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As Jews around the world celebrate the intermediate days of Passover and Christians observed Easter Sunday, we are reminded that the freedom to worship in safety continues to elude all of us.  Another horrific act of terror has been carried out at houses of worship, this time at churches in Sri Lanka. Coordinated with other attacks across this island nation, more than 300 were killed and hundreds of others injured. It is another stark reminder of the existence of evil in our world. We pray that God will comfort the loved ones of those who lost their lives and bring swift healing to the injured, and that those responsible for these vicious acts of hate will swiftly be brought to justice.

As we reflect on Pesach’s meaning as a Festival of Freedom, in light of the national day of mourning that took place yesterday in Sri Lanka, the words of the Aleinu, which we offer near the conclusion of each of our services, express our hope that good will win over evil:

Let the time not be distant, O God,
when all shall turn to You in love,
when corruption and evil shall give way to integrity and goodness…
O may all, created in Your image,
become one in spirit and one in friendship,
forever united in Your service…

Rabbi Sandra Bellush