Why do bad things happen to good people? I don’t have an answer to this, although I am constantly seeking one. Three innocent people were just killed in a Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium. Two of which, according to HaAretz, may be Israeli. Six innocent people were killed hours later in Santa Barbara, CA, some of the names released were of young Jewish women. Unfortunately, these events are no longer shocking; they are the disturbing reality of today’s world.
CNN reportsÂ on Brussels:Â “The circumstances of the shooting have raised suspicions that it may have been an anti-Semitic attack, but no motive has been determined.”
When Jews worldwide are tortured, mistreated, and killed for no reason other than their faith, it’s safe to say these acts are anti-Semitic. The Jerusalem Post says it better than I can. But why do these terrorist acts occur so frequently? Why are Jews targeted this way? Are we so terrible and awful? I don’t think we’re so bad at all. I’m Jewish and proud, and can’t imagine living life feeling any other way.
Life in Los Angeles allows me to live this way (although I personally have experienced anti-semitism when living in Arizona and North Carolina, and know friends who’ve experienced it right here in Los Angeles). My heart hurts and my mind can’t comprehend how people can be so evil.
Henry Goodman, Brussels’ Jewish Community Center President, responds: “They are not going to silence us. … We are going to survive and fight.”
If Jews around the globe would feel more of a sense of unity, more of a feeling of oneness, would we be stronger? I believe the answer is a solidÂ yes!Â But what needs to happen for us to unite? We hear saddening and maddening news, then continue with our lives. I propose that it’s each and every Jew’s responsibility – and privilege – to connect with and help other Jews whenever possible. Maybe this way, we can truly shed a light unto other nations as we unite.
My prayers go out to Brussels, Santa Barbara, and the world.Â Hug and kiss your loved ones, because this precious life can be taken from any of us at any time.
Friends, let’s take extra care to be kind to ourselves and others. Even though during times like these we feel helpless, remember there’s so much we can do to make this wild world a better place.