A Commentary On The San Diego Shooting: Our Time Is Now

My heart has been heavily burdened over the tragedy that happened this weekend in the Chabad service in California.

The reality has hit me that there is truly now no “sanctuary or safety” in America for the people God calls “His chosen.”  Jews becoming targets even as they worship is something I read about in endless hours of research I have done on the era of the Holocaust, but I never dreamed I would see in our generation here in a land of promised freedom.  

For the first time since the founding of PJTN, my Jewish friends and Jewish supporters are telling me they are afraid to be Jewish in America.  I am both saddened and outraged that this is happening on my watch.

When God’s gift to me of the vision for PJTN was still fresh, I remember standing with my small children in front of our television set and watching the horror of the towers falling on 9/11.  While they were still too young to fully comprehend, I recall my words to my children; “Life as we know it, will never be the same.”

I am feeling that same emotion today, hearing fear in the voices of my Jewish friends, and now I understand.  How could I have known on that day now 18 years ago that the vision God had given me for PJTN would be so parallel in its enormity to the Book of Esther: “For if you remain silent at this time, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

I will not remain silent.

In the face of all that is happening in the world around us, know without a doubt that PJTN was born for “such a time as this.”   In the face of what might seem like insurmountable forces of evil, I see a ground on which to plant a banner of victory.  We must not despair, give up or allow fear to be given a home here in our midst!

We must as Christians and Jews today lock arms in solidarity and commit our last ounce of strength to together push back the darkness.  We will not retreat in the face of evil.  We will not allow terror to reign. Over us in this rising battle against anti-Semitism and hatred is the banner of God’s promise “For the Lord God will help me; therefore, I am not disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a flint, and I know I will not be ashamed.” (Isaiah 50:7)

I am re-committing stronger than ever this day to my every effort through PJTN to defend and win this war against hatred—in its every virulent and ugly form.  I have committed heart and soul to this mission.  I have “set my face like a flint” to defend Israel and the Jewish people.

You must not remain silent. 

We must not be “lulled” by compliance to a political party, to the pressure of being politically or socially correct, or to the fear of being called “haters” for speaking out in what we see happening in America!  Christians and Jews are seeing history repeat itself.  We must recall the wisdom passed down from the “Greatest Generation” who swore “Never Again!” –a generation whose voices are now reduced by time to only a few.  

If you are a believing Christian or Jew…the footsteps of hatred are going to grow louder.

Our voices too, will grow louder.  They must.  We are all here “for a time such as this.”

I cannot do it alone.  We must stand together.

I feel your support and I covet your prayers.  

May our efforts together be a tribute to Lori Gilbert Kaye who died Saturday shielding her Rabbi at the Synagogue in Poway.  May her memory be a blessing.





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