Five months after the fatal shooting attack on the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, the congregation’s rabbi, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, somehow got his finger back, which he allegedly lost while trying to “save children” in his synagogue from alleged gunman John Earnest on April 27, 2019:
The synagogue was full on the day of the shooting, the last day of Passover. One congregant, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, was killed and three others injured, including an 8-year-old girl whose family had move to California to escape rocket attacks in Sderot, Israel.
The attack was a jarring experience for Goldstein. “I did not know what it was,” Goldstein said in a phone interview with The Jerusalem Post. “I thought Mrs. Lori fell or a table fell. I turned around and I was face-to-face with the murderer-terrorist, who was holding a weapon and looking straight at me.”
Since the attack, Goldstein has spoken publicly about antisemitism and even met US President Donald Trump. In each appearance his hands were clearly bandaged. Thanks to Dr. Sam Heifetz, Goldstein has his finger back.
“It was an honor to meet Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad in Poway and help him restore his hand and function,” said Dr. Sam Heifetz told Baltimore Jewish Life. “His lost finger during the horrific attack in his synagogue is a physical reminder of hate but his counterattack of inner strength, trust in God and bringing good to the world sheds light over and over,” Heifetz continued.
Goldstein drove home the importance of learning from the attack in an address to the UN General Assembly:
“Antisemitism is not a Jewish problem – this is a problem for the world and we need to recognize that.”
He allegedly lost his right index finger, but as you can see from the picture of his “restored” finger above, there is no evidence whatsoever of heavy scarring or reconstruction. The finger was allegedly “shot off” only five months ago, and according to other sources, he received a “prosthetic” finger, which can be made to match a person’s skin tone, as is the case here.
But no pictures of the rabbi’s missing index finger without bandages are available online.
If you know anything about complicated reconstructive surgery in the hand, it often leaves purple bruising and scarring that can take years to fade away. The picture of the rabbi’s “new finger” looks perfect, no bruising or scarring, which is unusual, to say the least.
Until pictures are released of the rabbi’s hand without the prosthetic finger in place, we should maintain our healthy skepticism, especially considering this “event” will certainly be used to justify passing draconian and unconstitutional ‘hate speech’ laws.
Here’s a video of a guy who really did have his index finger shot off: