This Last Sunday, Feb 25, about 25 Shomrei congregants observed a 6 minute moment of silence in memory of the murdered victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. The observance was at 2:19pm, the time the shooting began and the 6 minutes of silence reflected the duration of the shooting.
17 candles were lit in memory of the 17 victims and a small banner was placed nearby which read “Do not stand by when you neighbor’s blood is shed.” (Lev. 19:16)
Rabbi David Greenstein read psalm 20, and reminded those gathered that psalms and prayers are not enough.
For the leader. A psalm of David.
May the Lord answer you in time of trouble, the name of Jacob’s God keep you safe.
May He send you help from the sanctuary, and sustain you from Zion.
May He receive the tokens of all your meal offerings, and approve your burnt offerings. Selah.
May He grant you your desire, and fulfill your every plan.
May we shout for joy in your victory, arrayed by standards in the name of our God. May the Lord fulfill your every wish.
Now I know that the Lord will give victory to His anointed, will answer him from His heavenly sanctuary with the mighty victories of His right arm.
They [call] on chariots, they [call] on horses, but we call on the name of the Lord our God.
They collapse and lie fallen, but we rally and gather strength.
O Lord, grant victory! May the King answer us when we call.