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Nick Hall: This new year it’s better to receive than give — and this is the greatest gift of all

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From the clanging of bells to the passing of the plate, it’s that time of year once again when churches and nonprofits are quick to remind you, “It’s better to give than to receive.” We all obey dutifully — we buy presents for our families, make a year-end donation, and commit to giving more of ourselves through New Year’s resolutions.

We’re experts at giving, but we have a lot more to learn about how to receive.

In a culture where we work our way to the top, receiving a gift is disarming. It’s passive — something that is done to us rather than something we can control. We would much rather earn or take what we want than receive what others want for us.

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The Bible tells us that the first mistake humans ever made was taking from God what was intended to be a gift all along. We’re so bad at receiving, we can’t even trust God to give us what’s best.

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Instead of making a resolution to exercise more, eat healthier or reduce stress, I want to challenge you this new year to receive directly from God. The apostle Paul wrote to his protege Timothy, “Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” The good news is, you don’t have to climb a mountain, burn incense or practice meditation to hear from God. All you have to do is open a book.

Over the course of world history, no book has made a bigger impact than the Bible. Many people have objections to the Bible, but no one can deny the overall positive impact it has had in fields like healthcare, relief work, and care for the poor. This book has shaped the worldview of hundreds of millions of people over thousands of years, and it can do the same for you.

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The main reason people don’t read the Bible is a lack of time or understanding. Today, more tools than ever before are now available to help you receive the Bible. Ministries like Streetlights put the New Testament to hip hop tracks so you can listen on your commute or at the gym. Groups like The Bible Project make short, animated videos to clearly explain books or themes of the Bible.

And if you’ve ever started reading the Bible and quickly lost steam, an initiative called Together in Scripture will make it easy to experience the story of the Bible in an accessible way through short reading plans.

Like all goals, receiving from God is easier to do when we do it with others. This year, millions of people from over one hundred countries will participate in a campaign called Year of the Bible, a worldwide initiative to see more people in the Bible in 2020 than ever before. There is no better time to engage the Bible than right now.

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This year, instead of trying harder, would you commit to receive from God? There’s a simple exercise you can practice to put your body in a posture of receiving. Wherever you are, take a moment to turn your palms upward. Simply ask God, “Help me receive what you want to give me this year.”

I believe 2020 can be the best year of your life. And it won’t come because you worked harder or gave more. It will happen because you opened your hands and your heart to receive the transformative wisdom God has for you in his Word.

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New York City mugging victim, 60, dies 3 days after brutal Christmas Eve beating over $1

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A 60-year-old New York City man died in a hospital Friday, three days after unidentified suspect brutally beat him, demanding money while he walked down a Bronx street early Christmas Eve morning,  police said Saturday.

Six muggers punched, kicked and stomped on Juan Fresnada as he tried to keep his partner, Byron Caceres, 29, safe from the attackers who robbed him of $1, ABC News reported.

“My husband tried to defend me,” Caceres told The New York Post. “The guy had his fist ready like he was ready to attack me. My husband said, ‘Don’t you get close to him.’”

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Caceres said Fresnada told him to run away.

“They were beating him for 10 or 15 minutes,” he said. “I went back and found him on the floor. He was breathing heavily and bleeding from his head.”

The beating was caught on surveillance video but no suspects have been arrested, ABC reported.

“He takes care of me,” Caceres said. “He’s very calm and I’m the one who is stressed all the time.”

He told The Daily News he didn’t think the attack was a hate crime.

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The couple have been together since 2015, The Daily News reported.

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Sweethearts Forever. Then Came Alzheimer’s, Murder and Suicide.

It began almost playfully, like tiny hiccups in her mind. She would forget she had already changed the sheets and change them again, or repeat a thought in the same breath.

Then the illness amplified.

She grew confused by everyday tasks. Became convinced her parents were still alive and insisted upon a visit. At social gatherings, she was anxious and fearful. She forgot how to sew and cross-stitch. Forgot the faces of her children.

She did remember her name. Alma Shaver. But not her age. Eighty.

And sometimes, she did not know her husband.

He was Richard Shaver, a man whose wife of 60 years had been found by dementia, that thief that robs the minds of 50 million people worldwide. So common, yet so personally cruel — it comes with no road map for those tending to the afflicted.

