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May 21, 2019 1:06 pm

Poway Rabbi Helps His Plastic Surgeon, Son of Holocaust Survivors, Wrap Tefillin for First Time Ever

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Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, injured in the recent shooting at the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, California, speaks as US President Donald Trump looks on in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, May 2, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Kevin Lamarque.

The rabbi of Chabad of Poway, who was wounded in last month’s deadly shooting attack at the synagogue near San Diego, performed an impromptu bar mitzvah ceremony in the office of his plastic surgeon, Chabad.org reported on Tuesday.

When Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein discovered that Dr. Yale Kadesky, the son of Holocaust survivors, had never put on tefillin, he visited the doctor in his San Diego area office and helped him don the Jewish prayer item, a mitzvah performed by Jewish males ages 13 and above.

Dr. Kadesky has been treating the rabbi, who suffered injuries to both his hands and lost a finger in the April 27th attack.

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