As Jews around the world prepare to celebrate Passover tonight, hearts and minds are heavy. And this week of April will add a new tragedy to its list of anniversaries: Columbine, Virginia Tech, Kansas City.
But the targeted locations — a Jewish Community Center and a Jewish Retirement Home — and an attack fueled by racism and anti-semitism don’t mean that only some of us need worry. Two of the victims were not Jewish, just folks who came to participate in an activity at a place open to and serving an entire community.
Already it is clear that at least two major forces were at play in Kansas City: the shooter was filled with hate and he had access to guns, despite a serious criminal history involving hate crimes, firearms and other weapons.
None of us are safe until all of us are safe. We all have the right to go to school, to the store, to the movies, to church free from the threats of violence and danger. We must work together to protect that right and to restore our freedom to live in safety and peace.
Passover and Easter mark transformative moments of hope, renewal, awakening. They tell stories of people building into movements and nations. As you celebrate with your family, please commit to help rebuild our nation — into a land where we can live, work, play and pray in freedom and safety. There is so much work to do, but together we can accomplish great things.