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What happened when an Orthodox Jewish congregation went to a gay bar to mourn Orlando

“What happened when an Orthodox Jewish congregation went to a gay bar to mourn Orlando” By Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

“I learned that when a rabbi and members of an Orthodox synagogue walk into a gay African American bar, it is not the opening line of a joke but an opportunity to connect; it is an opportunity to break down barriers and come together as one; it is an opportunity to learn that if we are going to survive, we all need each other.”

Opinion | What happened when an Orthodox Jewish congregation went to a gay bar to mourn Orlando

When our synagogue heard about the horrific tragedy that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, it was at the same time that we were celebrating our festival of Shavuot, which celebrates God’s giving of the Torah. As Orthodox Jews, we don’t travel or use the Internet on the Sabbath or on holidays, such as Shavuot.

Admit it Ororo– aren’t there times you wish you were “normal”? -Honestly…? No. Not for a moment Not once. #Storm #Xmen #LGBT #Black #AfricanAmerican #African shared by @fairforpresident

Admit it Ororo– aren’t there times you wish you were “normal”? -Honestly…? No. Not for a moment Not once. #Storm #Xmen #LGBT #Black #AfricanAmerican #African shared by @fairforpresident http://bit.ly/25Ysgrg

Orlando

My middle name’s Orlando. Massacres are horrible, and evenmoreso when you realize it’s not geographic, it’s topical. This sadness and devastation is not all right.

This can happen not because some evil person is allowed access to an arsenal, but because our culture is OK with that evil person killing any and everyone. Doesn’t matter where, just why. I thought it was anyone that isn’t the majority, that Charleston because they’re black and Orlando because they’re LGBT; but Aurora, Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech…nope. I see photographs of guys and gals who look just like me. They literally look just like me, and you too. …But, doesn’t every tragedy? It’s a shade of difference when you know people just like you were targeted for not just a shared interest but because of who they are. Anywhere in this country. So what do our leaders say? What drives their every decision?

Our government and our people don’t just want every American the liberty of gun ownership, they want every American, no matter who they are, as long as they are able to get away with it, to have an arsenal if they want. If a single person with a pistol or a bomb or a knife wasn’t concerning enough, now this tragedy is part of the lexicon. The papers aren’t talking about mental health, morals or religious extremism…not truly. The underlining factor is that these tools of mass-murder are readily available in addition to those topics. Little controls, little policing, little funding, and little fear.

The biggest shame? It won’t be until people of influence are gunned down for policies to change. I don’t want that. I want as many lives to be safe, untouched, and cherished. Yet in the meantime, all I can hope is that it’s not you or me that’s next. Prevention isn’t stopping the deadliest massacre nor the smallest homicide. Our law enforcement are ardent but need political change and civic support. This is why we must live our lives to the happiest; that we can enjoy all that God gives us while we have the liberty and luxury in this world.

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