Editor’s note: On Saturday, a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during its morning services, killing 11 people—many of them elderly worshipers—and wounding several others. The suspect, a 46-year-old white male charged with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes, had reportedly shouted “All Jews must die” before the shooting, and had left a trail of anti-semitic rage online.
We’re sending you this extra weekend edition of the Atlantic Daily at a moment when fear and confusion can weigh heavily in conversations around gun violence, anti-religious hate crimes, and political action—or inaction.
What to Read
A prayer for the the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre
“When Rabbi Joseph Miller learned of the Squirrel Hill massacre, less than a mile from his own pulpit, he ordered the doors of his synagogue locked,” Franklin Foer writes. “Despite his congregants’ terror that they would be next, they recited the mi sheberach. They didn’t pray for their own protection; they prayed for the healing of others.” → Read on.
Must this nation worship safely only behind bars and guards?
“There’s no politician to blame for the ideas in the synagogue murderer’s head. There are plenty to blame for the weapons in his hands,” David Frum argues. “And at the top of that list is Trump, whose response to the killing was to blame the synagogue for not having armed guards of its own.” → Read on.