Orthodox Rabbi Says Guns, Not Prayers Will
Protect Shuls, Encourages Congregation To Arm

Rabbi Dan Rodkin

By: JTA. June 24th, 2019. www.vosizneias.com

Brighton, MA - A rabbi here has asked congregants to consider bringing guns to religious services as a form of protection in response to recent shootings at synagogues across the country.

Rabbi Dan Rodkin of Shaloh House in Brighton, a Boston neighborhood with a large number of Russian-speaking Jews, told the public radio station WBUR that the rise in hate crimes across the country and the loss of life at the Chabad at Poway and the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh influenced his thinking.

Rodkin fears that increased safety measures implemented at Shaloh House -- they include security cameras, reinforced glass windows and panic buttons -- are no longer sufficient protection. The rabbi said the actions of an off-duty officer at the Poway Chabad center, where one woman was murdered, may have prevented further casualties. .....


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