“The Kingdom of Kindness”

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A man prays at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue following Saturday's shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 31, 2018. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

I first learned about the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting hours after it happened, when I walked to my own synagogue’s Shabbat services near Seattle. Like other Sabbath observers, I was isolated from the news until I saw a good Christian friend who had showed up at our place of worship, standing vigilantly at the back of the sanctuary.

As it turned out, our friend Charlie—a marine officer, an NRA gun instructor and internationally renowned opera singer—heard the news and immediately took it upon himself to come to our synagogue to protect his friends.

His decision, like the other expressions of support for the Jewish community from good people across the country, reminds us how blessed we are as Americans.

As a great rabbi described America, it is indeed the Malchus shel Chesed—the “Kingdom of Kindness.”

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  1. Armand  •  Nov 1, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    “A kingdom of kindness” doesn’t keep interest rates at zero percent for nearly a decade after bailing out incompentant banks.
    “A kingdom of kindness” doesn’t sanction Russia for defending Russian speakers against a CIA/bankster backed unelected junta in Kiev, while refusing to sanction Saudi Arabia and its government Owned oil company aramco.

  2. Rizzo  •  Nov 1, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Adolf…. returned to meaningless obscurity.
    You and your pathetic country have nothing of value to offer this world.
    It’s called being inconsequential. Look it up.

    • Nani Tavares  •  Nov 2, 2018 at 12:20 am

      I've often wondered why do people remain here or look toward America to solve their problems if they hate her so much.

  3. Brad Greenberg  •  Nov 2, 2018 at 2:04 am

    I thoroughly enjoy (kvell) listening toMichael Medved and his guests. My enthusiasm for listening to him is only exceeded by my pride that I may the only listener who played on The Elders of Zion Championship team with him, representing the Bay Cities Synagogue, and having Michael as a witness to our wedding standing under the Chupah 34 years ago at The Sephardic Temple.
    All the best,
    Brad Greenberg

  4. Armand  •  Nov 2, 2018 at 6:09 am

    Literacy! There’s something we can offer your low IQ, can’t read or understand his own source material moron behind. Literacy!
    “Elders of Zion Championship team” is that a team of creepy old Mormons working for zionsbanccorp? Or is that a team of even creepier old Jewish guys thinking it’s funny to mock rachkovskys document from the presses of the okhrana? Weird

  5. Armand  •  Nov 2, 2018 at 6:14 am

    “I've often wondered why do people remain here or look toward America to solve their problems if they hate her so much.”
    I think the banksters remain in the US because they’ve inslaved the population to their service. I don’t think anyone looks to America to solve their problems; the us, its gulf Arab “allies” and the Bolshevik state of israel(got run aerospace, produce export, major holder of bank equity, control of health care, no trials by jury) are the problems not the solutions. The 1998 Asian financial crisis, the housing crash 2008, the Saudi death squads, the removal of Jews from Gaza by israel(resulting in a hamas takeover) weren’t caused by singaporeans, but by American led and American based interests.
    America caused, not solved the crisis in Ukraine.

  6. Nani Tavares  •  Nov 2, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Ok…so the answer to why they remain and/or look toward this country that they hate so much to solve the problems of the world is…they, themselves, don’t know. I mean, they don’t even recognize themselves; they think I’m talking about someone else. Then they sit in judgement on that relationship that no one asked them to be involved in. The ironic part is their focus on America causing, not solving problems. It’s like someone choosing to remain in what they claim is an abusive relationship and focusing on who started the abuse and what may or may not be abuse.

    Again, real simple. Hate America, get out. If you’re not in America, look toward YOUR own nation to solve the issues.

    • Rizzo  •  Nov 3, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Adolf is a looney conspiracy theorist. He has no grasp on history.
      He lacks any logical perspective on current events. And he totally projects when it comes to his lunatic predictions for the future.
      He probably stands on the street corner mumbling about, with his tinfoil hat, holding his sign that reads “ The End is Near”.
      Then, as you walk away, totally ignoring his lunacy, he starts screaming about his Wonderlic scores and the joys of Mensa meetings.

      Adolf is a first-class loser. He wants to matter so badly, he will spout anything.

      He is so AWFUL, he actually makes me appreciate the intellect of Ty.

      • Nani Tavares  •  Nov 3, 2018 at 4:48 pm

        Rizzo, good one. I could envision the tinfoil hat…and the anger that goes beyond pathetic. But Rizzo, Ty's problem is that he has zero moral compass. Talking to someone who condones denying presumption of innocence is truly a waste of time. In his own way, he comes across just as desperate. The only thing is that I no longer care what either says or thinks. I can't get pass their lack of decency.

  7. Armand  •  Nov 2, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    China will solve its issue when the gulf Arabs, uncompetitive and desperate from not buying out the American Oil drillers and midstream companies sells its tech portfolio to stay solvent. China will then sell treasuries at a loss, jacking up interest rates in the USA, while then VWAPing a buy of billions into us energy; thus cruising OPEC, the us banks that launder their money, while buying out us energy assets. The SEC will be forced to freeze trading….Russo-Chinese victory forcing Europe into the pan Eurasian free trade agreement

  8. Armand  •  Nov 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    “Adolf is a looney conspiracy theorist. He has no grasp on history.
    He lacks any logical perspective on current events. And he totally projects when it comes to his lunatic predictions for the future.“
    Where’s your evidence for this statement? Still upset that it were proven wrong?

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