Dear Friends of Israel, 

This week bore witness to the murder of innocent Israelis by way of a horrific terror attack in Tel-Aviv. We mourn the loss of those killed as we pray for the swift and full recovery of those injured. 

Those who were taken from us represented the very best of our country and they, of course, shall never be forgotten. 

In time, after this nation grieves once again, we shall rise up from this tragedy and we shall continue along our journey toward our destiny; that of a people in our land, that of a people that knows peace.

Perhaps we will have to do so alone. For while the envoys of various countries visited the site of the shooting, world leaders themselves generally sufficed with a statement of condemnation from afar. There was no parade of heads of State through the streets of Jerusalem such as that we witnessed in Paris in 2015. 

Friends in the coming hours, we shall welcome in not only Shabbat, but also the festival of Shavuot, the festival that marks the giving of the Torah to the people of Israel at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Our sages teach that we received the Torah as one; united, undivided, indivisible. Indeed we are taught that it was due to that very unity that we stood poised to receive our greatest gift of all - the book of our people. 

In the wake of the tragedy of this week, let us cleave to that lesson of unity once again, retold this weekend in synagogues throughout the world. It is my hope that as such, we may yet heal as one, find strength as one and resolve as one that we shall forever follow the path that leads toward the realization of our highest aspiration, toward which we continue to yearn and strain with every fibre of our beings; that of knowing Shalom Al Yisrael - Peace Over Israel. 

We shall arrive at those days friends. We shall do so, as one.  

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach



Benjamin Anthony                                Rozita Pnini