As Jews prepare for Passover, our community has been hauled into the violence that plagues our nation. At this moment we don't know for certain if today's murders were aimed exclusively at Jews, but it certainly feels that way. But in a larger sense, we have been victimized by the random, hate-filled violence that steals lives and futures in this country daily.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that this hateful attack occurs at Passover. It certainly threatens our sense of security and multiples the fear that we are persecuted. I wish, however, that you could receive the loving calls I am receiving from friends and clergy all over the wider metropolitan area and indeed around the world. Our neighbors: Jews, Christians and Muslims are outraged that senseless murder would be aimed at our community. We live among friends, and that is very different from Pharaoh's Egypt, Nazi Germany, or any other place in which Jews have suffered persecution. We are being singled out, but in a larger sense we are not, because this is no longer a unique act of terror. Rather, the scourge of wanton violence threatens us all; and those who hate as a way of life must be rooted out, isolated and punished.
Our prayers are with the victims and their families. They must be our main concern; as well as those who feel threatened by random violence. Today demonstrates that any of us could be singled out, and therefore we are a single people that should be united in our conviction that we will not tolerate the hatred that murders innocent people and tears at the body of our nation.
--Rabbi Mark H. Levin, DHL