When Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the principal of Ramaz, an Orthodox day school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, first heard about last week’s attack in the neighborhood on a Jewish couple by a mob bearing Palestinian flags, he had an instinctual response. Maybe the male students at his school should consider wearing baseball caps over their yarmulkes when wandering around the neighborhood, he thought.
So he dashed off an email to his head of school, Paul Shaviv, suggesting parents might want to consider talking to their kids about it.
Then Lookstein thought again and realized he “absolutely did not agree with that policy” he had just suggested.
“I think that is giving the lunatics and terrorists a real victory,” Lookstein told JTA on Tuesday.
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