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North Miami Beach Rabbi Shot and Killed on Shabbat

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A rabbi, identified as Rabbi Joseph Raskin by NBC news, was shot and killed on his way to synagogue Saturday morning, in North Miami Beach.

He was shot by 2 youths at 9am, and airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he died.

The two fled, one on foot, and one on a bike.

A reader updated us that today’s murder took place two blocks away from a Miami synagogue, which was vandalized with swastikas and the word “Hamas” last week.

The area has a large Orthodox-Jewish community, and a number of synagogues.

Raksin was from Brooklyn, NY and was in Florida visiting relatives.

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  1. Oh my G-d ! I am voice less ! it’s starting again like in the 30’…. may his family be protected and blessed ! Every jew should do Alya as soon as possible and make Israel the strongest Nation of the World ! B”t HM ! Baroukh Dayan HaEmeth

  2. I hope the Miami Police catch the 2 boys and prosecute them for this horrible crime! Praying for the Rabbi’s family.

  3. Joyce Myers says:

    What is this world coming to??? All of this has to stop….his killer or killers need to be found and arrested…

  4. Carole Lucas says:

    That is most disgusting. Why o why do something like this, or should I rather say what sort of evil exists to shoot a man of God.

  5. There had been Gaza/Hamas radicals protesting there recently.
    I do not know who is to blame for this incident yet, though.

  6. Praying for his family to be strong.

  7. RIP…God will avenge u

  8. Oh NO!! This hurts and in America. We all need to stand up to this stuff!!

  9. May he Rest In Peace! 🙁

  10. Please do not let history repeat itself. We do not need another Holocaust. For those who didn’t know, besides the 6 million recorded deaths of Jews, there were also 22 million recorded deaths of non-Jews. End this insanity before it gets out of control. Speak up people. Let the legislators of this nation know how you feel. Write to them now…tell them we don’t want WWIII.

  11. Oh my G-D!!! Baruch Dayan HaEmet. I blame the news media for showing all the propaganda videos from Hamas.

  12. May Hashem protect his family and may his memory be a blessing.

  13. 2 youths?really?too young to be a murderer,I bet they are a pro Hamas!…May God protect his family!

  14. Ofra Abraham says:

    Baruch Dayan Emet

  15. terrible, I suspect it’s a hate campaign effect. Love to my Jewish bros.

  16. Nora Cullen says:

    How dreadful my thoughts are with his family

  17. Florida has the death penalty
    A visit to Stark Florida is waiting for these killers

  18. 江律师 says:

    Catch the Islamic killers

  19. Joe Lodrige says:

    Well heard they were flying islam flag somewhere in florida, dont know if true but if it is should not be.

  20. Leslie Y says:

    Are you nuts?! Stop this BS. Why look to alienate those of us who support Obama. Can we not mourn this tragedy together? Shame on you!

  21. They hate Christians too so be prepared.

  22. Miami police will not do ” nothing ” Behind the scene they will tell you who care

  23. Linda Lutkus says:

    Praying for the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to supernaturally protect Jews and Christians all over the world. So very saddened by this atrocity. Barry and his media created this insanity.

  24. It’s 1933 Europe Wake up Leslie look what’s going on around you

  25. Gary Gien says:

    It’s time to get off your behinds and start defending yourselves or start to fight back . JDL where are you . Help them get rid of this cancer called hamass

  26. My bet is Muslims. CNN is part to blame with their constant saying “not enough Jews have been killed”

  27. Z”L……God Bless his family!

  28. May God bless him and his family.

  29. No Leslie I’m Awake liberal Jews call Obama The Messiah and Jews will Criticize him So don’t tell me to wake up I am up All of the Jews in this country are in And coma

  30. Ofra Abraham says:

    when someone passes away you say that…

  31. With the stuff that goes around Miami Muslims against Jews, it should have been expected, this is unreal

  32. Mary Prine says:

    Stop the killing!!

  33. Here we go….we will have WWIII. There won’t be any way to avert it. There are people who will stop at nothing to kill all who disagree with them.

  34. Linda Gibbs says:

    The hate crimes are beginning…

  35. Mary Prine says:

    It is not the fault of Obama. It’s congress and always has been.

