Ohr Torah Stone expresses heartfelt condolences to the family of Lori Gilbert Kaye, murdered in yesterday’s attack on the Chabad of Poway while heroically shielding and saving the life of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein. Our thoughts and prayers are with the three injured victims and with all of our brothers and sisters in Poway at this time of devastation and tragedy.
Even after he was shot, Rabbi Goldstein made an impassioned call for unity and prayed for peace before being taken to hospital. Our response to terror is not one of vengeance but rather one which adds more light to the world through acts of kindness and charity, sensitivity, unity and mutual responsibility. Ohr Torah Stone has hundreds of shlichim throughout the Diaspora, including in San Diego, and we are very proud of the work they are doing on behalf of world Jewry and Jewish unity. The recent attacks on communities during times of worship have crossed three continents and three faith traditions – but we must continue to espouse one unified stand against the hatred.
“This is the fourth peaceful prayer service within the course of six months to be shattered by radicalized extremists. We must not allow this to become the new norm,” said
OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Kenneth Brander.
“Hatred can be defeated by unity and mutual responsibility, and in a world where the media plays such a dominant role and in which items can be disseminated with such ease and speed, we must demand of the media to exhibit this responsibility as well. We must demand that our media speak out against all forms of religious intolerance and display religious sensitivity toward all faiths. And we must demand that our media vigilantly refuse to print offensive, incendiary cartoons and editorials which spread intolerance and create an atmosphere in which intolerance and radicalization can thrive.”