This week we here in the Diaspora will read the Parsha of Acharei-Mot. The Torah deals with how to respond and move on from tragedy. In this instance it deals with Aharon Hakohein and his service in the Mishkan, "Acharei-Mot" - after the death of his two sons.
I fear we may be experiencing similar feelings after the events of last Shabbat in Poway, California. What should our response be after innocent Jews are targeted in their sacred places of worship? Pittsburgh then Poway - what is next? Is our Shul safe? Is this the new norm? Could this really be happening in the United States of America?
While I have no great wisdom on these topics, I encourage everyone to stand up in the face of hatred by defying those who would wish us dead. Let us stand together by worshipping together! If our enemies want to make our sanctuaries a place of fear, then we will do the exact opposite. We will show no fear and we will come out in numbers.
I look forward to seeing each and every one of you - men, women and children alike - in Shul this Shabbat as we figure out a way forward. Together. Always together!