I was planning to be there and am now waiting to get updates about the well-being of friends – names have not yet been released.
Who knows why and how this man’s soul became so tortured with this hatred of the so-called abomination. The only real abomination in this story is needless hatred.
The silence of rabbis and leaders that do not speak up against these forms of hatred are complicit in these horrors. My brother, Rabbi Benny Lau, spoke at the rally and called for dignity and acceptance for all. My cousin, Israeli Chief Rabbi David Lau, publicly condemned the attack. Those are good starts. We are privileged to have many bold and brave leaders speaking up against homophobia and violence.
But why must we wait for these recurring attacks for voices of tolerance and acceptance to speak up?
I hope that the Chief Rabbis of Israel and Jerusalem, as well as other leaders of the Orthodox and Ultra Orthodox community, will go visit the wounded in the hospital as soon as possible. Remember Princess Diana actually touching the hands of AIDS patients and changing the public discourse worldwide?
A full moon rises tonight, raising with it the ancient holiday of Tu B’av, dedicated to love. All sorts of love.
I pray that all those wounded in body and soul are healed softly and fast, and that pride, love, compassion and patience are further preached, talked and walked in Jerusalem. And in this way, I pray that Jerusalem can become a golden example of tolerance for the entire world.
May a roof of peace be spread over Jerusalem, Israel, and our entire world.