At the vigil for shooting victims in Squirrel Hill. Photo by Ryan Rydzewski.

In the hours since the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, we’ve seen an outpouring of eloquent words and strong journalism covering this senseless act of violence. One of the most moving pieces of writing came from Squirrel Hill native Bari Weiss, writing for The New York Times about the “welcoming, big-hearted and profoundly decent” community where she was raised.

She grew up seeing just how powerfully those values were present in Squirrel Hill. And she is very sure they will continue to thrive, even in the face of ignorance and hatred.

“Squirrel Hill, I am certain, will continue to live by the values that the Jews have sustained for more than 2,000 years,” Weiss writes. “They can never be gunned down.”

If you haven’t seen this essay yet, we recommend reading it.

Melissa Rayworth

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