  36. Tragic. My condolences. Catch the perpertrators!

  37. Evil can be stopped only by good people acting on their beliefs. Talking is not enough. We must act. NOW! Before it’s too late !! Those who do not learn from the past are bound to repeat it.

  38. Eva Perl says:

    find his assassins and sentence them to death

  39. Jule Werkspionin. I would suggest you buy a gun and learn how to use it!!!we all should!!!!

  40. Please world!!! Listen and see it’s horrible !!! Don’t let the Muslim terorist take over the world!!! Looks what happend in Iraq . They hate everyone !!!

  41. Get ready, landsmen. NEVER AGAIN!

  42. This is awful may his family have a long life

  43. Non Jews will do nothing.

  44. And it start yet again, every Rabbi should carry

  45. my condolences to his family. we recently had a school bus invaded by a group of antisemitic young men that shouted “death to Jews”and “heil Hitler “.this hate directed at Jews is not because of Israel, the hate toward Israel is because it is Jewish. do not think that just because you live in a country that has democratic law you are safe. Germany was the most democratic country in Europe before ww2.this was not a random killing. it was deliberate murder.this could not be a robbery as Jews are forbidden to carry on the sabbath

  46. That’s really horrible. All those ego maniacs passing around Hamas written up petitions against Israel should read this, but they wont. Their minds need validation not challenge.That’s what their energy is helping create.

  47. Margie Green says:

    David’s Rabbi @ U.V.M. was name Rabbi Raskin.

  48. Margie Green says:

    When Jewish people allow non Jews to make anti-Semitic remarks and keep them as friends. Or employees they need to read this story. They need to realize that it is not a joke. I am so deeply saddened. Horrified. . Where is the outrage from the news? From the white house?

  49. Cece Rubin says:

    May he rest in peace and I hope the criminals are caught and prosecuted.

  50. Liz Smith says:

    Get weapons! Learn self-defense

  51. Liz Smith says:

    God will be with you if your heart is right with Him. These times are coming folks, it aint no joke! Get educated, and be proactive. But if you are in God, you can’t be fearful, that is the opposite of faith.

  52. Where is Obama, Clinton, and everyone that should be condemning this despicable behavior.

  53. Liz Smith says:

    Obama is only a puppet, but he could have took a stand. Unfortunately, I believe he is a muslim, if so, he will only take America down. The muslims have an agenda, to control the whole world. Wake up people!

  54. Liz Smith says:

    They are blinded to truth! Listening to mainstream news.

  55. The Swat teams should kick down every door in town until they find them.

  56. Linda Lutkus says:

    Even when I was not ‘right’ with God — he was with me and directed my steps. Gods grace is not by my works but by His very nature.

  57. Liz Smith says:

    They are all over America, waiting to rise up. People, wake up

  58. This is terrible I hope they catch and prosecute the killers to the full extent of the law

  59. Tim Tveten says:

    Nazi’s rising again

  60. Alice Heyman says:

    May his memory be for a blessing and his family find strength in the days ahead.

  61. This is such a tragedy , my prayers and sympathy are with his family.

  62. nooooo waaaaay! that’s horrible

  63. Waqas Soomro says:

    I stand and love and pray for Israel everyday

  64. Why Nena says:

    that’s really sad…God send comfort to his family and friends…

  65. Why Nena says:

    that’s really sad…God send comfort to his family and friends…

  66. Ronald Raff says:

    Terrorism?? On our soil??

  67. Ronald Raff says:

    Terrorism?? On our soil??

  68. God bless Israel and its people. Never Again!

  69. God bless Israel and its people. Never Again!

  70. מאוד עצוב.

  71. were the escaping murdering kids white, latin, or arab looking?

  72. Ellen Lodge says:

    I agree with you Ira, this is a hate crime and the hate is against Jews. Unfortunately, we have always known anti-semitism was not dead but this murder brings it in focus and where it can no longer be ignored. Jews are openly under attack. God protect us all.

  73. Get the name straight. Joseph RASKIN

  74. This scares the heck out of me living here in North Miami gorgeous area….what..is going on…?

  75. Also in America Jews are Jews…?

  76. So sad may he rest in peace with God.

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