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A year ago, this week, August 3, 2019, a gunman murdered 23 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. There would have been more dead, were it not for the quick thinking and bravery of Adria Gonzales.

Gonzales was in the meat department when the shots rang out. She rushed to the front of the store and ushered dozens of customers to the back as the gunman advanced. One of the survivors called Gonzales “an angel”.

On angels Rabbi Lawrence Kushner wrote, “The Hebrew word for angel is malach, which also means “messenger,” one who is sent … Unsuspecting and unaware … people chose to be messengers of the Most High rarely even know they are God’s messengers … I do not know how many times in one’s life one is also a messenger. But for everyone it is at least once.” (Siddur Lev Shalem, p. 153)

Adria Gonzales was a divine messenger that day in El Paso. When your time comes, will you be?

Rabbi Pont

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