My response to today’s terrorist attacks in Brussels

I sent this message to my congregation earlier this evening:

We are saddened by today’s deplorable terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium. We are reminded once again of the fragility of life and of the evils of those who wish to destroy innocent people. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families during this tragic time.
While there is no fail-safe deterrent against the dangers of the modern world, we are best served by determining to live with the same resolve and purpose as we do every day. Coming together for the holiday of Purim will be a meaningful way to do so. As we read the story of Esther – a brave woman who stood up against her people’s enemies – may we also be inspired to stand together in strength, and even dare to laugh in the face of what we fear.