In this week's message, Rabbi Eckstein spoke of recent neo-Nazi threats against a Jewish community in Montana, as well as the need for those of us of faith to come together in solidarity against hatred. It seems that the police force in the affected area is displaying such faithful friendship, as Forward's Sam Kestenbaum reports that the Whitefish Police Department has hung a mezuzah - the traditional Jewish case containing Scripture - on the door of its police station:
The police force of Whitefish, Montana — the site of the neo-Nazi march that wasn’t — has just nailed a mezuzah on the door of their station in a sign of solidarity with the beleaguered Jewish community.
During a group tour of Whitefish by Orthodox rabbis from the U.S. and Canada, Rabbi Adam Scheier, a congregational leader from Montreal, asked Police Chief William Dial if he would consider putting a mezuzah on his office door.
According to public Facebook post by Scheier, Dial said, “No, I won’t put it on my office door. I want to put in a more central location, where everyone will see it...”