It has been 3 years since the terrorist attack in San Bernardino that left 14 dead, shot many times by their own coworker and his Islamist extremist immigrant wife at their company Christmas party. The main target was my friend Nick, a Messianic Jew like me. We attended Shiloh Messianic Congregation together, in the San Bernardino mountains. I was just down the street from the scene of this attack when it happened, watching it unfold on the TV news in a restaurant. I had just returned from teaching English for 5 years in Turkey, Russia, and China.
Oddly, I have stood in the exact spot of terrorist attacks in all 3 of those countries. Two were in airports in Russia and Turkey, and one was in Tiananmin Square in Beijing. My timing was good–before the attacks occurred–but I could have been a victim like Nick. Any of us could be victims–as could any of our children.
May we, in the new year of 2019, stand against anti-Semitism and terrorism. May we truly promote the peace that Yeshua–Messiah–came to give. Shabbat Shalom.
See my video of Messianic Jewish Dancing at Nick’s Funeral:
Watch the Saying of Kaddish for Nick:
See the Aaronic Blessing: