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Murder at Chabad of Poway: A Bullet in the Soul of America

We Must Revive the Conscience of Our Nation

44 min

Chabad of Poway Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein speaks at the gravesite of Lori Kaye at El Camino Memorial Park, April 29, 2019. Behind him stand her daughter Hannah, and husband Howard. Photo by Chris Stone

Class Summary:

On Shabbat, the last day of Passover, April 27, 2019, a gunman attacked the Chabad synagogue in Poway, Ca., murdering Lori Kaye, and wounding the Rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, Almog Peretz and his 8-year-old niece, Noya Dahan.

This lecture, presented by Rabbi Y.Y. Jacobson at a “peace and unity event,” brought together many communities from NJ in a show of solidarity, on Monday, April 29, 2019. The evening was held at the Chabad Center of Short Hills, NJ, and was organized by Rabbi Mendel Solomon and Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum. The event was led by Rabbi Solomon, spiritual leader of Chabad, Short Hills. 

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    Chaya -5 years ago

    What is more astonishing to me than the murder of a previous Jew in a place I never heard of was the lack of serious response and solidarity of the murder of not one soul, but 359 in their prayer service on their “holy” day. As everything this too was hasgacha. So while I praise the unity Lori Kaye’s hy”d
    murder generated I ask you Rabbi in the name of “Jewish Leadership” are we not a light unto the nations? And if not are we punished accordingly? Why are there any Jews left in the exile when they can join the rebuilding of the Land and struggle together to find a peaceful way for rebuilding the Temple by 
    building ourselves into one nation with one heart. The Rebbe said increase in acts of goodness and kindness and he didn’t restrict it in any way. Obviously we have to love our brother as ourselves and here too we must add sincere love for each other and nurture that as well. But ultimately we are not articulating our message loudly enough or clearly enough...and so the opposite of love grows which manefests are violence and murder. Awaiting your return and that if all of Am Yisrael because ultimately anywhere in the world other than Eretz Yisrael, we are the other. Blessings for the immediate redemption for ALL of mankind. 
    And as a lady point...Shveii shel Pesach, the imminent seudas Moshiach and yes, yiskor, a memorial to those who preserved Judaism. We stand on their shoulders. 

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    tamar -5 years ago


    This is epic. 

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    עזריה -5 years ago

    מאוד נהנתי מהדגש בדרשה שלך, שאתה קורא להוסיף יהדות ולא להתחבא. זה הנקודה...

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    אליעזר -5 years ago

    מאוד מאוד עצוב .דרשה מאוד מאוד יפה ומקצועי, ותקותי שזה יגיע למקומות הנכונים והמועילים כולל נתניה וטראמפ...

    זה נורא נורא כואב האירוע הזה.

    נזכרתי גם מהולצברגר במומבאי, שהסוף היה נורא נורא זוועתי, טרם התרפא הפצעים. אין מילים.

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    chaya -5 years ago

    one conclusion

    Your lecture inspired this because I couldn’t even open it to read it. Not computer savvy and don’t want to “subscribe”. In any case I wrote a comment but wanted to add a few more thoughts personally.

    Even under Trump, and maybe even more because of Trump’s appreciation of the Jews ,he  and we are more exposed than before.

    But often what gentiles see is “other”...we are not of them. And knowing this it is often hard to understand why Jews are choosing assimilation, or perhaps not choosing but inevitably being absorbed by what I call the Starbucks generation. Life is good in galus, maybe too good! 

    So this brings me to your conversation with Rabbi Steinsaltz one Shabbos afternoon in Jerusalem where he shared the Gemara about the whale...and as the previous Rebbe said so well...America iz nisht andes..,and so it is. Trump has been a blessing, but the story is still being written. May it always be written for good. 

    Am sure we will catch up soon in Jerusalem...because their is no place like HOME.

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Rabbi YY Jacobson

  • April 30, 2019
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  • 25 Nisan 5779
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Dedicated in the loving memory of Lori Gilbert Kaye, gunned down in Chabad of Poway on the last day of Passover, April 27, 2019; and in the merit of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Almog Peretz, and Noya Dahan, wounded in the attack.

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