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Rabbi Rambo

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So CNN.com is showing this video about a guy who is a security expert, black-belt martial artist, and a rabbi. (One of these things is not like the others?) His shtik is that he teaches anti-terrorist techniques for use in synagogues, including -- I am not making this up -- how to use your tallit (prayer shawl) as a weapon. Given our current culture of security, as well as the recent Holocaust Museum shooting and an incident where a couple of New York synagogues were the subject of a terror plot, this isn't such a far-fetched thing for a black-belt rabbi to offer, nor for a synagogue to look into. After all, I attended Erev Rosh Hashana services last night at a synagogue that is delighted to be located across the street from the Obama house because of the free top-notch security they get out of the deal.

If you watch the video, you'll notice that the rabbi is armed, and that his techniques for taking down terrorists all end with him kneeling on the guy's head and pointing a gun at the guy's terrorist pal. I have to say, I'm kind of ambivalent about the idea of bringing a gun into a synagogue. I know they do it in Israel, and that's even mentioned in the video, but Israelis aren't Americans. I suspect that Israelis are much more capable of being cool around guns than Americans, who tend to fetishize them in one way or another (either pro- or anti-, take your pick), and who are probably not quite so trustworthy with the things.

And, frankly, this guy is pretty badass even without the gun. Yes, the gun will cause the terrorist to freeze and wet his pants. But that move with the tallit? That'll take down the terrorist and have your entire Bar Mitzvah class, and at least half of the Bat Mitzvahs, going "Awesome!" as well.


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Sep. 19th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Holy Cow! That's something. Rambo indeed. I'm with you on trying to decide how I feel about the gun though. I am actually largely pro- on the subject in general... but in any place of worship.... Hmmm. I guess I just hate to think that would be necessary. But as you (and the video) said, there's plenty of evidence in plenty of places that unfortunately it would be.
Sep. 20th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
One of my friends did mention, when I told her of Rabbi Rambo, that the sort of people most likely to attack synagogues would also be more likely to use bombs than charge in with blazing guns. So the gun-battle techniques might not be worth as much as this guy thinks they are. But then, they do make people feel safer. Not much you can do against a bomb.
Sep. 19th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Wow. Now there's a stereotype shatterer! Love the tallit move!
Sep. 20th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
The IDF has been working on shattering that stereotype since 1947, but this guy alone is as badass as the entire force combined.
Sep. 20th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Americans. . . who are probably not quite so trustworthy with the things.,/i>

So sadly true. Hence my inclination to keep guns out of places of worship, schools, restaurants, and what not. Rather than a well-trained citizen user whipping out his gun and defending him/herself, I'm afraid I envision random shooting and collateral damage.

But that's just me.
Sep. 20th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Especially with small children running around.
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