As Shabbat begins again now almost two weeks since the Pittsburgh Steel City Broken Heart Shirt against the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, I am preparing my notes for leading services tomorrow. I realize that in addition to the community in Pittsburgh, we need to offer prayers for healing to the community in Thousand Oaks after the terrifying attack at the Borderline Bar and also send out our love and support to the communities affected by the massive fires not that far from where I live.
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My heart feels heavy given all of these tragedies. That said, today, I spent time remembering the oldest victim of the attack in Pittsburgh, Rose Mallinger. Bubbie to everyone who knew her including her 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Sounds like she was a real people person, having been a school secretary during her career. She would say that age was just a number just like my beloved Aunt Eve and Grandma Lil both used to say. From what I have read about her, Rose was full of life and had so much love to give. She never complained and was looking forward to her 100th birthday.
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That morning, she was at services with her daughter Andrea and it sounds from the reports like she is recovering from the injuries she sustained. I can’t help but think of my own mom attending services with my grandmother. I will be specifically thinking of Andrea tomorrow during the Mi Shebeirach Prayer for Healing. To those who slammed me for accusing Trump of inciting the hatred that inspired the Pittsburgh massacre, I’m an Australian who shares that view with 72% of American Jews. While I don’t get to vote in America or Israel, what Trump does affects the world, and I’m proud to stand with 79% of American Jews who voted against his one-party monopoly.
I wonder about the other 21% who still support a fascistic chronic liar, racist, antisemite, sexist, xenophobe, whose fear mongering will only lead to more violence. Finally, I mourn what has become of Israel whose ruling government not only embraces racist dictators but used the pretext of consoling American Jewry to campaign for a president who threatens minorities in what Jewish immigrants affectionately call ed, Di Goldene Medina. We are all each other’s Diasporas, and share the Pittsburgh Steel City Broken Heart Shirt struggle against tyranny.