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Spiritual leader wishes for Passover free from hate

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Apr 18 2014 04:58:50 PM MDT
PASSOVER
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Har Shalom Synagogue in Missoula has been a busy place this week. Passover started at sundown Monday.

Spiritual Leader Laurie Franklin said Har Shalom was home to multiple community Seders this week. A Seder is a Jewish ritual meal and a time to reflect on the story of the ancient Israelites and their escape from slavery.

But after a shooting at a Jewish community center in Kansas last Sunday, Franklin said she wishes others could live the spirit of Passover.

“One of the things I wish we could be free of in this season is hate,” Franklin said. “It's a terrible tragedy…and it's horribly ironic that although it was directed at Jewish community centers and a Jewish place of worship, the people who were killed are not Jewish. It's a perfect example of the fact that hate hurts everybody,” Franklin said.