If you are reading this, I probably don’t have to tell you that the news these days is not good for the Jews.
For the past two decades, American Jews watched anti-Semitism re-emerge around the world with concern, but perhaps also a bit of condescension. We were the luckiest diaspora in history. Our metal detectors were little more than a precaution.
Then came Oct. 27, 2018, an otherwise quiet Shabbat morning during which 11 of my neighbors in Pittsburgh were slaughtered by a white supremacist as they prayed.
The message from community leaders and rabbis was that the massacre at Tree of Life should not change our fundamental assessment of this country. America was still what we thought it was. Or at least that’s what we said until April 27.