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Note from Rabbi Janice in response to terror attack in Jerusalem:
We share the grief of people around the world who condemn terror, and who are shocked at the brutal murder of innocents at prayer in Jerusalem today. This attack in a house of worship is a cowardly act of violence whose sole intent is to cause death and suffering. We mourn the death of Moshe Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky, Kalman Levine and Avraham Goldberg. May their families and loved ones be comforted among all those who mourn in Zion and Jerusalem. Jewish tradition directs us to the words of the Psalms in times of sorrow. "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray that all who love her will be well. May there be peace within her walls. Peace, peace, peace for Jerusalem" (excerpts from Psalm 122).
May the day come when we can beat swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks, a day of peace for all God's children.
Jerusalem: A Meditation (Revised)
You are mystery and wonder,
Secrets hidden and secrets revealed.
You are beauty in the hills
And holiness in stone.
City of Peace,
Why are you still besieged by nations?
Why are you held hostage from within?
What errant flight has the white dove taken?
What mission of love and mercy
Has drawn her away from her sacred home?
You are prayers and echoes,
Questions without answer,
Yearning and hope,
Radiance and splendor,
The heartbeat of generations.
You are my journey and my destination.
You are my dream
And you are my longing.
You are my joy
And you are my sorrow.
Will you be my consolation?
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