The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette included the opening words of the Kaddish, a traditional Jewish mourner’s prayer, as a headline on their front page. The newspaper was Friday’s edition and it honored the victims of the synagogue shooting.
“Magnified and sanctified by Your name,” the headline reads in Hebrew.
“Magnified and sanctified be Your name”
These are the first words of the Jewish mourners’ prayer, which will be recited tonight on the first Sabbath since the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. pic.twitter.com/LJPsKdlWRQ
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (@PittsburghPG) November 2, 2018
This Friday marks the first Shabbat service since a crazed gunman entered the holy place and opened fire inside the Tree of Life synagogue. The violence took place in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood last weekend, killing 11 people and injuring several others.
Robert Bowers is the suspected shooter, he pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday. He has been indicted on 44 federal counts related to the attack, including hate crime charges. The attack is believed to be the deadliest attack against Jewish people in U.S. history, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The alleged gunman reportedly yelled “all Jews must die” as he stormed the synagogue and gunned down those gathered to worship last Saturday.
The newspaper on Monday printed the names of the victims on the front page.
On today’s frontpage, we remember the 11 victims of the Squirrel Hill synagogue massacre.
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (@PittsburghPG) October 29, 2018
Friday is also the day of the final funeral services for the victims. More than a dozen Jewish-American newspapers signed onto an emotional joint editorial condemning anti-Semitism in the wake of the shooting.
“For many Jews, the United States has long held a unique role in our collective imagination,” the editorial reads.
“But after the horrific attack this past Shabbat at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, in which 11 of our brothers and sisters were brutally murdered, we can’t help but be shaken and concerned for the America we have come to know and love,” it continues.
Anti-Semitic sentiments and violence have been increasing for the past decade, according to data collected by the ADL.
There was reportedly a 57 percent uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017.