Rabbi speaks after being attacked, stabbed in Brighton

BOSTON — Rabbi Shlomo Noginski retraced his steps outside the Shaloh House in Brighton to show us where he was attacked and stabbed several times on Thursday.

Speaking through a translator, he says he’s still in pain but thankful to return home to his family and community this weekend.

“Thank God he’s feeling much better, it’s a real miracle he’s alive,” said Rabbi Dan Rodkin, who translated for Rabbi Noginski on Sunday.

Noginski says he was on the phone outside the synagogue when a man approached him with a gun, demanding the keys to his car while trying to force him into the car as well.

“So at this point he understood it wasn’t just a robbery because he was trying to get him into the car,” said Rabbi Rodkin.

That’s when Noginski tried to run away to a park across the street.

Then he says the attacker put his gun away and pulled out a knife.

“The person clearly had a lot of hate inside because it took him over 10 minutes to fight and he would not give up, he would keep striking him so it clearly was hate,” said Rabbi Rodkin.

After Rabbi Noginski was stabbed 8 times, police found his attacker and arrested him.

Now investigators are looking into whether this was a hate crime.

“We Jewish people, we’re used to hate in our history, we saw it alot,” said Rabbi Rodkin. “What is really new is it’s happening here in this soil.”

Rabbi Noginski tells Boston 25 News he wants to turn something horrible into something good.

So he’s now planning to start an educational program to train 8 new rabbis since he was stabbed 8 times.

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