Gabrielle Giffords' Inspiring Words on Jewish Women

I just want to express my horror at the inhuman shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman shot who was critically injured by a gunman this week.

Even though only Gifford’s father is Jewish, she identifies as a Jew, is extremely proud of her Jewish heritage, and is a loyal friend of Israel.

She told voters this year before she was elected to Congress:

“If you want something done, your best bet is to ask a Jewish woman to do it. Jewish women — by our tradition and by the way we were raised — have an ability to cut through all the reasons why something should, shouldn’t or can’t be done and pull people together to be successful.”

Giffords’ grandfather was the son of a Lithuanian rabbi. Giffords said in an interview with Jewish Woman magazine “I was raised not to really talk about my religious beliefs. Going to Israel was an experience that made me realize there were lots of people out there who shared my beliefs and values and spoke about them openly.”

Giffords is a member of Congregation Chaverim in Tucson. She serves on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

The gunman has said that his favorite book is Mein Kampf, indicating that his motivations for the shooting were at least partially based on anti-Semitism.

May we hear good news from Gabrielle Giffords, a mother of two children and a dear and devoted friend of the Jewish people who is desperately in need of our prayers.

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