For a while, Mr. Shaver managed. He would sit next to his wife and rub her hand, her knee, to try to calm the unease. He left notes explaining simple tasks. If she was stuck repeating herself, he asked yes or no questions to break the cycle. Did you graduate in 1957, Alma? Why, yes.

When visiting family, he picked out her clothes, usually the beige sweatshirt with the collar and a bird stitched on the front. He resorted to fast food in the drive-through lane so she wouldn’t have to get out of the car.

By the spring of this year, things had gotten worse, as they always do with an illness that takes and takes and takes. Ms. Shaver had slipped beyond a murky fog that her husband could not join.

Mr. Shaver waited until the two were alone in their Brick, N.J., home, a white colonial they had bought in retirement because the deck opened up to a lagoon.

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The view from Richard and Alma Shaver’s deck, where they spent many afternoons sitting on the swing.Credit…Bryan Anselm for The New York Times

It was a warm Sunday afternoon in June, the kind of day where, in healthier times, he would have steered his boat out on the water, and she would have sat on the deck swing waiting for his return.

Instead, Ms. Shaver was in the upstairs bedroom asleep, the only peace she ever seemed to find.

Mr. Shaver, 79, crawled onto the canopy bed — the one they had shared for years — and shot his wife.

Then he lay down beside her and shot himself.

He asked her to the Candyland Cotillion, a high school dance, in 1956. He arrived in a dark suit with his blond hair slicked to one side. She wore a sleeveless dress and a circle of pearls. He swiped her dance card and scrawled his name across all seven lines.

They had known each other since childhood, not unusual in the village of Shadyside, Ohio. That night, Alma Archibald went home and declared, “I’m going to marry that Richard Shaver.”

Two years later, they eloped.

They eventually moved to Landing, N.J., where they raised three daughters. By then, Mr. Shaver had worked for NASA and G.E. in electrical engineering and was traveling often for RCA.

Bright and fiercely independent, he insisted on doing home repairs himself. He bought a motorcycle and taught his girls to ride it.

He liked to plan ahead, hiding envelopes of cash around the house in case of emergency and writing a guide to finding each one.

Ms. Shaver was strong-willed and warm, meticulous about her home and her appearance. She had meals on the table at 5 p.m., dressed up as Mrs. Claus, led a Girl Scout troop, delivered handmade gifts. Families liked to use her as their emergency contact.

Friends were drawn to the Shavers’ energy, charisma and laughter.

“They were absolutely soul mates — crazy about each other,” said Gerry O’Connell, 71, who lived on the same block as the Shavers for two decades. “You’d never hear one say anything bad about the other. My husband traveled and I’d get mad, I’m here alone with the kids. But Alma never would get mad at Dick. She was just happy to drive down in the snow to pick him up at the train station.”

In 1992, the couple moved to Brick near Barnegat Bay where they were a comforting sight in the neighborhood — pulling weeds, riding bikes, holding hands.

At home and when visiting others, the two tended to be in the same room, often sitting side by side.

Mr. Shaver had always been flippant about what he wanted in his final years.

He would joke about overdosing on pills when the time came, or say he didn’t want a funeral, just a party with lots of booze and funny stories. He referred to nursing homes as “The Place.”

“Don’t send me to The Place,” he would say.

When his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago, Mr. Shaver avoided discussing it and grew evasive about the future. He dismissed offers of help and suggestions that he hire a home health aide. His daughter Karen McDonald wanted to buy him a home near her. He declined.

“He didn’t want to talk about it, just like, ‘Mind your own business, I’m taking care of it,’” Ms. McDonald, 58, said. “His whole life was always about her. She was the most important. Not the kids or the grandkids. It was her.”

One of the few times Mr. Shaver admitted to being rattled by the disease was when his wife lashed out at him, recalled his daughter Kristy Truland, 52.

“She started screaming, ‘I don’t know who you are, get away from me, don’t touch me!’ to my father in the house,” said Ms. Truland, who spoke to her parents every day.

Her father had saved well for retirement, and she urged him to think about moving to an assisted living center.

“He didn’t want to be a burden, didn’t want to go to a nursing home — none of it,” Ms. Truland said. “And definitely didn’t want to leave her for us to take care of. He would say, ‘You’re just gonna put her in a home.’”

