The chief Rabbi called on Jews to pray for the victims of the shooting in Pittsburgh

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in photobunny Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar at the VI world Congress of Russian compatriots living abroad. 31 October 2018The chief Rabbi called on Jews to pray for the victims of the shooting in Pittsburgh© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase the image Bank

Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar urged the Jewish community to dedicate the Sabbath prayer in memory of the victims of the attack on the synagogue in the American Pittsburgh.

The attack on the synagogue in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) occurred on the morning of 27 October, when there were people at the ceremony. According to media reports, the shooter entered the building and shouting anti-Semitic slogans and began firing. When the police arrived, a gun battle ensued. The attacker later surrendered to police. In the result 11 people died, six others, including four policemen, were injured

«I accidentally said that we pray now for every Jew. After all, Pittsburgh is a terrorist has committed a crime not only against members of the local synagogue. He shouted that «all Jews must die» — that is, not only he fired at innocent people, but also encouraged others to kill our people! What should be our response? Clearly, not revenge. In our belief there is no such thing as revenge. The Torah forbids to personally avenge wrongs: the right of trial and punishment of such offenders belongs exclusively to God. Believe that God is punishing them how to any person not under force. And our task – to give a balanced response to the crime itself: the answer that will make us stronger and the world a better place», — quotes the words of Rabbi Lazar’s press service.

The answer, he said, should be: «the next Sabbath to come into the nearest synagogue and pray.» This, he explained, can be done on Friday evening, after the Sabbath, or Saturday during morning prayers and Torah reading.

«So let’s get together on Saturday in the synagogues to pray for victims and ask God to make more of these tragedies was not. Our goodness will overcome their evil! Let’s show our enemies that we’re not broken, are not scared and will not deviate from our values. We will continue to bring light to this world» — called chief Rabbi of Russia.