A hearse is parked outside the Beth Shalom Synagogue, where a funeral will be held for Joyce Feinberg.. (photo credit: REUTERS/JESSICA RESNICK-AULT)
WASHINGTON – Pittsburghers buried the last victim of a massacre that shook their city to its core on Friday, shortly before Jewish residents entered their first Shabbat in mourning.
The headline of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured the first words of the Jewish mourner’s kaddish, underscoring the city’s widespread grief over a shooting at a synagogue last weekend that killed 11 congregants.
The American Jewish Committee encouraged Jews and non-Jews across the country to “show up for Shabbat” over the weekend in a show of strength, fearlessness and solidarity with Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill victims. The social media campaign drew the attention of lawmakers and celebrities and brought thousands out to synagogues, some now guarded with cautionary layers of security.
Across America, leaders of both parties in Congress and candidates for office in Tuesday’s midterm elections went to local shuls. Lines formed outside of synagogues in the country’s largest cities. And the campaign spread overseas, from London and Brussels to Jerusalem, where local officials attended services in a gesture of support.
The Jewish Agency for Israel’s new chairman, Isaac Herzog, visited Pittsburgh this weekend to rally the community there. The agency coordinated last week with the Israel Trauma Coalition to send five grief specialists to Squirrel Hill in order to aid trauma victims.
Herzog has called for Jewish “unity” in the wake of the event, despite political differences within the Diaspora community, and called for “very firm action” in response to a spike in antisemitic incidents worldwide.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached out to Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who serves the synagogue that was targeted last weekend, with another message of support.
“I called Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life Synagogue to send once again my condolences to the bereaved families,” Netanyahu stated on Twitter, “and to express my appreciation for the dignified way that he has represented the Jewish community of Pittsburgh in the wake of this horrific attack on Jews.”
“I want to thank all the leaders in the United States and around the world who have condemned this horrendous antisemitic attack,” he continued, “and I want to thank President @realDonaldTrump for going with his family to pay their respects to the dead and to visit the wounded, and for his powerful statement that ‘those seeking their [the Jewish people’s] destruction– we will seek their destruction.’”
Trump responded forcefully to the massacre last weekend with condemnatory comments at a rally in Indianapolis. Later in the week, he visited Pittsburgh with his daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, both observant Orthodox Jews who reportedly guided the president through the crisis.
The Tree of Life shooter, Robert Bowers, pleaded not guilty in court to federal charges on Thursday and requested a trial by jury. He entered the synagogue last Saturday armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and several other weapons, declaring his intention to “kill all the Jews”.
He faces 44 charges, 32 of which are punishable by death.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei speaks following his election victory. Photo: Reuters/Jose Cabezas.
A prominent Guatemalan supporter of Israel who once said, “He who is Israel’s enemy is Guatemala’s enemy,” won the country’s presidential election with 58.5 percent of the vote, results on Monday confirmed.
Conservative candidate Alejandro Giammattei emerged victorious in the vote in the second round of elections on Sunday, beating his rival Sandra Torres, a former first lady.
Aerial view of containers at a loading terminal in the port of Hamburg, Germany August 1, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer.
German exports to Iran fell by nearly half in the first six months of 2019, data showed on Monday, suggesting companies are scaling back business ties with Tehran to avoid trouble with the United States after Washington reimposed sanctions.
Sales to Iran plunged by 48 percent to 678 million euros ($758.8 million) from January through June year-on-year, data from the Federal Statistics Office reviewed by Reutersshowed. Imports from Iran declined by 43 percent to nearly 110 million euros.
The New York Times logo. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
A New York Times editor is in trouble for what the Times calls repeated poor judgment on social media.
The editor, Jonathan Weisman, works in the Times Washington bureau with the title “deputy Washington editor” and is the author of the 2018 book (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in the Age Of Trump.
Canadian Observer to Post: Canada has niche capabilities to help in such a scenario.
“Mighty Waves,” the Navy’s large-scale multinational exercise simulating the aftermath of a major earthquake. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT)
The five-day, large-scale multinational exercise, with 10 foreign fleets off the Haifa coast simulating the aftermath of a major earthquake, has brought the Israel Navy to “another level” of preparedness.
Dubbed “Mighty Waves,” the drill saw the participation of hundreds of troops on six ships at sea. Five helicopters also took part in the exercise, which focused on the after-effects of a significant 7.5 earthquake that leaves thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.
A food market in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo: Dr. Avishai Teicher vis Wikimedia Commons.
CTech – Israel has a reputation for being the Startup Nation, but Marcelle Machluf, dean of biotechnology and food engineering at Technion Israel Institute of Technology, predicts that in coming years Israel will be known as the FoodTech Nation.
“Foodtech and biotech are two fields that are climbing to the top of the tech industry,” Machluf told Calcalist in a recent interview. “This push is happening for a reason.
Mass shootings are nothing new in the United States, but their sudden rise is ballooning into a shocking nationwide epidemic. Many blame a toxic political culture that is accentuating divisions rather than commonalities between Americans, and the ease in which Americans can access guns, including automatic assault rifles.
If Saturday’s horrifying terrorist attack in an El Paso Walmart had taken place in Jerusalem, leaving 22 Israelis dead, the killer would rot in jail knowing his family would be taken care of, paid every month by his government.
What, one has to ask, does Iran’s Islamic regime have to fear from the country’s Christians, Baha’is, Zoroastrians, Sufis, Sunni Muslims, or Jews? Yet its treatment of these minorities is so repressive that it seems not unreasonable to ask if the clerics might be afraid of what they consider challenges to their fantasy of pure Islamic identity.
The fate of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2017 executive order barring state contractors from participating in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is in the hands of a federal judge. The order violates First Amendment rights, a lawsuit filed by a former Maryland state legislator claims. wsuit.
This week my family and I have the privilege of celebrating two significant and interrelated milestones. We celebrate the 15th anniversary of our arrival in Israel, taking on citizenship and planting our roots firmly in our historic homeland. And we celebrate (yes, celebrate) the induction into the IDF of our oldest son.
When our youngest son was born in Jerusalem, we knew that he would serve in the army, an obligation and privilege as an Israeli Jew, pretty much as genetic as his actual DNA. But when our oldest son was born in N.J., we didn’t know this would be his destiny.