Lord God, we are deeply moved by the heroism of Lori Kaye, who laid down her life to protect her rabbi this weekend. We marvel at the courage and quick-thinking she demonstrated when realizing an active shooter was attempting to kill her rabbi. For her to throw herself between the shooter and the rabbi, receiving the bullets into her own body, was an example of the most powerful kind of love. We agree with her friend Roneet Lev’s words, “She didn't die a senseless death. She died advertising the problem we have with anti-Semitism and to bring good to this world.” We pray for Kaye’s husband and young-adult daughter as they grieve and process her heinous death. We pray for Congregation Chabad and the community of Poway in California as they recover from this terrible tragedy. We rejoice that the injured have all been released from their hospitals, and we pray for them to recover emotionally and physically in the months and years to come. And we pray against anti-Semitism in that community and in our world. Amen.
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