My daughter celebrated her bat mitzvah on October 27, 2018. It was a day of joyous celebration as she chanted from the Torah and provided her dvar Torah, her commentary on the ethics of the binding and near sacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham.
At the same time, the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was celebrating the beginning of life with a bris, the ritual circumcision that brings a child into the community, and that also dates back to Abraham and Isaac. However, their joy was cut short; the service ended in mayhem as a man opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle and 3 handguns, killing 11 congregants and wounding 6 others.
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Fleegler E. Mass Shootings and the Numbing of America. JAMA Intern Med. Published online April 01, 2019179(5):610–611. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.0578
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