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Letter: More killing isn't the solution

Rebel fighters walk in front of damaged buildings

Rebel fighters walk in front of damaged buildings in Aleppo, Syria. American Douglas McAuthur McCain was reportedly killed in Syria while fighting for ISIS on August 26, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images / ZEIN AL-RIFAI

Americans are mortified by the recent beheadings of American and British journalists and the slaughter of innocent civilians by terrorists ["U.S. must wipe out Islamic State," Letters, Oct. 3].

As a chaplain who has ministered to those of many faiths, I am appalled by these latest iterations of man's cruelty, where even the lives of politically neutral civilians seem to have no value.

In Jewish thought, God's gift of life is most precious. We need to cherish every second, every breath, and not take life for granted. In my work, I have come to realize that life is not only precious, it is extremely fragile. When I visit the seriously ill of any faith, I see the universal person created in God's image. His soul bears no political labels or religious denominations. His tears are crystal clear -- not the color of his skin. His cries are supplications which transcend any language; they come from his heart -- prayers of the highest order.

When universal man prays, he prays from his heart. And, when mankind prays together, all of our prayers go to the same address!

Rabbi Zev Schostak, Commack

Editor's note: The writer is the director of pastoral care at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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