Friday, September 03, 2021
Rabbi Raziel Cohen doesn't want you to have to draw a gun in synagogue. But if you must, he doesn't want you to waste precious time unbuttoning your kapota, a type of jacket worn by men in the Chabad Hasidic community on Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
So Cohen, a firearms instructor who goes by the moniker "The Tactical Rabbi," worked with Shaul Snovsky, who sells kapotas in South Florida, to create the Tactical Kapota. The jacket, which looks like any other kapota, closes with snaps instead of buttons for easy opening. Its cost: $550.
"The issue came up with when you wear a kapota … the 'gartel' gets in the way and the kapota gets in the way and it can make it dangerous to draw your weapon," Cohen said, using the Yiddish word for the belt worn over the kapota.
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