In the wake of a deadly attack on a Chabad house in California, Shluchim will press for a mandatory moment of silence in American schools, a measure that will reduce violence.
In a release, Sunday, the Washington-based American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) said chapters in all 50 states would advocate for a moment of silence, a measure first proposed by the Rebbe.
A number of Shluchim have spoken about what the say is the proven effect of a moment of silence in reducing violence, citing government statistics correlating a drop in violence in areas where schools observe the practice.
“A focus in silence for even one minute at the beginning of the school day can have a huge impact on the rest of the day and on the life of a child”, said Rabbi Levi Shemtov, the executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch said in the release. “We have a trove of data proving just that, with virtually no downside.”
The renewed effort comes in the wake of an attack last month in Poway California, a town north of San Diego, when a 19-year-old white supremacist allegedly opened fire, killing Lori Gilbert-Kaye, and wounding three, including the rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein.
Rabbi Goldstein spoke of the idea at the White House National Day of Prayer last week. “The Rebbe said, ‘We need to go back to the basics and introduce a moment of silence in all public schools’,” Goldstein said to applause, referring to Schneerson, “‘so that children, from early childhood on, could recognize that there’s more good to the world, that they are valuable, that there is accountability, and every human being is created in God’s image.’
“If something good could come out of this terrible, terrible, horrific event, let us bring back a moment of silence to our public school system,” Rabbi Goldstein said. President Donald Trump called the sentiment “beautiful.”