel trips, and my participants first encounter me at three in the morning at the airport in San Francisco. They are bleary-eyed, anxious, and wary of traveling with forty people they don’t know.
This article appeared in the Times of Israel on August 1, 2018. You can read it on the TOI website here.