Shiite Muslim worshippers pray at the holy shrine of Imam Hussein during prayers in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. The Sunni militant blitz led by the Islamic State extremist group has effectively cleaved the country along ethnic and sectarian lines -- the swath of militant-held Sunni areas, the Shiite-majority south and center ruled by the Shiite-led government in Baghdad and the Kurdish north.
Shiite Muslim worshippers pray at the holy shrine of Imam Hussein during prayers in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. The Sunni militant blitz led by the Islamic State extremist group has effectively cleaved the country along ethnic and sectarian lines -- the swath of militant-held Sunni areas, the Shiite-majority south and center ruled by the Shiite-led government in Baghdad and the Kurdish north. The Associated Press
Shiite Muslim worshippers pray at the holy shrine of Imam Hussein during prayers in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. The Sunni militant blitz led by the Islamic State extremist group has effectively cleaved the country along ethnic and sectarian lines -- the swath of militant-held Sunni areas, the Shiite-majority south and center ruled by the Shiite-led government in Baghdad and the Kurdish north. The Associated Press

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About Rabbi Brad Bloom

Rabbi Brad Bloom

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Rabbi Brad Bloom serves Congregation Beth Yam. He attended the University of Wisconsin and lives on Hilton Head Island.