Mr. Shaver’s own health was a mystery. He complained of back pain, but never revealed the results of doctors’ visits.

At one point he declared that he and his wife were going to take a break from doctors, because they didn’t seem to be doing any good.

Their home grew dusty and unfamiliar. Mr. Shaver turned down his daughters’ gift of a cleaning service. The home had once been a hub for the family, where the couple hosted children and grandchildren. But Ms. Shaver herself had become childlike.

“The first time she didn’t know me, I was crying in the shower,” Ms. Truland said, “because my mother was gone.”

In late May, Ms. Shaver fell in the garage, nearly taking down Mr. Shaver with her. The incident unnerved him.

Ms. Shaver ended up having to go to the hospital. The following week, Valerie Dominioni, a friend who lived across the water, stopped by with a rose.

“Alma really appreciated it,” Mr. Shaver later told Ms. Dominioni on the phone. “You’re such a good neighbor.” He sounded emotional.

Ms. Dominioni, 75, thinks of that call often, as well as something Ms. Shaver said to her earlier that afternoon.

“We have to go away,” Ms. Shaver said. “You understand, don’t you?”

Their bodies were discovered on June 10 after police arrived for a welfare check. Ms. Truland, their daughter, had been unable to reach them for their usual phone call.

Coroner’s reports would reveal that Ms. Shaver tested positive for the painkiller Oxymorphone and had been shot in the back of her neck. Mr. Shaver had been shot in the mouth.

The reports also noted that Mr. Shaver had metastatic tumors on his liver and kidneys and suffered from emphysema.

Authorities would file away the deaths as a murder-suicide, an act of domestic violence, and the news was posted on an anti-gun violence website.

Months later, the surviving family members have come to see it like this: It is not the ending they would have chosen. But they won’t hold it against their father.

“If you knew him, it makes sense,” his daughter Linda Shaver, 55, said.

They have no idea when or how Mr. Shaver acquired the revolver. Going through his things later, they found a box of pills with a note that had one daughter’s phone number and a receipt for a recent hotel stay. Perhaps a quieter plan had failed. Ms. Shaver had been having trouble swallowing lately, a symptom of the disease’s progression.

Mr. Shaver’s death especially stung his daughters. They were accustomed to their mother not being entirely there. They never thought their father would soon leave, too.

But they are thankful to not be embroiled in a murder trial. And impelled to now lead full lives, aware that the disease could come for them, too.

There is one thing that still makes them collapse inside when they reflect upon it all: the thought of their father in his last hour on that bed.

They imagine him lying next to his dead wife, placing the towel over his face, slipping the gun into his mouth, telling himself it was time to pull the trigger. He must have felt so alone.

Two weeks after the Shavers died, their family had a party.

It was not the one Mr. Shaver had once requested in lieu of a funeral, but there were fireworks and flowers and spinning lights.

Their granddaughter, Alissa Ryan, got married.

Ms. Ryan wrote a speech for a host to read that acknowledged the tragedy, but asked guests to welcome a new love story. It set the tone. Let’s be happy today.

Family and friends danced, toasted, embraced, caroused.

There was a moment before the celebration that Ms. Ryan had wondered how exactly one continues on with a wedding so soon. But, while some were upset at her grandfather’s timing, she was not.

“They were in pain for how many years? They didn’t even know what day it was,” Ms. Ryan, 31, said.

Mr. Shaver had, in fact, been aware of the upcoming nuptials. The only note he left behind was inside a blue envelope addressed to Ms. Ryan and her husband and placed on the dining room table.

It offered no insight into the end of the Shavers’ time together, only a simple wish from a man who had come to know what must be cherished.

“May you both have many years of happiness,” it read. “May life be good to you.”

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Detroit Lions receiver Marvin Jones and wife mourning loss of son Marlo, 6 months old

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Tragedy struck the home of Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones and his wife on Friday when their 6-month-old son Marlo died suddenly.

The cause of the child’s death wasn’t immediately clear.

Both Jones and the NFL‘s Lions posted messages on social media regarding the loss.

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“You will always be in our hearts,” Jones wrote in tribute to his son. “We will always remember you. … Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wings.”

Marlo was the Joneses’ fifth child. The couple have three older sons and a daughter, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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“Earlier today, we were informed by Marvin and Jazmyn Jones about the sudden passing of their youngest son, Marlo,” the Detroit Lions wrote in a statement. “The Detroit Lions fully support Marvin and Jazmyn during this extremely difficult time.

“Marvin and Jazmyn embody the true meaning of family, and the example they set has made them an inspiration to so many in our community. We thank everyone for the outpouring of support.”

Jones, 29, a native of Los Angeles who played college football at Cal-Berkeley, is in his fourth season with the Lions but has been sidelined since Dec. 8 because of an ankle injury, the Free Press reported.

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In November, the Lions posted a video that featured Jones and his children.

Back in 2016, Jones made headlines by helping pay training costs as his sister Vanessa Jones, a former track star at the University of Southern California, pursued her dream of trying to make the U.S. Olympic team.

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Clemson tops Ohio State 29-23, will face LSU for national championship

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Trevor Lawrence connected with Travis Etienne on a 34-yard touchdown with 1:49 left in the fourth quarter and No. 3 Clemson beat No. 2 Ohio State 29-23 Saturday night at the Fiesta Bowl to advance to the College Football Playoff championship game.

The Tigers went 94 yards on four plays in 1:18, with Lawrence completing all three of his passes and mixing in an 11-yard run. The sophomore quarterback who has never lost a college start passed for 259 yards and two scores and ran for a career-high 107 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown late in the first half.

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Clemson running back Travis Etienne, celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Trevor Lawrence during the second half of the team’s Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal against Ohio State on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (Associated Press)

Lawrence added a 2-point conversion to Tee Higgins, but it left plenty of time for Ohio State and Justin Fields to respond. The Buckeyes drove to the Clemson 23, but on second-and-7, Fields fired to the end zone and was picked off by Nolan Turner with 37 seconds left. Ohio State receiver Chris Olave had broken off his route and left Fields throwing to no one.

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One more knee from Lawrence and defending national champion Clemson had secured its 29th straight victory and fourth trip to the CFP championship game in five years.

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LSU’s Joe Burrow learned of Carley McCord’s plane crash during live TV interview

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Louisiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow was caught off-guard by a post-game reporter who asked him after LSU’s Peach Bowl victory about the death of Carley McCord, a popular Louisiana sports reporter and daughter-in-law of LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.

“Oh my gosh,” Burrow said as reporter Dari Nowkhah unintentionally broke the news to him.

“Did you not know that?” Nowkhah asked.

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Burrow said he hadn’t heard. “That’s a tough one,” he said, searching for words.

“I’m going have to see Coach now,” he added. “Obviously he’s a great man, great family.”

He said he hoped the world was praying for Ensminger.

Nowkhah congratulated Burrow on his win and apologized for having broken the news to him. Burrow and his LSU teammates had just won a decisive victory against Oklahoma to advance to the National Championship game when he was asked about the deadly crash.

McCord was identified as one of five people flying to the game in Atlanta who were killed in a small plane crash in Lafayette, La.

When Ensminger heard about the crash he said he didn’t want the players to hear before the game, but some found out anyway, The Washington Post reported.

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McCord was a New Orleans-based freelance sideline reporter who worked for WDSU-TV in New Orleans.

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Monsey Stabbing: 5 Wounded at Rabbi’s Home in N.Y. Suburb

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An intruder with a knife stormed into the home of a Hasidic rabbi in a New York suburb on Saturday, stabbing and wounding five people, officials said.

The home of the rabbi, Chaim Rottenberg, is in Monsey, N.Y., an area with a large population of ultra-Orthodox Jews.

The attack happened during a Hanukkah party around 10 p.m., when a man entered the home and stabbed the five people before fleeing, officials said.

Police officials announced around midnight that the attacker had been caught, but they did not immediately indicate whether they were investigating the violence as a bias crime.

“The suspect fled the scene, but he is in custody at this time,” police officials said.

Michael B. Specht, the town supervisor for Ramapo, which includes Monsey, said the attacker had been arrested in the 32nd Precinct, which is in Harlem.

The attacker’s identity was not disclosed by the authorities.

“Obviously, there’s been a history in the region of violent attacks upon the Orthodox community,” Mr. Specht said. “This is something very nightmarish to have happen in our town.”

