BOSTON MASS. (?!) Rabbi Dan Rodkin says thoughts and prayers will not save his congregation from an attack on their house of worship.
Amid a rise in hate crimes against Jewish people across the United States, Shaloh House — the Brighton synagogue the rabbi leads — has been improving safety measures with security cameras, reinforced glass windows, even panic buttons.
“We can’t think, ‘I’m just praying, and God will save me,’ ” Rodkin says. “No, we need to take care of situations ourselves.”
Now, the rabbi is asking his own congregation to bring guns to Shabbat.
And several of Rodkin’s synagogue members — most of them former soldiers and retired cops — are answering his plea, coming armed to daily and holiday services. Others are applying for gun licenses with letters of recommendation from their rabbi.
Rodkin says he will get a gun, too, and wants to organize training for the new gun owners.