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Letter to the Editor: Praying for victims of senseless violence

Dear families of victims of the Burgas, Bulgaria, bus bombing: On behalf of the Reno/Tahoe Jewish Community, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences on the tragic bombing that shook your families and the entire Jewish world on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

People in our own country, in Aurora, Colorado, were shot and killed, not by a political terrorist, and indeed, we know even less about and#8220;reasonsand#8221; for such violence there. The horror of these two events, only a day apart, have shaken all people who strive for peace and unity.

We especially wish to convey our sympathy to the families of Amir Menashe, Itzik Kolengi, Maor Harush, Elior Priess and Kochava Shriki, and their bus driver, Mustafa Kyosov. Like Jewish communities everywhere, we will be including the names of these neshamot (souls) in our Kaddish Yatom (Mourners Prayer) and offer our tefillot for nechamah (prayers for comfort) for the families and for everyone in your community. We pray that you will heal from this trauma and are able to regain a sense of wholeness and security.

The Reno/Tahoe Jewish Community

Rabbi Elizabeth Beyer, Temple Beth Of Reno

Rabbi Meredith Cahn, North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation

Rabbi Evon Yakar, Temple Bat Yam

Douglas Goodman, Temple Sinai, Reno

Judy Hirsch, Temple Emanuel

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