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December 22, 2014 3:09 pm

Rabbi Leads Bronx Prayer Vigil in Support of NYPD

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Today's prayer vigil, organized by Rabbi Avi Weiss, outside the headquarters of the 50th Precinct in the Bronx. Photo: Hebrew Institute of Riverdale

A leading New York rabbi has led a prayer vigil and memorial ceremony outside the headquarters of the 50th Precinct of the New York Police Department in The Bronx following the murder of two police officers on Saturday.

Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon as they sat in their squad car. The murderer, 28 year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later committed suicide after he escaped the scene and descended into a subway station.

Today’s prayer vigil was organized by Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale as a show of “solidarity and support for the NYPD.” New York has been the site of several angry demonstrations against the police following the controversial decision of a Grand Jury not to indict a police officer in Staten Island over the death of Eric Garner, an African-American man.

“In this time of tragic loss for the NYPD and all New Yorkers, we stand here with you,” Weiss declared at the vigil. “You, the New York Police Department, are New York City’s finest – a racially diverse force.  Every day, you risk your lives for us.  You protect our synagogues, our churches, our mosques, our institutions, our businesses, our homes – for this and much more we are eternally grateful.”

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Weiss told the crowd that “we mourn with you and gather in prayer for Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. We can never understand the profound grief of the families and the larger family of the NYPD, but with great empathy we declare: your pain is our pain, your suffering is our suffering.”

Weiss called on “communities throughout the city gather at local police precincts to express similar support and prayer.” He reminded the crowd that “this is the holiday of Chanukah, the holiday of lights, the holiday that teaches that no matter how dark it may be – ‘a little bit of light pushes away the darkness.'”

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  • Tom Tuey

    Thank you Rabbi and all who participated…when we as
    human beings become more concerned for the welfare
    of others rather than for our own welfare……then there
    will be some peace…..God have mercy on us all…

  • victoria brandeis

    FALSE RABBI…..JUST LIKE ALL THE FALSE MASHIACHS’.

    I DO BELIEVE THIS BLOG IS EQULLY STATED AND STANDS IN THIS MATTER AS WELL…….ALL FAKES

    • Lin Davis

      Rabbi Avi Weiss is a well known rabbi and you are spreading a lie – shame on you!

    • Steve

      you are a very small minded piece of excrement

    • racy

      you’re A MORON. YOU DON’TKNOW HIS HISTORY. LEARN IT!
      RABBI WEISS IS A LIGHT ON TO THE NATIONS. WAKE UP GOLEM

    • zadimel

      You express absolute nonsense which combined with your ignorance of the distinguished Rabbi Avi Weiss makes your post irrelevant.

    • Fred

      Explain to me what is he lying about, furthermore i will buy you an airline ticket, so you can tell the black people that black lives matter

    • WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? HOW MUCH HATE CAN A JEWISH PERSON HAVE IN HER HEART AND PEA BRAIN, IF IN FACT YOU ARE EVEN JEWISH. WHOSE FAMILY NAME DID YOU TAKE FOR YOUR VENOMOUS WRITINGS. TWO BRAVE MEN ARE DEAD, CHILDREN WITHOUT FATHERS AND ALL YOU CAN THINK ABOUT IS AVI WEISS LETS PEOPLE IN HIS SHUL THAT DO NOT CONFORM TO YOUR IDEAL OF JUDAISM…….WHO ARE YOU? HA SHEMS SECRETARY.

      BEHAVE YOURSELF AND LET GOOD PEOPLE MOURN OTHER GOOD PEOPLE AND IF YOU CAN’T SAY ANYTHING NICE STAY THE HELL AWAY.

      NECHA MINDEL

  • Jon R.

    Interesting to see how Jews are repositioning themselves politically–from a left that acted to subvert social order in pursuit of Jewish objectives to the most loyal supporters of the state and its armed and security forces.

    Only one question really matters, doesn’t it: Is it good for the Jews?

    • David

      You’re a cretin, Jon.

    • It is not about politics.
      It is about DERECH ERTZ.
      It is about KIDDUSH HASHEM.

      You don’t have to agree with Rabbi Wiess, and you don’t have to ask him
      about how to make Coffee, or Tea on Shabos. FARSHEIEST.

  • kern

    Thank you, Rabbi Weiss.

    I have long admired his leadership in outreach to Jews who have benefitted from his kindness, instruction and welcoming of them to Jewish community life and activities.

    Now I am proud of his standing up against those who would sacrifice safety, truth, and common sense, in order to promote a dishonest political agenda which threatens the freedom, safety and justice which has made America the bastion of freedom and equality for people of all religions and races.

    • victoria brandeis

      THIS IS NOT A REAL RABBI YOU ARE FOOLED BY THIS BEHAVIOUR….NO MODERN ORTHODOXY ACCEPTS WOMEN IN THIS MANNER….AND AS AN ORTHODOX WOMAN I LOVE OUR ROLE IN THIS WORLD…B’H……YOU, WELL WILL BE FOOLED BY SUCH IDIOTS AS KERRY AND SO MUCH MORE….THIS MAN IS A NOTHING BUT A PRETENDER….ONE THAT COULD NOT MAKE IT THE REAL WAY…….JUST LIKE THE CHRISTIANS AND THE MUSLIMS………COPY CATS OF HUMAN EXISTENCE.

      • You need to read Torah. Everything you accuse others of– YOU are!

      • Lynne T

        Do you really think anybody pays serious attention to semi-literate hysterics who type out nonsense in upper case?

      • Lin Davis

        Rabbi Avi Weiss is indeed a rabbi, Victoria. Difficult to believe that an orthodox Jew would post a lie with such hateful rhetoric!

