Texts for Times of Tragedy

Sefaria joins the entire Jewish community in mourning the victims of the devastating shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.  

Our library can be a resource to all who seek out Jewish texts as we process and respond to this tragedy.

The Book of Psalms reminds us of our relationship with the Divine during difficult times.


קָר֣וֹב יְ֭הוָה לְנִשְׁבְּרֵי־לֵ֑ב וְֽאֶת־דַּכְּאֵי־ר֥וּחַ יוֹשִֽׁיעַ

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; 
those crushed in spirit He delivers

-Psalms, 34:19


The victims in Pittsburgh were mainstays of their communities. In the traditional liturgy, during Shabbat prayers, we acknowledge those whose contributions allow the synagogue community to thrive. 


מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ אֲבותֵינוּ אַבְרָהָם יִצְחָק וְיַעֲקב. הוּא יְבָרֵךְ אֶת כָּל הַקָּהָל הַקָּדושׁ הַזֶּה עִם כָּל קְהִלּות הַקּדֶשׁ... וּמִי שֶׁמְּיַחֲדִים בָּתֵּי כְנֵסִיּות לִתְפִלָּה. וּמִי שֶׁבָּאִים בְּתוכָם לְהִתְפַּלֵּל...וְכָל מִי שֶׁעוסְקִים בְּצָרְכֵי צִבּוּר בֶּאֱמוּנָה

May the One Who Blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, bless everyone in this holy congregation, together with all holy congregations...and may God bless those who unite to pray in synagogues, and those who come there to pray...and all those who faithfully engage with the needs of the community....

-Siddur Ashkenaz


יהי זכרם ברוך

May their memories be a blessing

Joyce Fienberg

Richard Gottfried

Rose Mallinger

Jerry Rabinowitz

Cecil Rosenthal

David Rosenthal

Bernice Simon

Sylvan Simon

Daniel Stein

Melvin Wax

Irving Younger