Monday, April 14, 2014

The Longest Hatred--A Better Day and Peace

In the 1990's I bought a tape entitled "The Longest Hatred."  It was a documentary chronicling 2000 years of hatred and its child of violence that has been the story of the Jewish people for centuries.  We mourn our dead yet again and go on living.

The killing of three human beings, two at the Jewish Community Center in Kansas City and one woman at an assisted living center close by is but the latest in killings that have become so common place in this nation that so many here barely give it a second glance.

I give it a second glance, a third and ask the eternal question why.  I mourn those killed on the eve of Passover as I would mourn them at any time of the year.  In fact, I mourn all those innocents cut down by senseless hatred that runs so keep into the sinew of the bones of man.

I am a secular Jew but I will say, at the sedar table tonight, a special Kaddish prayer for the dead (and the living) not only for those who died in Kansas but for all those irrespective of race, religion or creed who are the victims of man's inhumanity toward his fellow man and, indeed, I will pray for a better day and peace!