Rabbis Take Up Guns for God

09.04.09 Will Sherman

postAs New York rabbi Gary Moscowitz puts it, a terrorist could stroll into a synagogue, “put a yarmulke on, say, ‘Happy holidays,’ and blow the place up.” Or else they could just run in “screaming ‘Allah akhbar,’ or whatever” and start shooting. In response to these hypothetical concerns and the FBI-facilitated Bronx synagogue bomb plot, Moscowitz started training fellow rabbis to fight off terrorists in their temple. The founder of the International Security Coalition of Clergy says his 100-hour combat class is crucial because “even if police were trained properly, by the time they show up we’d all be dead.” Watch the Post’s video of the holy men grappling with guns and tables after the jump.