Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein: President Trump was so gracious and generous

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We were moved by the words of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein on an MSNBC interview, who’s Chabad Synagogue came under attack Saturday by a gunman, in his receiving of a call from President Trump.  Here is how the conversation went with the President:

“I was totally in awe and shocked to receive a call from the White House.  I thought it may be a crank call from someone else trying to lift up my spirits.  And then the President took the phone and I recognized it was really him, and I never have spoken to a President before.  He was so gracious and generous with his words exceedingly comforting to me and my community.  And he spoke to me like a friend, a buddy.  And I didn’t realize that I’m talking to the President of the United States of America.  He was exceedingly kind and sensitive.  And we spoke for close to 50 minutes.  And I thought to myself, for the President of the United States of America to take time in his day, 50 minutes, to talk to me about the issues at hand, was just absolutely incredible and admirable.  And I spoke to him about anti-semitism, and I asked him, Mr. President, what are you doing about anti-semitism in the United States of America?  And he was very generously explaining that he has made it as a priority.  And he said, listen, I got a son-in-law who is Jewish, I got a daughter who is Jewish, I got grand kids who are Jewish, and I love Israel, and I support Israel, and I’m going to do whatever I can to protect the Jewish people in the United States of America and abroad.  It was incredibly comforting…it was the highlight of the day.  After everything that I’ve been through…to hear from the President himself…to be so comforting, so consoling, it meant a lot to our community, it meant a lot to me.  And I also spoke to him about the concept of the moment of silence.  And he was very, very, taken about the concept about re-introducing into the public schools about having a moment of silence.  And I certainly hope that he would take it to the next level.  Because something has to change…we have to do something about this.  And we have to start it from early childhood education, because that’s were it all starts.  And if the families at home and in the schools teach children to respect God, and to respect each other as human beings, and to be accountable for your actions, your thoughts, and your speech, perhaps children will grow up with a lot clearer morals and ethics.”

  • 04/29/2019
  • Casey Hunt