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Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy

The letter sent to the Tree of Life Congregation from Appamada Sangha

11/01/18 06:10:pm

Following the shocking news of the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pennsylvania, Appamada sends the following letter to the congregation:

Dear Members of Tree of Life Congregation,

We struggle to imagine what it is like to practice your faith under constant threat and danger. We support and admire your steadfast care for those who are displaced throughout the world. The assault on your congregation is incomprehensible. Although we are from a different tradition, an attack on anyone for practicing their religion is a terrible blow to our shared freedom to worship, pray, and practice our faith peacefully, the freedom that has been guaranteed under our Constitution. Our nation sadly still struggles to live up to that noble ideal. We are with you in shock and sorrow. 

Please know that we share your grief in the tragedy you have experienced. We know that your spiritual tradition has a long history enduring hatred and violence. We offer our heartfelt condolences to all who have suffered from the attack perpetrated on the people of your synagogue, their friends and their families, and the congregation itself in this latest loss. May your hearts be comforted. We stand united with your congregation and with all people who wish to create a wiser, kinder, more just, and more tolerant world. 

In shared commitment to this aspiration,

Appamada Sangha

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