A former NYPD cop, turned rabbi, is praying for peace but preparing for war.
Rabbi Gary Mosksowitz, leader of the International Security Coalition of Clergy, is teaching his congregation how to handle themselves when it comes possible threats from extremist groups and terrorists during the holidays.
This congregation is ready for anything that might come through their doors.
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Moskowitz requires his rabbis to go through 100 hours of safety training. After two synagogues were parts of terrorist plots, Moskowitz decided to take matters in his own hands, even on the Sabbath. Jewish law prohibits guns on this holiday but the threat of this holiday takes precedence.
Part of being a religious person is keeping yourself healthy. How are you healthy if you’re dead? And how are you healthy if you can’t defend yourself in the case of a threat?
I am sure the entire congregation feels much safer with the rabbis being the first response, instead of relying solely on the police.
And man, don’t we love these gun totin’ rabbis’ enthusiasm.