Yossi Gestetner, a co-founder of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley region, said five people were stabbed in the attack, and two were critically wounded. Among the victims was a son of the rabbi.

“The house had many dozens of people in there,” Mr. Gestetner said in a phone interview. “It was a Hanukkah celebration.”

Peggy Green, a Monsey resident who is Jewish, said she was at the Evergreen Kosher Market at around 10 p.m. when she heard that there had been a stabbing nearby on Forshay Road.

Ms. Green said the market, which is usually open until midnight on Saturdays and was busy with people shopping for Hanukkah parties, closed early.

Ms. Green, who lives nearby, said she tried to drive near the rabbi’s home but found Forshay Road blocked off by a long line of ambulances and police cars.

“It’s very scary,” she said, of being Jewish in Rockland County, adding that she thinks synagogues should have more armed security.

Ed Day, the county executive for Rockland County, which is northwest of New York City, condemned the attack.

“Law enforcement in Rockland will leave no stone unturned as they bring those guilty of this crime to swift and severe justice,” Mr. Day said in a statement.

Last month, an Orthodox Jewish man was stabbed just steps away from a local synagogue as he was walking to morning prayers. The synagogue’s surveillance cameras showed a vehicle stopping near the man and then the attack on him, according to a manager there.

No one has been charged in that attack, and officials have not determined that it was a bias crime.

Rockland County, a collection of five towns northwest of New York City, has a population of more than 300,000 people. About 31 percent of the population is Jewish, according to the state, and the county has one of the largest concentrations of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the country.

The ultra-Orthodox population has surged particularly in recent years as Hasidic families from Queens and Brooklyn, priced out of their neighborhoods, sought to build communities elsewhere.

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5 People Injured In Stabbing Attack In NY Rabbi’s Home During Hanukkah Celebration

Five people were injured Saturday night when a man armed with what appeared to be a machete burst into a rabbi’s home in a New York City suburb and began slashing at people attending a Hanukkah celebration, authorities said.

The man, wearing a scarf over his face, chased victims as they ran from the scene in Monsey in Rockland County north of Manhattan, then fled in a car, CBS News reported. He was captured by New York City police around midnight in the 32nd Precinct in Harlem, said Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel.

The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Grafton E. Thomas, of Greenwood Lake, New York, will face five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary, Weidel said.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS An Orthodox Jewish man stands in front of a residence in Monsey, New York, following a stabbing late Saturday during a Hanukkah celebration.

He was arraigned Sunday morning and pleaded not guilty to the charges. Bail was set at $5 million.

Five victims, all of them identified as Hasidic Jews, were rushed to local hospitals; two of them were in critical condition, according to the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council. One victim was stabbed at least six times, according to the council. 

“The house had many dozens of people in there” at the time of the attack, Yossi Gestetner, the council’s co-founder, told The New York Times.  

Gestetner said the rabbi’s son was one of the victims.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Josef Gluck talks to members of the media about how he obstructed the attacker Saturday night at a rabbi’s home.

Aron Kohn, who told The Times he was inside the home during the attack, said the weapon was about the size of a broomstick.

“I was praying for my life,” the 65-year-old told the paper. “He started attacking people right away as soon as he came in the door. We didn’t have time to react at all.”

Josef Gluck, who was also inside the home, told The Associated Press that he hit the assailant with a coffee table during the attack.

“The guy came in wielding a big knife, sword, machete — I don’t know what it was,” he said of the weapon. “He took it out of his holder, started swinging.”

Levy Kraus told the AP that he saw a large man enter the rabbi’s home with a covered object. 

“He had something in his hand. It looked like an umbrella. It was covered,” the 15-year-old said. He also said he saw the man running from the house, screaming “I’ll get you.”

The motive for the attack remains unknown. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who visited the rabbi’s home on Sunday morning, called the attack an “act of domestic terrorism.”

“This is intolerance meets ignorance meets illegality,” he told reporters. “This is an intolerant time in this country. We see anger, we see hatred exploding. It is an American cancer in the body politic.”

Cuomo noted that Saturday’s attack was the 13th anti-Semitic incident to plague New York state in the past few weeks.

