There is not much that we can say about the deaths of the three teenagers kidnapped and murdered that can add to the discussion.
It is a nightmare from which there is no awakening. It betrays the most perverse and degraded understanding of the importance of human life. It is evil. There should be no room in the world for such perversion.
We are left nearly speechless in its wake. Speechless and devastated.
We cannot help but note that the trauma seems to have brought the Jewish people together, although the price is infinitely too high. We hope that somehow, once the immediacy of the pain recedes, that feeling of all being in this together lingers.
We also hope that pain does not lead to more pain, and that our leaders are granted the wisdom to respond to this outrageous provocation in ways that lead eventually to peace.
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We hope that Dylan Thomas had it right in this verse:
“Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.”