Rabbi after Uvalde: Reach where you can, root out hatred and ‘othering’

People gather at Robb Elementary School, the scene of a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, U.S., May 25, 2022. “There's this beautiful Buddhist saying … ‘tend the part of the garden you can reach.’ We can all reach within our own sphere of influence, to take care of the mental health of the people we love. … The root cause [of violence] is this misanthropy, this objectification of the other, and whatever part of the garden you can tend to [and] root that out, root it out,” says Rabbi Steve Leder. Photo by REUTERS/Nuri Vallbona.

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