At least six suspected anti-Semitic attacks had occurred in New York City in the last week alone. Police patrols were being boosted in three Brooklyn neighborhoods in response.

The counterterrorism unit of the New York City Police Department was monitoring the situation in Monsey, a community with a large population of ultra-Orthodox Jews. Last month, a teacher and father of four in Monsey was critically injured when he was stabbed on his way to synagogue.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Ramapo police officers escort Grafton Thomas from Ramapo Town Hall to a police vehicle on Sunday. Thomas is accused of stabbing multiple people as they gathered to celebrate Hanukkah at a rabbi’s home.

The attack Saturday occurred in the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, who heads Congregation Netzach Yisroel next door to his house, according to the Rockland/Westchester Journal.

After the attack, the rabbi continued with his weekly Sabbath closure ceremonies, joining his congregants in declaring gratitude for the lives saved, Congregation Secretary Naftali Silberberg said in a statement Sunday to CBS.

“I thank the Hashem for the open miracles we saw last night,” Rottenberg said in the same statement. “Though we must all take the precautions that have unfortunately become basic security necessities – locking our shul and school doors and having an emergency preparedness plan – we will forge forward in faith and thanks that we continue to live under G-d’s ultimate protection.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed in a statement: “We will NOT allow this to become the new normal. We’ll use every tool we have to stop these attacks once and for all.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement that she was “deeply disturbed” by the attack. “There is zero tolerance for acts of hate of any kind, and we will continue to monitor this horrific situation. I stand with the Jewish community tonight and every night.”

Other current and former area representatives tweeted their outrage over the violence. Manhattan City Councilmember Mark Levine called the attack amid a frightening increase in anti-Semitic violence a “full blown crisis.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also condemned the recent displays of anti-Semitism, adding that Israel “will cooperate however possible with the local authorities in order to assist in defeating this phenomenon.”

President Donald Trump, in a statement Sunday afternoon, decried the attack as “horrific” while similarly condemning anti-Semitism.

“We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism. Melania and I wish the victims a quick and full recovery,” he tweeted.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump released her own statement on Twitter earlier that morning that criticized the local government’s and national media’s responses to the violence, accusing both of not doing enough.

The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council said early Sunday that people had continued their celebrations in the synagogue located next to Rottenberg’s home following Saturday’s stabbing attack.

Footage of the gathering shared on Twitter shows congregants clapping and singing. “‘The grace of God did not end and his mercy did not leave us,’ is a rough translation of the lyrics,” the council said of the clip.  

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Several People Injured In Stabbing Attack In NY Rabbi’s Home During Hanukkah Celebration

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At least five people were injured Saturday night when a man armed with a machete stormed into a Hasidic rabbi’s home in a New York City suburb and began slashing at a group attending a Hanukkah celebration, CBS News reported.

The man reportedly chased victims as they ran from the scene in Monsey in Rockland County, then fled in a car. He was captured around midnight in Manhattan by New York City police, according to local officials.

Five victims were rushed to local hospitals; two of them were in critical condition, according to the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council.

The motive for the attack was still unknown late Saturday. But there were at least six suspected anti-Semitic attacks in New York City in the week prior.

The Counterterrorism unit of the New York City Police Department was monitoring the situation.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed in a statement: “We will NOT allow this to become the new normal. We’ll use every tool we have to stop these attacks once and for all.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement that she was “deeply disturbed” by the attack. “There is zero tolerance for acts of hate of any kind, and we will continue to monitor this horrific situation. I stand with the Jewish community tonight and every night.”

Other current and former area representatives tweeted their outrage over the violence. Manhattan City Council member Mark Levine called the attack amid a frightening increase in anti-Semitic violence a “full blown crisis.”

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

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New York synagogue stabbing attack results in several injuries: reports

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A stabbing attack Saturday night at a synagogue in a suburb north of New York City has left several people injured, according to reports.

Video posted on social media from Monsey – a town of about 18,000 residents about 35 miles north of New York City – shows emergency responders rushing victims to ambulances, surrounded by the flashing red lights of numerous emergency vehicles.

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Steve Lieberman, a reporter with The Journal News in Rockland County, posted on Twitter that at least three people had been stabbed just before 10 p.m. and that local police were conducting a search of the area.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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