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A Massacre in the Heart of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

By The New York Times

SQUIRREL HILL WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE BY THE VALUES THAT JEWS HAVE SUSTAINED FOR MORE THAN 2,000 YEARS. THEY CAN NEVER BE GUNNED DOWN

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  • As someone who grew up less than a mile from Tree of Life and spent countless Bar Mitzvahs there, I vividly remember seeing Fred Rogers walking around the neighborhood and thinking his show was about Sq. Hill.

    I also remember a young rabbinical student being shot dead in the street in 1986 and hardly

    As someone who grew up less than a mile from Tree of Life and spent countless Bar Mitzvahs there, I vividly remember seeing Fred Rogers walking around the neighborhood and thinking his show was about Sq. Hill.

    I also remember a young rabbinical student being shot dead in the street in 1986 and hardly anyone outside of Sq. Hill caring. I remember swastikas and vandalism on synagogues. I remember other neighborhoods where cross burnings were community events.

    I love my hometown but having lived and worked all over the world, I shake my head whenever I hear Pittsburgh described as open minded or tolerant.

  • Given the week we’ve had in America drawing inspiration from Mr Rogers has never been more important, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

  • Very sad that there are people who don’t care about the lives of others. Hating someone for their set of beliefs, or color is wrong at all levels. To make it political is wrong. These families now have to deal with their loss. My heart goes out to the families.

  • Eleven people were killed. Amongst them a Holocaust survivor who was murdered by a Nazi in a place of perceived safety and spiritual comfort. When you let that sink in it's obvious the United States has become unmoored from its base, that it's become unhinged. Apologists for Trump and the GOP spin horrible

    Eleven people were killed. Amongst them a Holocaust survivor who was murdered by a Nazi in a place of perceived safety and spiritual comfort. When you let that sink in it's obvious the United States has become unmoored from its base, that it's become unhinged. Apologists for Trump and the GOP spin horrible untruths as they shovel "thoughts and prayers" into their press releases and social media accounts. If you're still voting straight ticket GOP this election, you're part of the problem because you don't believe in accountability and just care about your bank account.

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