In an op-ed in the New York Times today, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein vowed to “never back down” in the face of hate and to use his “borrowed time” to promote freedom and liberty.
“I do not know why God spared my life,” Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was injured after a gunman opened fire at the Chabad of Poway on Saturday, wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times published Monday.
“I do not know why I had to witness scenes of a pogrom in San Diego County like the ones my grandparents experienced in Poland,” he continued. “I do not know God’s plan. All I can do is try to find meaning in what has happened. And to use this borrowed time to make my life matter more.”
“I pray that my missing finger serves as a constant reminder to me,” Goldstein wrote. “A reminder that every single human being is created in the image of God; a reminder that I am part of a people that has survived the worst destruction and will always endure; a reminder that my ancestors gave their lives so that I can live in freedom in America; and a reminder, most of all, to never, ever, not ever be afraid to be Jewish.”
Read more at The Hill.