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Rabbi reacts to hateful messages placed around downtown Lexington

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Leaders in the Jewish community are reacting to hateful messages that were placed around downtown Lexington this weekend.

The messages were spread via QR codes posted around town. They took you to a site filled with speeches from an anti-Semitic author.

Rabbi Shlomo Litvin from the Chabad of the Bluegrass says the community needs to come together now before hateful words turn into hateful actions.

“Every time we see an issue like this, the reaction from the community has been just an absolutely tremendous one,” Rabbi Litvin said.

These messages come just weeks after an attack during a Chanukah celebration that sent one person to the hospital. Rabbi Litvin says the reaction from the Lexington community has always been one of warmth and togetherness.

He says that with each new action taken against the Jewish community he believes there is a chance for the rest of Lexington to stand up and condemn the actions...

“It’s a negative view that looks backward and not forwards and every time that a hateful action like this is taken, it gives the community another chance to take a step forward, to take a step in unity, to take a step in light,” Rabbi Litvin said. “When people see that the community stands against this, then actions like this don’t happen in the future.”

Rabbi Litvin encouraged everyone to ask your organization leaders, community leaders what their stance on this is. He said only by coming together can we move past this hate.

We also reached out to Mayor Linda Gorton who said racism has no place in Lexington. Mayor Gorton also says she’s reaching out to see if the city can help with cleanup.

She is encouraging people who know anything about the stickers to reach out to the police.

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