NJ rabbi creates concealed cloak for Shabbat
This rabbi is really proud of his new “piece” of clothing.
Rabbi Raziel Cohen of Morris County, New Jersey, designed a $ 550 kapota – the long jacket donned by Hasidic men married on Shabbat and holidays – intended to comfortably conceal a gun.
After getting married about two years ago and passing the kapota milestone, “I immediately realized this was a problem,” Cohen, 24, said of the bulky garment, which is traditionally made with buttons and a belt known as a gartel.
The problem: He couldn’t easily remove the Glock 19 or the Glock 17 that he always wears at the synagogue.
“When you draw a weapon, you have to do it safely, quickly and efficiently – making sure it is not a risk to the person firing the weapon or to those around him,” said Cohen, an instructor. firearms certified by the NRA.
So he designed a “Tactical Kapota” with quick access snaps hidden under a decoy version of the buttons traditionally required for the jacket.
“The buttons are definitely too long to undo,” he said, adding that “efficiency” is essential. “The clichés are safer. With this design, you can expose the gun through these layers of material faster. “
Miami-based manufacturer Shaul Snovsky produces and sells “luxury” kapotas. “People call me all the time for the product,” he said. “I’m not trying to sell fear to anyone. You don’t want to be slaughterhouse sheep.
It’s a sentiment that spread across the Jewish community after the Boston rabbi was repeatedly stabbed outside a Jewish day school in July and a teenager was shot and killed was shot and killed outside his yeshiva. in Denver in August.
“The danger has increased. I would like to be safe and in control – I don’t want to be a victim, ”said Aaron, a New York City Hasidic in his 20s who asked the Post not to release his last name. security reasons. “It comes down to a few seconds. It is not enough time to call for help or to rely on someone else.
“This kapota allows me not to waste time,” added the married father of young children, who says he has a concealed carry permit.
Cohen, who works as a prison chaplain, is also known as the “Tactical Rabbi” because he is a firearms instructor and founder of the National Defensive Firearms Academy. He video regularly to educate people on how to protect themselves and stay safe and safe from guns. Indeed, it is not uncommon to see him one day dressed in a tactical fatigues and a monogrammed bulletproof vest and the next day in his traditional black hat and religious attire.
“People who think that anyone who carries a gun is a vigilante, that we are looking for confrontation,” Cohen said, noting that shooting a gun should be the last resort after exhausting all other layers of protection. “This is not true. People are getting killed in synagogues and places of worship – places where we never want to be the most vulnerable, but where we are the most vulnerable. I don’t want to have a weapon. fire in the synagogue, but it’s a perfect world we don’t live in. It’s sad.
Cohen, who holds a concealed port permit in a handful of states, also holds a license to own and purchase licensed firearms and ammunition in New Jersey. (There are guns that can legally be stored in the synagogue, to which the rabbi has access.)
Given the recent spate of Jewish hate crimes in the country, including a spike last spring resulting from unrest in Israel, tensions are high.
“Anyone who said he wasn’t afraid is lying,” Cohen said. “I’m not afraid just because I’m prepared. We are not trying to take on the role of law enforcement. We’re just trying to make sure that until we get there, we can protect ourselves. “