Wednesday, June 22, 2016


In the wake of the mass shootings in Orlando, it is appropriate to reflect upon what really matters. Throughout history, men/women, have acted in violent ways claiming to be an agent of G-d. The recent event involved a single gunman killing 49 and injuring 53 other people. Commentators may tell you that the name of the killer, his religion, the gender or sexual orientation of the victims matter. THEY DON"T! We, as fellow members of the human race, can never forget that our highest calling is to "love others as we love ourself."

The perpetrator of this horrendous act was someone's husband, someone's son, he was someone's neighbor! If we forget this irrefutable fact - he was a person - we divert our attention where it never needs to go. If we forget that each of the 49 killed and the 53 injured along with the countless of others who were witnesses or indirectly victimized - were/are people with dreams, aspirations, hopes, loves - we embroil ourselves in a tangential debate.