"Global Jewish Community Unites in Grief and Prayers for Peace During First Shabbat Services After Hamas Attack"



Jews from communities far from Israel gathered at a synagogue for their first Shabbat services since Hamas militants attacked Israel and war continued. Rabbis led peace prayers and shared their grief with the congregation, but security was tight at many synagogues. The deadly Hamas attack is more than just a geopolitical event for Jews, especially in Pittsburgh, the city that suffered the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history. It explains the reason.


Rabbi Daniel Ferman of Temple Sinai claimed that last year's Sabbath was the most murdered of Jews since the Holocaust. He urged his followers to sing and dance, ensuring that people all over the world could hear this prayer sung on this Sabbath. Ferman preached the Biblical story of Abel's first murder at the hands of his brother Cain and promoted the understanding that all people, including Jews, Christians, and Muslims, are brothers.


For Rabbi Seth Adelson of Pittsburgh's Congregation Beth Shalom, hearing news of the attack brought him closer to the nearby Tree of Life synagogue, which was attacked by gunmen on Oct. 27, 2018, and the three congregations he met there. It brought back traumatic memories of when 11 people were murdered. After the Pittsburgh synagogue attack, "we felt like the whole community was embracing us," but now many are "not feeling that embrace. We're a community that's really suffering." and do not feel supported.”


Police in the German capital Berlin have clearly increased security outside synagogues as believers flock to Shabbat prayers. The increased security measures are a response to global tensions caused by the Hamas attack and subsequent Israeli bombing of Gaza, and calls on social media for violent protests in front of Jewish facilities in Germany.

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