One of the teachers at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida asked teachers around the country to write letters in long hand to the students of the school following the horrible attack last week. Earlier this week, I sent this letter to the students.
To the Students of Stoneman Douglas High School:
First and foremost, my deepest condolences to you on the senseless and tragic loss of your friends and your teachers. My prayers and those of my community go out to all of you and your families for comfort and healing.
Our nation needs strong voices to bring about change. Many of us, myself included, have fought for years for changes in gun laws and have so often been met with resistance.
But, your voices- your beautiful, strong, loud voices- are being heard and are empowering people throughout the nation. I am so encouraged that in the face of unspeakable tragedy, you are gathering strength and bringing us all with you.
Do not give up the fight. We need your passion and your voices of hope.
May we all see a new day soon.
Wish wishes for comfort and with great admiration and respect. And, with a promise to shout alongside you,
Rabbi Robert Dobrusin
And I extend to these words of encouragement and respect to all of our young people who are standing up for changes in gun laws and for a better path for our nation.