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by philip964
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: CA: SanDiego synagogue target of vest wearing shooter, 1 dead 3 wounded, stopped by GG with gun
Replies: 12
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Re: CA: SanDiego synagogue target of vest wearing shooter, 1 dead 3 wounded, stopped by GG with gun

“This was heard from the rabbi’s sister this morning:

The rabbi credits the Aibishter - the Almighty - with performing a miracle in limiting the devastation at the Chabad shul - the synagogue in Poway, CA.

Rabbi Goldstein was just emerging from the bathroom where he went to wash and prepare for the Passover Yizkor service - a memorial for deceased close relatives performed four times a year - when he encountered the murderer. It is customary for those with two living parents to leave the sanctuary at this time, so the foyer of the synagogue was crowded with children and young adults.

Rabbi Goldstein emerged just as Lori Gilbert-Kaye fell to the ground, dead. He grabbed the muzzle of the killer’s rifle and was shot - the rabbi lost two fingers. The gun jammed. An off-duty police officer who was in the shul to say Yizkor, grabbed the rifle. The killer ran out of the building. The officer chased him and managed to shoot his vehicle. The killer was apprehended by local police minutes later.

The rabbi shepherded children and congregants to a safe space. There he spoke to them from his heart, urging them to be proud Jews, grateful to live in a country that protects our religious freedom. We will not be cowed, and we will search for the hidden light that will emerge from this tragedy. Then he was taken to the hospital, and endured hours of surgery on his hands.

On a news program later, Rabbi Goldstein reported that Lori was a founding member of the shul, his dear friend and supporter for 30 years, a true Aishes Chayil - woman of valor - who was always there for others.

The rabbi’s sister Toby reflected that but for the rabbi’s action the killer might have easily slaughtered many more Jews in the foyer. He is a hero.

May God bless Rabbi Goldstein, the officer who helped him, all the officers who apprehended the murderer, and every person who stands up against Jew-hatred in our great nation.

The rabbi asks us to perform deeds of kindness now, to create light out of this darkness. Please heed his call. And let’s say Amen.”

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