American Jewry, antisemitism, Holocaust, Jewish pride

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Moving Mourners Prayer Headline

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Headline Jewish Mourners Prayer Kaddish

In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre in which 11 innocents lost their lives, there have been many gestures of solidarity. A new Pittsburgh Penguins shirt sports a Jewish star. The Pittsburgh Steelers logo changed its background color to black to reflect the darkness of a city gone into mourning. A meme accompanying the logo says “Stronger than Hate.”

But perhaps none of these gestures were as evocative as the front page headlines of the Friday Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, quoting the Kaddish, the Jewish mourning prayer, in bold, black letters in the ancient Aramaic: “Yitgadel v’Yitkadesh, Shmei Rabah . . .”

“Magnified and sanctified be Your name.”

This was a beautiful gesture in support of the Jewish community and against antisemitism. Not to mention, a lot more meaningful than repeating ad nauseum the phrase “Never Again.”