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The Jews of Pittsburgh Bury Their Dead

posted on November 1, 2018

The Atlantic’s Emma Green writes about the mourning and burial process of the 11 Jewish victims who were murdered in Pittsburgh during prayer services on Saturday. As part of Jewish tradition, volunteers from the community called shomrim are guarding the dead. Green writes, “This was something they knew how to do. At least for an hour, whether in the afternoon or in the middle of the night, they did not have to sit at home and cry, or helplessly watch the country dissect their community’s loss on the news. The structure was there; the tradition told them what to do. Wait with the body until it can be buried. Pray over the murdered souls.”

Read at The Atlantic