Lori Gilbert-Kaye was worshipping in the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in suburban San Diego last Saturday when a gunman entered the sanctuary. A man identified by authorities as nineteen-year-old John T. Earnest began shooting.
Mamoudou Gassama, a 22-year-old Malian migrant living in Paris, garnered the world’s attention recently when he bravely saved a child who was dangling over the edge of a balcony of a high-rise apartment complex.
Most of us cannot imagine choosing to live near the world’s most active volcano. We can shake our heads at the foolishness of such people. Or we can learn an important lesson from their intrepid courage.
While we are all still grappling with this senseless act of violence and “pure evil,” as President Trump termed it, there are also stories of courage and heroism emerging that showcase the best aspects of the human spirit.