Though there are many voices weighing in on the tragedy in Orlando, the poetic voice of Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda soared above the rest on Sunday evening's Tony broadcast:
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day
This show is proof that history remembers
We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, rembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love
cannot be killed or swept aside....
This terror attack was a hate crime. There were 49 victims present in the night club. The concentric circles of sadness,fear and terror radiates out to victims around the world.
When our politicians focus immediately on the a political implications, they divert us from the real work. We are to mourn, the dead and care for the victims. There is also a danger of collateral damage as anti-Muslim bias in our country increases.
Last weekend we stood at Sinai as we observed the holiday of Shavuot. We connected ourselves one to one to all, across thousands of years. We were standing there at the moment God gave Moses the tablets to pass on to the people. We were there with all who were and all who are yet to be.
Let us stand now with the families of those who were killed, the LGBT community, and our Muslim neighbors. Let us stand against all who would increase hatred in our world, and who commit violence in the name of God.
In deep sadness,
Rabbi Michelle Pearlman