CHAIRMAN HASTINGS ON YOM KIPPUR SHOOTING OUTSIDE
 GERMAN SYNAGOGUE


By CHAIRMAN REP. ALCEE L. HASTINGS

I am heartbroken to hear about the shooting near a synagogue in Germany where Jewish worshippers gathered to observe Yom Kippur. I stand in solidarity with the two innocent lives lost and the families and worshippers who were impacted by this senseless act of violence and hatred. As we commemorate the one-year anniversary of Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy later this month, we must do more across borders to address these common challenges together.

Chairman Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe


'CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS APPALLED BY DISCRIMINATORY LEGISLATION PROPOSED IN SWEDEN


By ARTHUR STARK

We are appalled to learn that a political party in Sweden has proposed a ban on non-medical circumcision of infant boys. This proposal, put forward by members of Sweden’s minority Center Party, would be an outrageous violation of religious freedom and civil rights.

The Conference stands with Sweden’s Jewish Central Council in condemning this blatantly discriminatory legislation. We call on the government to reject this initiative quickly and absolutely.

Arthur Stark, Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations


CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS CONCERNED BY WITHDRAWAL OF US FORCES FROM SYRIA


By ARTHUR STARK

We are deeply concerned about the plight of the Kurdish population in Syria who have proven to be loyal allies in the fight against ISIS. We are also concerned about the perception that the US and the West do not stand by allies and will allow Turkish aggression. We are sending the wrong message at the wrong time when Turkey and Iran and their cohorts are pursuing their hegemonic goals.

 Arthur Stark, Chairman Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations


JCPA EXPRESSES GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE PLIGHT

OF THE KURDS

By MICHAEL FROMM

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) expresses its grave concern for the plight of the Kurds in the face of a Turkish military onslaught. It is unconscionable that this nation would desert our Kurdish allies, who have fought the battle against ISIS …  This brazen abandonment of a US ally will communicate to others that our country cannot be depended upon. It will make the world, and the US, a more dangerous place

Michael Fromm, Chair of JCPA


JEWISH LEADERS HORRIFIED BY YOM KIPPUR ATTACK IN

HALLE, GERMANY


By ARTHUR STARK

We are horrified and concerned by the anti-Jewish attack that occurred at the Halle synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, and offer our support to the local and national communities and our condolences to those who lost loved ones and pray for a speedy recovery for the injured. The perpetrator despicably chose the holiest day of the Jewish year to strike, and engaged in Holocaust denial in the moments leading up to the attack. We stand with Germany’s Jews in the wake of this tragedy and call on German law enforcement to be aggressive and vigilant in the fight against Jew-hatred in all it manifestations. This is yet another indication that anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, and it will take a coordinated effort to combat this growing crisis.

Arthur Stark, Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations



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                                   THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS
 
By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE
 
Many have watched the powerful television report of Brandt Jean's act of forgiveness toward Amber Guyger who killed his brother Botham Jean. The scene of him hugging her and extending forgiveness toward her has been replayed over and again and invoked a sundry of reactions from across the nation and the Texas community.
 
The former Dallas police officer Guyger testified that she shot her victim by mistake, in his own apartment while he was eating ice cream. She was sentenced to ten years in prison and many thought it would have been much longer.
 
Allison Jean, the mother of the brothers wrote on her Facebook page to her son Brandt, "Your load is lighter. Regardless of the views of the spectators, walk with G[-]d always. Forgiveness is for the forgiver and it doesn't matter what the forgiven does with it. "
 
From the Lancaster, PA community in 2006, comes the story of ten young schoolgirls killed in an Amish one room school.  On the afternoon of the killing an Amish grandfather expressed forgiveness toward the killer Charles Roberts. That same day Amish neighbors visited the Roberts family to comfort them. Later that week the Roberts family was invited to the funeral of one of the Amish girls who had been killed. Amish mourners would later outnumber the non-Amish at Charles Roberts' funeral. The story is told that the killer was tormented for nine years by the premature death of his young daughter. He never forgave G[-]d for her death. Yet, after he cold-bloodedly shot ten Amish schoolgirls, their families and friends almost immediately forgave him and showed compassion toward his family.
 
In 2015, from the historic Charleston, South Carolina Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, comes the story of forgiving relatives. One by one those who chose to speak at his trial did not turn to anger. Instead, while the killer Dylann Roof remained impassive, they offered him forgiveness and said they were praying for his soul, even as they described the pain of their losses. "I forgive you," Nadine Collier, the daughter of 70-year-old Ethel Lance, said at the hearing, her voice breaking with emotion. "You took something very precious from me. I will never talk to her again. I will never, hold her again. But I forgive you. And have mercy on your soul."
 
I don't know what I would do. I can't tell you what to do because I don't know what has happened to you.  It's between you, whoever and G[-]d and how you want to live your life. However, if you carry a lifelong load of hate, resentment and bitterness, it will wear you down.
 
The words of Jesus remind us from the Bible ... "For if you forgive men their trespasses your father in heaven will forgive you."  
 
Think about it. Is there someone you need to forgive?
    
Dr. Glenn Mollette, Washington, DC


STATEMENT FROM AGUDATH ISRAEL OF AMERICA ON YOM KIPPUR KILLING IN GERMANY


Jews emerged from Yom Kippur to the devastating news of yet another anti-Semitic attack, this one aimed at worshipers in a synagogue in the German town of Halle on the holiest day of the Jewish year.
 
Thankfully, the gunman, who apparently announced his hatred of Jews before the attack and live-streamed it for the "entertainment" of other right-wing radicals with similarly warped minds, didn’t gain access to the worshipers. But he still managed to turn his ugly rage at others in the area, killing two and wounding two.
 
Agudath Israel of America offers its condolences to the families of those murdered, and its prayers for the full and speedy recovery of those wounded.
 
We join in the expressions of outrage at this latest assault, and offer, too, our appreciation of the condemnations of the shootings from the UN Secretary-General and leaders of governments that quickly came in its wake. The European Parliament’s moment of silence at the start of its Wednesday session, as word of the attack was just coming in, is also worthy of praise.
 
This new anti-Semitic rampage, however, reiterates the pressing need for a determined international effort to identify murderous radicals and disrupt their plans, and for equally determined law enforcement efforts to protect Jewish sites across the globe.


Glenn Mollette, Washington D.C.


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Apple, Rabbi Dr. Raymond, Jerusalem, Israel, contributing columnist

Mollette, Glenn, Washington, D.C., contributing columnist

Reuben, Liz  editor

Sackett, Shmuel, contributing columnist

Sattath, Rabbi Noa, Jerusalem Israel, contributing

Teitelbaum, Israel, contributing columnist

Veltmeyer, James Dr., La Jolla, CA
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