By Rabbi Rick Sherwin

Columbine High School
Virginia Tech
Sandy Hook Elementary
Fort Hood
Umpqua Community College
San Bernardino
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Las Vegas
To name just a few

After each one comes
Thoughts and prayers
Expressions of sympathy
Prayers for consolation
Heightened security at
Military Bases
Churches, Mosques, Synagogues
Night Clubs
Maybe now hotel check in!

What about the real problem?
Not controlling guns
But outlawing assault weapons
Not allowing silencers
But speaking up and speaking out
Not second amendment rights
But the responsibility for life
Not more mental health checks
But more sane laws
The real problem is addressing
In a completely direct way
Devastation and anguish
Loss of hope and loss of life.

We have delayed the conversation
We have delayed the action
We have delayed protecting
Children and Adults
Going to School
Attending a Concert

The Prophet Isaiah:
“They have eyes but will not see
They have ears but will not hear”
Wake up now
Before more parents mourn children
Before more children are orphaned
Before more young love is lost.

The Sage Hillel
2,000 years ago:


Rabbi Rick Sherwin, a graduate of UCLA, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Rick’s passion is filling spiritual services and interfaith educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue, and humor.




  1. But the NRA says to arm up more to prevent the terrorists, the madmen, the nutcases, and to be ready to fight back, then the various politicians are led around by the NRA, like puppets on a string, bought and paid for. The loud- mouthed radio hosts next shout that Sandy Hook never happened….fake news! Eyes that don’t see, ears that don’t hear…..and as the debate continues back and forth, babes pick up the guns, that the parents don’t put away and kill, the criminals wait for the perfect moment to break into the homes to get your guns, the stand- your- ground folks whip out their guns at the slightest perceived threat and fire, and the next copy-cat madman plots his next personal one- man army tactics against the world, and people get used to the new norm of the non-stop killings, and to the local level politicians that dare to challenge the gun laws, they can be removed from office, or fined. When will it all end? When the nukes of the world powers push the buttons or until God says ENOUGH.


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