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New York Rabbi Teaches Jewish Kids to Fight Back Against “Knockout Game”

Rabbi Gary Moskowitz wants to teach young kids karate to defend themselves

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: December 2nd, 2013 in Culture » Society » News
Gary Moskowitz being “knocked out” by a studentPic: J.C Rice

The extremely violent, irrational, and terrifying “Knockout Game” has swept through North America over the last few months. If you’re unfamiliar with this so-called “game”, essentially the only rules are that an innocent person is unexpectedly “knocked out”, usually with a punch to the face, by a complete stranger on the street.

The “Knockout Game” has been affiliated with many hate crimes. In Brooklyn alone, at least eight Jews have fallen victim to an attacker playing the game. While many people in the Jewish community are scared to leave their homes, a local Rabbi has another solution: empower young people to defend themselves.

According to The New York Post, when Rabbi Gary Moskowitz was a child in the Bronx in the 60’s, he was bullied and beat up quite often.

“I wore a yarmulke, and I was a target…I was once dragged up six stories to a rooftop by a gang ... They held me over the ledge,” he said.

At 14 years old, Moskowitz attend a summer camp sponsored by the Jewish Defense League where he was taught karate.

“I came back, and I was able to do 400 push-ups,” he explained.

Shortly after returning, he encountered a previous bully that had beaten him up and peed on his yarmulke.

“He threw a punch, and it came at me in slow motion. I ... brought him down,” he said. “I could have hit him, but I didn’t. I didn’t have to. It was like angels were singing.”

In the early 80's, Moskowitz became a cop, helping to defend the streets of New York. These days, he is an Orthodox rabbi who teaches self-defense at a dojo in Flushing.

Moskowitz is now using his influence within the community to encourage young Jewish people to fight back, just as he did as a teenager.

“If Jewish kids started fighting back, they wouldn’t get picked on so much,” said Moskowitz, a seventh-degree karate black belt. “I’m just trying to encourage the Jewish community to do that.”

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