Tag: Judaism

Synagogue shooting in California leaves 1 dead

A synagogue just outside of San Diego was attacked yesterday. Lori Gilbert-Kaye, aged 60, died in the attack. Three others were wounded including rabbi Yisroel Goldstein.

A 19 year old has been arrested for the shooting. He’s also being investigated for possibly setting a mosque on fire in the neighboring community. The suspect did not have a criminal record or any known ties to white supremacist groups. During the shooting, an off-duty border patrol agent returned fire. The suspect fled and was eventually pulled over and arrested without incident.

Another tragedy and senseless act of hatred and violence.

Shattered peace: 80th anniversary of Nazi’s “Night of Broken Glass”

From National Holocaust Memorial Museum
From National Holocaust Memorial Museum

Throughout Germany and Austria, riots broke out on this night 80 years ago in a night which is infamously referred to as Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, after the destruction done to Jewish businesses and properties.

At least 91 Jewish people were killed; 30,000 men were arrested; hundreds of businesses were damaged or destroyed. Nearly every synagogue in Germany or Austria was damaged or destroyed.

Sunday to Friday: “Save us!” to “Crucify!”

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Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons – Ben Stassen

Originally published March 20, 2016

Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey. It’s a festive scene. Passover week, one of the most significant holidays in the Jewish calendar. Jesus has been preaching throughout the region of Galilee. He has built up quite the following: teaching on the kingdom of heaven and performing miracles.

And here he enters the holy city, the crowds shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9). Palm branches had become a Jewish symbol of victory and the crowds bring these branches out as they chant. The processional they created was somewhat makeshift, but it had kingly overtones. They’re treating him like someone who was returning to Jerusalem after having conquered an enemy. Ironically, he was coming into Jerusalem to conquer sin.

Sunday to Friday: Save us! To Crucify!

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Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons – Ben Stassen

Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey. It’s a festive scene. Passover week, one of the most significant holidays in the Jewish calendar. Jesus has been preaching throughout the region of Galilee. He has built up quite the following: teaching on the kingdom of heaven and performing miracles.

And here he enters the holy city, the crowds shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9). Palm branches had become a Jewish symbol of victory and the crowds bring these branches out as they chant. The processional they created was somewhat makeshift, but it had kingly overtones. They’re treating him like someone who was returning to Jerusalem after having conquered an enemy. Ironically, he was coming into Jerusalem to conquer sin.