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Readers respond to recent Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle stories

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Death penalty trial would reopen wounds
As a survivor and friend to many of the victims, I had to share my thoughts on the article you shared with your readers (“Scholars weigh in on death penalty for Pittsburgh synagogue murderer,” Jan. 10).

The punishment has been talked to the proverbial ends of the earth and I think the shooter is getting exactly what he wanted by surrendering. The message he sowed or added to was “hate” but not just that.

It was hatred for the Jews and all that we stand for, in his eye anyways.

As long as the case has continuous mention in the media and in the public, the anti-Semitism that he spewed will be highlighted for all and especially those that believe in his garbage.

So if he gets the death sentence, the appeals will again and again force many of us to relive that terrible Shabbat morning and reopen the wound that we try to heal from.

The trial itself will also force it again to be relived in front of the whole world and reawaken the pain and sorrow that was burned into us.

I think the plea deal would not be for him, but for those of us that do not want to relive that day.

Barry Werber
member of New Light Congregation

Play has relevance today
I am writing in response to the article by Audrey Glickman about the decision of Point Park Playhouse to cancel “Parade.” I could not agree more with Ms. Glickman. It is important to support theater, novels, films, etc. that reflect the attitudes, customs and language of certain periods of time. This is one of the many ways we can increase our sensitivity to the experiences of others. Last year, I attended the Playhouse’s outstanding production of “Cabaret” with German friends who were blown away by the play. A few days after that, the Tree of Life shooting happened — suddenly making Cabaret’s language and subject not only important historically, but relevant to life in Pittsburgh today.

Michelle Dreyfuss
Mt. Lebanon, PA

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