Oy, how it truly hurts so very much. Mamash pierces the heart. They are our dear brothers and sisters, beloved Jewish brethren in the midst of Shabbos morning prayer-- and their lives were taken suddenly and ruthlessly by a rabid antisemite who unleashed his despicable hatred upon these precious, innocent victims. It is a time to cry, to shed heartfelt tears for a synagogue in Pittsburgh and, indeed, all of Am Yisroel. We must never forget this atrocity, claimed by many to be the worst massacre against Jews in this country-- and we surely never will...
It must also serve as a crucial wake-up call for us all. We will shed those bitter tears, we will continue saying Tehillim- b'lev vi'nefesh- for the families of the victims and the injured, and we will each commit to take something upon ourselves: a little kabbalah that will help us become better people, better Jews, and help guarantee that we never, ever forget the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and the calamity that befell our brethren the Shabbos of parshas Vayeira.
Nistarim Darchei Hashem. There simply are no words, no explanation, nothing that can console us at this painful time. The intensity of the tza'ar is still too raw, too fresh, too shocking... Only HaKB"H can bring us a true, meaningful, and ever-lasting nechama, and אי"ה He will in the near future. We must put all our hope and faith in the Ribbono Shel Olam Who is clearly leading us ever closer to the final geulah בב"א.
Regarding the upcoming days:
- I humbly request that an extra kappitel Tehillim be recited after each minyan this week - Tehillim #121 (in addition to #130)-- to daven for a refuah shi'leima for the injured and for Rachamei Shamayim to bring a nechama to the families of the victims.
- My shiur Sunday night between Mincha and Maariv will focus on the tragedy and how we react and try to move forward in light of such a horror. After Maariv, we will recite together several chapters of Tehillim.
- We have already begun discussing crucial steps that must, and will אי"ה, be taken to enhance the security measures already in place in the Shul. We are moving forward expeditiously to get a thorough assessment of what steps must be taken henceforth to elevate our security to the appropriate levels. We are most certainly prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect our dear members and mispallelim to the very best of our ability. All with tremendous Siyata Dishmaya...
I'mahem a'nachnu b'tzara. We will continue to do our utmost to feel their pain and anguish, to cry and daven along with the beautiful people of Pittsburgh and all of Klal Yisroel, and HaKB"H will see our sincere tears and immense pain and IY"H bring an end to all suffering once and for all bi'karov mamash. Mashiach is closer than ever...
Crying out with you in pain, mei'omek li'bi, and wishing Jews the world over only Kol Tuv always,
ה' ינקום דמם
R' Eytan Feiner