posted November 14, 2015
In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris yesterday, our prayers and sympathy go to the families of the many innocent victims killed, as our prayers for healing go out to the many who were wounded. On this Shabbat, we pray for comfort for the bereaved and for strength and skill for the doctors and emergency personnel who assist those damaged by these immoral acts.
There is never justification for acts of terrorism, whether they occur in France, America, or Israel.
As Jews who are dedicated to the concept of justice being affirmed in the world, we also pray that the surviving perpetrators and planners of these murderous assaults may be brought to justice, and that further terror attacks will be thwarted.
We use the word “evil” too often in our society, but these acts of murder were generated by people acting from the worst impulses and truly focused on creating chaos and pain. That is evil by any definition.
Human beings all possess two impulses, one for good, and one for evil, the Yetzer Tov and the Yetzer haRa. Morality and civilization are the results of each of us individually, and all of us collectively, using good to control and prevent evil from flourishing.
May it be our will to address these movements and their leaders with courage and fortitude, and may we have the determination to create a world in which such attacks may be prevented by firm, proactive commitments by all civilized nations and people.