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The Cry from Uvalde!

Thursday, 26 May, 2022 - 10:28 pm

Children. They were innocent children.

We need to pause and mourn the horror of Uvalde, Texas. We need to ask ourselves the introspective question: How do we make our world healthier, safer, and saner? It’s not about what “someone else” will do, it’s about us. We need to come together, neighbors of all flavors, to have the complex conversations about weapons, mental health, video games, TV violence, school security. Above all, we need to mourn the loss of little kids whose crime was learning math and geography.

We know that we can do better.

In our Torah portion, Bechukosai, we read about the blessings and curses that come our way. Too often, we take the simplistic view, thinking that HaShem decides whether to curse or bless us, yet that isn’t exactly accurate. G-d says that I’ve given you choices, good and bad, healthy and unhealthy, positive and negative, and our choices define what our outcomes will look like. We decide what values to instill in our children, what they hear and see, what treatment they receive for their emotional/mental/spiritual/physical challenges and what we choose to ignore and “pay for” later.

I don’t have solutions for this American tragedy, but with a broken heart and deep inner ache I propose we revisit the Moment of Silence idea that the Rebbe of blessed memory spoke about, and pleaded for, in the 1980’s. Let’s give our kids in Montana and beyond a moment each morning to think about a Higher Power, not just sports and politics. We need to do better with our country’s spirituality, and we all need to do more about the mental health pandemic; enough is enough.

May G-d comfort Uvalde, Texas, and the United States of America!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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