A response to the massacre in Nice

15 July 2016 – 9 Tammuz 5776

Rabbi Alexandra Wright
15 July 2016

Just over a week ago, we marked the eleventh anniversary of the July 7th bombings in London. That day is etched deeply forever in the memories of those who live and work in London, especially for those who lost members of their family and community, our fellow citizens, going about their daily lives.

Yesterday, on Bastille Day, more than 80 people were killed and many wounded in a violent act of destruction in Nice that follows a tragic litany of massacres and murders in France.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the people of France: to those who are bereaved, those who are wounded, whose losses will take years to heal, if at all. We mourn with those who mourn and pray for healing for those who have been hurt.

And we stand with the people of France and all those who suffer at the hands of the tyranny of terrorism.

May we, as Liberal Jews, learn from our Judaism, that we do not survive and live for ourselves alone, but for others – for their well-being and healing – for their hope and the hope of future generations to live in a world that can be healed from its madness and brutality, a world of tranquillity and peace.

  • Rabbi Alexandra Wright is co-chair of Liberal Judaism’s Rabbinic Conference. Click here to read her sermon on terrorism and the atrocities of the last two years.


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