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Shabbat Message - We Are Orlando

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Shalom Shaarei Kodesh, It was 2 am early Sunday morning.  Our congregation was once again engaged in our full night of learning for the holiday of Shavuot.  At 2 am, I was interviewing Ilene Prusher, one of our congregants and a renowned journalist who has served in war zones including Iraq and Afghanistan.  Little did we know that an act of terror and hatred, the largest mass shooting in American history and the largest terror attack since 9/11/2001 on American soil, was beginning to unfold just three hours north of us in Orlando. Shavuot at Shaarei Kodesh was truly special.  Our children enjoyed delicious gelato and learned about the holiday of Shavuot and the importance of Torah through PJ Library books followed by a full night of learning and public interviews which included Torah from a teen leader, a millennial leader, a head of school, a journalist, rabbis, teachers, and congregants, to our sunrise service.  People came in at all times during the night, some even coming at 4 am…