Australian Rabbi tells vandal, “You were damn lucky that I wasn’t there to catch you.”

A Rabbi has furiously reacted after vandals in Australia painted swastikas on Maroubra Synagogue in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Rabbi Yossi Friedman, described the graffiti as an “assault on the Jewish People.”

Apart from desecrating his synagogue, Rabbi Friedman said that a nearby bus stop was also covered with Nazi-style graffiti.

“I can NOT be silent. What would drive a person to such deplorable action? Why such hatred?” said the Rabbi in a statement on Monday.

Rabbi Yossi Friedman and family



He explained how synagogues are symbols of peace and a place reflection, prayer, meditation and could not understand why people would deface them.

Rabbi Friedman had some words of advice for the vandals: “I have one message to impart to that vandal who desecrated my Synagogue and insulted my people: I pity you. Your hatred won’t harm us, it will only consume YOU. So for your own sake, let it go. Oh, and one more message. You were damn lucky that I wasn’t there to catch you.”

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