Donald Trump hosts wounded Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein at White House Prayer Day event

May 2, 2019

The rabbi wounded by gunfire at his California synagogue called on President Trump Thursday to restore the “moment of silence” in public schools to bring a positive result from the attack.

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was shot in both hands in the attack last weekend at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego, said his life was changed forever by the attack that killed one woman.

“If something good could come out of this terrible event, let us bring back the moment of silence in our public school system,” the rabbi told Mr. Trump at a National Day of Prayer event at the White House.

He called the president “a ‘mensch’ par excellence,” thanking Mr. Trump for calling him on the phone after the attack.

“You were the first person who began my healing,” he told the president. “I’m so grateful for that.”

Mr. Trump didn’t address the “moment of silence” request directly but told the rabbi, “Such beautiful words. Anything we can do you know that.”

The president told the audience in the Rose Garden, “We will fight with all our strength and everything we have in our bodies to defeat anti-Semitism.”