There’s really no difference between actual hostage takers and those who legislate hate I first learned about the hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville on Saturday, Jan.

15, when an out-of-state friend texted, asking if that was my synagogue and if I were OK. That was followed by a barrage of emails, text messages, tweets and Facebook posts.

As president of my temple, I tweeted out a message on behalf of everyone at Congregation Beth El Binah that we were praying for the safety of Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and the other three hostages.