In the wake of the murder last week in North Miami Beach of Rabbi Yosef Raksin, 60, a Brooklyn-based member of the Chabad-Lubavitch chasidic movement who was shot to death on his way to shul, there is no clear-cut consensus in the Jewish community.
A faculty member at the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Rev. David Garber, a Baptist, traveled to Israel last month, during the height of Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, feeling troubled by the “asymmetrical power structure in the current conflict and the asymmetrical loss of civilian life.”
Yoni, while serving in Gaza, was assigned to the unit preparing soldiers for burial. The Israel Defense Forces didn’t issue bulletproof vests to that unit but Yoni wanted one, even if he had to buy one. He asked friends in the Baltimore yeshiva community to help him with the cost, $1,534, and they did. Oh, and there were 79 others in Yoni’s unit who wanted one, too. Within days, Jews from Baltimore raised $122,720 for 80 bulletproof vests.
Alissa Neubauer, wearing a white tank top, leggings and a thin silver nose-ring, stood in the sprawling baggage check-in line at JFK with her mother and grandmother. While her mother manned the luggage cart piled high with duffels, her grandmother held tightly onto her granddaughter’s arm while crying softly into a tissue.