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Moments of Silence

On Yom HaZikaron, Israel has moments of silence for those lost protecting Israel. My understanding is that these moments aren’t overtly religious but instead is there for everyone to pause and consider these folks and their actions and to do so in a society wide way.

Recently, I’ve seen calls for moments of silence in schools following the Poway attack. Apparently this was a point pushed by the late Lubavicher Rebbe and continues presently.

I guess I don’t quite understand the point of these school based, not for any stated purpose moments of silence. Anyone care to clarify? Is this just a “well we can’t do prayer, this is our closest legal out” idea? It appears that this is what it is from that second link above. Are there Jewish sources for such a practice?

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