Saturday, May 30, 2020

“God Isn’t Fixing This.”

That was the controversial front-page headline of the New York Daily News a week ago.

The theme of the message was to take on largely Republican presidential candidates who urge Americans to keep the families and victims of terrorism in our prayers.

Our question: Why shouldn’t we keep the victims of terrorism in our prayers? As Jews, our prayers are the spiritual oxygen we breathe. Often, we recite various chapters of Tehillim to bring healing to a community member who is seriously ill, or for Hashem’s protection and favor for our brothers and sisters in Israel, or even for those in the IDF who protect our Holy Land. Prayer brings us together as a community. The words we pray have been written by our sages and have been passed down through generations. These are words that connect us, that give us hope and bind us to Hashem and to one another as a people.

We’re not being partisan here by any means, but after listening to President Barack Obama’s Sunday-night speech on terrorism and the safety of the U.S. homeland, we can think of nothing better than to keep praying.

When innocents are killed by the gunfire of hatred, it’s not about tighter gun control. Radicalized terrorists are going to achieve their grisly mission until we as a nation learn to flag who they are and stop any aspirations of gun ownership they have. Honest Americans who own guns should not in any way be lumped in with terrorists. The San Bernardino killers would have found a way to kill somehow, some way. That we didn’t know they were radicalized killers living in our neighborhood suggests that we face a bigger problem of identification of people who would kill.

Perhaps the headline better suited should have read “Obama Isn’t Fixing This.”

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