A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:
The Overland Park, Kansas, Jewish community was rocked by a targeted shooting on Sunday that left three people dead. Police apprehended suspect Frazier Glenn Miller, the founder and former leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party, at the scene. He reportedly shouted "Heil Hitler" as he was being taken away. The shootings took place at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and at the Village Shalom Retirement Community. It's been labeled a hate crime that has put everyone on alert over the course of the Passover holiday.
This year Passover and Easter coincided, leading some to think about similarities and differences among the holidays. "To be present as interested observers at each other’s celebrations manifesting friendship, respect and appreciation is a way of promoting interfaith understanding. By learning from each other, adherents of both traditions understand themselves better. But to try to imitate each other’s sacred events trivializes them and cheapens the relationship," said Dow Marmur in the Toronto Star. Others find more traditional and everlasting messages buried within the text of the Haggadah and the overarching story.
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