I Am Afraid After The Synagogue Shooting in Pittsburgh

I Am Afraid After The Synagogue Shooting in Pittsburgh

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Bella lives in a neighborhood called Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh. She’s grown up there, lived there her whole life, has her friends and her synagogue there, right near the Tree of Life synagogue, and it had always been a peaceful neighborhood – diverse and accepting – a really nice place to live. There were a lot of Jewish families who lived there and she could hardly remember any anti semitism ever happening around them.

But, on Saturday, October 27th, she slept in late and only woke up when her mom called to her from the other room at around eleven o’clock. She ran in to her Mom’s room and her younger sister was there and they looked awful, pale, afraid and scared. Bella didn’t know what was going on, and her mom would only whisper because she didn’t want Bella’s youngest sister to wake up. But something really, really bad was going on – you could tell from the terrified looks on her Mom and sister.

Her mom asked is she’d looked at her phone yet, if she’d seen or heard any of what was on the news. She’d heard lots of sirens in her half sleep, but they didn’t wake her – what was going on? Her mom sat her down and told her that there had been a mass shooting at a temple – the Tree of Life synagogue right there in squirrel hill.

Bella gasped and sat down hard. She was so scared, afraid, shaking and crying. She was just in shock that something like this had happened, in their neighborhood, at a synagogue that was practically right next to the one she attended. Also, the fact that it was all because of their religion, all because they were Jewish, and this scared Bella too – the ant-semitism, and all these shootings taking place everywhere.

What made the tragedy even worse was the fact that it was Shabbat, the holiest day of the week for the Jewish people — all they were doing was praying — and that morning the Tree of Life synagogue was having a baby naming for a new baby just born into their community, a special and festive and happy occasion. And an evil man full of hate and anti semitism came into their place of worship and shot and killed 11 people, including police and security guards.

When Bella and her friends returned to their religious school, hebrew school, so many of them were on edge, scared, and couldn’t quite put into words how awful and vulnerable it made them feel. Why was there anti semitism, or hate of any kind? Why couldn’t people coexist without hatred and gun violence?

After they had started their school day they had a special morning prayer service and they invited the congregation from the Tree of Life synagogue to join them. There were so many people there, mourning and praying, holding hands and supporting each other – praying for peace, and love, and for the souls of the those who passed to ascend. And they chanted and sang words of power, that they were strong and that they would not be afraid.

The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting has effected jews all over the United States and the world, and all people who enjoy feeling safe and free to worship how they choose under any religion they choose. Hopefully the families affected by this tragedy will be able to feel one day that those they lost did not die in vain and that they re-awakened the need for peace, and love, and light across the entire world.

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84 Responses

  1. Lps Josellyn heartgold says:

    I would pray for all cultures for the best in the near future ?

  2. clyden hughes ball says:

    the thumbnail looks like one of those memes

    • clyden hughes ball says:

      dear anyone who is offended im not thinking the video is a joke but calm your ass because i was drunk as hell when i posted this and i was being a dumbass and ik the shooting is not a joke so be careful what you see and read that the thumbnail looks like a meme and that if you get triggered go re read what i said. truly regards -clyden delroptä hughes

    • still a google name sereika says:

      +clyden hughes ball you are actually the good guy here cause you were just trying to tell a joke

    • still a google name sereika says:

      +viemärikala666 nope

    • clyden hughes ball says:

      but still people get offended over a damn joke

    • still a google name sereika says:

      +clyden hughes ball yeah i know i see a lot of these kind of people on the internet who get offended because of a actually good joke

  3. Katie Greening says:

    Canada: Kinder Surprise is legal, guns aren’t.
    America: Kinder Surprise is illegal and guns are legal.

    • c supreme13 says:

      Ummm wheres my passport

    • The ChromosomeKid says:

      It’s mom not mum
      It’s chips not crisps
      It’s fries not chips
      It’s color not colour
      It’s soccer not football
      It’s football not rugby

      *_-*I T S S C H O O L N O T S H O O T I N G R A N G E*-_*

    • yourone andonly says:

      I always thought about this. I am American and would go to Mexico to see my grandparents and would love kinder eggs growing up. And here they were illegal until recently. They are just now in stores and have been for only about a year or two. But guns have always been legal and so loved. I believe people should have the right to own a handgun and a limit on how much ammo. But these ak’s shouldn’t. Those are the ones that cause so much damage and are meant for mass slaughter. No one besides military and police should have them. People with extensive training and annual qualifications of the weapons

    • Kendall Verse says:

      Katie Greening Canada is also stupid. Weed is legal in Canada

    • Andrew G says:

      Guns illegal in Canada, lol. Stupid bitch

  4. Original Moana says:

    I’m not Jewish but damn that’s _sad_

  5. Original Moana says:

    Yep I’m staying in Australia we aren’t allowed guns in Australia except for cops and stuff

  6. VolexGamer says:

    One like = one torture for the shooter

  7. SoniasWay says:

    Why people keep forgetting that we’re all humans first, how can they do something like that to other people

  8. Sydney Vernon says:

    i’m from pittsburgh born and raised. what happened was horrible. but i don’t think that people should be afraid. the person that did this was psychotic and unstable. to live in a city where this happened is horrible, it’s all people talk about.

  9. Vero Maldonado says:

    God bless every one that is reading the comments

  10. Jungoo Heart says:

    People gotta stop SHOOTING! This is so sad

  11. Guadalupe Diaz says:

    Which is better?
    Storybooth = like
    Actually happened=reply

  12. labyrinthgirl17 says:

    I live in a household with two other roommates, so there’s three of us all together. We live together, we run errands together, we care for each other, and we all come from different backgrounds and different non/religious beliefs. Why can’t the rest of the world live like that? Can’t it be more like, “Hey, I’m Buddhist and you’re Catholic, but what’s that got to do with anything? : )”
    I don’t see why people feel like they need to hate each other because ‘fill in the blank’ or ‘insert stupid reason here.’ It just makes my head hurt.

    I also live in Pittsburgh and this hit me hard to know that something like this happened and had hurt my fellow humans because of their beliefs. I continue to keep everyone affected by it in my thoughts and hope that recovery will come in time.

  13. Olivia Langdale-Hunt says:


    Time to Pack Our Bags Kids. We’re MOVING to New York!

  14. Ocean Goddess says:

    I have a cousin and she got shot in the jaw and she is still in the hospital they said she will probably or probably not live and she’s only 4.

    One like one prayer

  15. Adrian’s Brickfilms says:

    That sucks prayers for the families that lost other family members

  16. Ashlynn Ellah 33 says:

    I was shooked because october 27 is my channels bday I am very sorry for what happend there T^T

  17. MOHAMED X_17 says:

    I’m muslim. If any muslim died I call a God for the mercy for the deceased muslim during praying

  18. cat lover says:

    We all can make a difference. Stoping the deaths of many others.
    I hope they are in a better place, happier, safer, i hope the newborn will never be forgotten. The ones who are fighting for their lifes. I hope they get better.

    We can make a difference

    • Gaming Redditor says:

      It’s even more heartbreaking since it was a celebration of a new human being born, i’s heartbreakingly ironic, some poor baby was killed when it didn’t even have a chance to live, and then lots of other people were killed for no reason. Tf is up with this world

  19. Blackhawksmiles says:

    I have no idea what happened and what this is I’m sorry but I’m just a child and of course I’m confused I’m sorry for what happened and that I don’t know but this needs to stop! Killing your own kind is just outrageous! I don’t get why people doing this it’s just like bullying but going too far! We literally need to start a protest…

  20. Alec Bell says:

    They killed a 96 year old holocaust surviver. After years of escaping hate, to end up being shot for the same thing. Awful.

    • Calvin Lippert says:

      That was proven to be false. No holocaust survivor was killed their

    • justice rain says:

      Why does this keep happening to good people 🙁

    • PerkyObama says:

      I know it’s so sad, they survived six gasses and 20 camps just to be shoot down like a pig.

    • Black Lagoon Death Squad says:

      thank god they did PRAISE ALLAH

    • Rachel Romac says:

      Alec Bell this is actually not true. it’s something that someone said on twitter that grew too quickly to be stopped. the girl on Twitter could have said it because the woman lived through the time of the Holocaust, but she had lived in the US the whole time. this doesn’t make her death any less significant, though. thoughts and prayers to her and all of the other victims families ❤️

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