      • A Zionist

        My understanding from reading this article is that Rabbi Weiss was leading a Jewish community expressing sorrow at the murders of two New York police officers, Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

        As an orthodox woman, I should have thought that showing respect towards those mourning the loss of the two police officers would have been more important than your “political” concerns regarding the role of woman in modern orthodoxy.

        Why are you shouting? Why are you so enraged? I don’t understand your rant and it seems this says more about you and your rage than Rabbi Weiss’s attempt to show the Jewish community’s respect towards the NY police. They were brutally murdered only because they were police officers. Jews are singled out only because they are Jews.

      • I think you are talking about yourself. right?

      • racy

        MAYBE YOU SHOULD BE A STUDENT OF TALMUD AND GEMARA
        BEFORE YOU WRITE YOUR STUPIDITY ON THE INTERNET. CLASSES ARE GIVEN IN STERN COLLEGE, A COLLEGE FOR ORTHODOX JEWISH WOMEN. EVERYTHING RABBI WEISS SAYS
        IS ‘MUTAR’. THE OU ATTEMPTED TO SHUN HIM BUT THEY
        SOON REALIZED HOW WRONG THEY WERE. I LIVE IN A CHAREDI NEIGHBORHOOD. OY VEY IS THE STATUS OF WOMEN, WITH LITTLE WORLDLY EDUCATION MANY STAY
        IN ABUSED RELATIONSHIPS BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY OUT FOR THESE SHAVEN HEADED WOMEN WITH 8, 9, 10,… KIDS. G-D HELP THEM BECAUSE THEIR CHAREIDI
        RABBIS TURN A DEAF EAR FOR ‘SHALOM BAYIS’.

      • Iris

        i don’t understand why you are so angry with him. What has he done?

  • theo

    All who serve their communities deserve praise And of those who serve and place their lives in danger in so doing, deserve the highest acclamation and not criticism
    Not to be aware of this is a shame

  • Susan Staehs

    Everone should stand proud and strong for the commitment of Service For The NYPD. Their oath is to serve and protect.

    They do that every single day of their lives. Two innocent police officers lost their lives for the belief of The NYPD.

    Rest In Peace My Two Heroes.

    • racy

      tHESE TWO OFFICERS WERE SACRIFICIAL LAMBS FOR A LEFTIST
      AGENDA. HATEMONGERS,AGITATORS AND LEFTIST SOCIALIST
      POLITICIANS RIPENED THE ATMOSPHERE FOR THESE MURDERS.
      THEY DIDN’T PULL THE TRIGGERS, BUT THEY ARE GUILTY FOR
      PROMOTING A BITTER AGENDA.
      REST IN PEACE MY FRIENDS. YOU ARE SURELY IN HEAVEN AND LOOKING DOWN ON ALL OF US.

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    Thank you Rabbi Weiss for your gracious prayers for the two slain police officers who were watching over and protecting the crowd. What a waste of life. May the light of Chanukkah bring some light to their families. Amen.

  • Rabbi,
    Great idea and good words.

  • May G-d Bless Rabbi Weiss with long life.A true committed Jew and seeker of justice for all people.

  • Jean Stevens

    Since the death of these fine officers, no one has demonstrated for the NYPD. Rabbi Weiss is a welcome voice with words of support and compassion for our police officers everywhere, who put their lives on the line to protect all, even those who wish them ill.

  • Mickey Segal

    Blue lives matter.

  • Noreen

    Where are the Episcopal priests and clergy from other (formerly) “mainline” Protestant denominations? Oh, never mind . . .

  • art

    The President and Attorney General missed a unique chance as African Americans to defuse the situation in NYC and Ferguson and call for a calming down and respect for the Law and to reassure people that they would ad. dress the problem as the Chief law officials and as African Americans. Mayor Wilhelm DiBlasio likewise failed to calm the situation with his portrayal that he had to teach Donti to beware of police/

  • DAVID S.WISNIA

    kol hakavod rabbi weiss and the jewish comunity may you all be blescantor david

    Ma y the good Lord bless YOU all cantor David

    sed

  • Happy Chanukah to the distinguished Rabbi and the Jewish people, and Merry Christmas to all our Christian neighbors.
    Amen Rabbi, and bless the NYPD, and all the Police Depts. everywhere.

  • judithg

    I stand with the rabbi for the nypd who are our finest examples of great courage and bravery in the face of the criminals and the lawless.

  • spktruth200

    What a laugh. NYPD are a bunch of racist bigots and this “Rabbi” comes to their defense…yeah right. Go back to Israel Rabbi…your not wanted here with your outrageous comments. The man who did the cop killing was mentally ill….get the guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, but no the NRA, the right wing crazies want everyone armed.

  • Judy Silver-Shapiro

    Thank you, Rabbi Avi Weiss, for still fighting the good fight.

  • Herb Glatter

    Rabbi Avi Weiss a tireless warrior battling the forces of darkness. this story is heartwarming :Yankees, Bowdoin College to pay for education of slain officer’s children
    http://www.myfoxny.com/story/27686949/yankees-bowdoin-college-to-pay-for-education-of-slain-officers-children

  • JerusalemIsIsrael

    This attack and the vehicle attack in France were both carried out by devout Muslims. In both cases the authorities claimed the terrorists were “mentally ill”.

    The Muslim attackers in Israel that target Jews are often described by their family members as having “mental illness”.

    Years ago in Baltimore, a Muslim man murdered a Jewish man in a movie theater and his family said he was “mentally ill”.

    Why are there so many mentally ill Muslims?

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