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Chicago Area Rabbis React to Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Vigils took place on Sunday and continue today in various US cities in response to the shooting deaths of eleven people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. Police and witnesses say Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in a Pittsburgh neighborhood, yelled "All Jews must die", and began shooting. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Pope Francis led prayers for the victims, in St. Peter's Square calling for and end to the 'flames of hatred" that sparked the incident. President Trump called for flags to be lowered to half staff. But he also said in remarks to reporters on Saturday that things might have turned out differently if the temple had an armed guard in place. That criticism prompted criticism scudding from the mayor of Pittsburgh. We talked with Rabbi Cantor Michael Davis of Makom Shalom on Chicago’s North Side and Rabbi Evan Moffic of Congregation Solel in Highland Park to get their reactions to that comment, what was going through their minds when they first received news of the tragedy, how they've been talked with their respective congregations about the shooting and what should be done to stop anti-Semitism and similar violence in the US. We started with Rabbi Moffic, on where he was when he first heard the news.

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