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Rabbi Jospeh Raskin of Brooklyn was murdered after what police say was a botched robbery on the Sabbath.

Miami Jewish community members have posted a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of two black male suspects who murdered a visiting New York rabbi after an apparent botched robbery as he walked to synagogue on the Sabbath.

The Jewish Day of rest turned into a day of mourning for the Jewish community of Miami and family of 60-year-old Rabbi Joseph Raskin of Brooklyn, New York.

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One man who rushed to his aid after he was shot said that the rabbi told him he was accosted by two men. There are conflicting on whether there was an altercation between the rabbi and the suspects, one of whom shot the rabbi to death. Rabbi Raskin died after being evacuated by helicopter to a nearby hospital.

Orthodox Jews do not carry money with them on Shabbat, but this may not have been known to the two men. Despite statements by police officials that the murder was not fueled by anti-Semitism, many local Jews are skeptical, especially since a nearby synagogue was recently vandalized.

Local Rabbi Moshe Druin told the Miami Herald that many Jews in the community don’t believe anti-Semitism was not behind the crime. Noting that Orthodox Jews do not carry money on the Sabbath, he said, “There hasn’t been a robbery on Sabbath for the past 35 years.”

At this time there is no indication of this being a hate crime,” said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez. The Florida branch of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) stated that the murder followed what “appears to be a robbery that went badly and that “currently no evidence has been brought to light that it was motivated by anti-Semitism.”

Rabbi Raskin was visiting his granddaughter and other relatives, and was killed while walking to the Bais Menachem synagogue around 9 a.m. Saturday.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

21 COMMENTS

  1. If he was not Orthodox, wore no yamulka, had no beard and was not identified as a Jew, then it would not be known he was Jewish by sight.
    But in this case, everyone could identify him as being Jewish.
    So I believe he was targeted.

  2. They have other ways to find out who is a Jew even when you do not wear the signs. They likely have lists of who proclaims to be Jewish. But of course wearing the identification clothing could do it. But it should not be that way as you and I already know. They are out to kill because they are not getting their own way and many are just caught up in the stampede as when a lion attacks a herd of cattle. The lion wants to devour the cattle and these people want to devour the Jews because they believe that is the only way they can rid themselves of the Jewish people. Barbaric thinking and totally uncivilized No code of ethics or civility.

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