Man who helped stop Monsey stabber refuses reward from ‘Zionist organizations’
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Man who helped stop Monsey stabber refuses reward from ‘Zionist organizations’

After consulting with rabbi, Joseph Gluck turns down $20,000 from Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Federation of Rockland County; says his soul is not for sale

Joseph Gluck speaks to reporters the day after witnessing the attack at a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York, on December 29, 2019, (Ben Sales/JTA)
Joseph Gluck speaks to reporters the day after witnessing the attack at a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York, on December 29, 2019, (Ben Sales/JTA)

JTA — Joseph Gluck received a $20,000 reward for his role in apprehending the suspected Monsey synagogue stabber.

But it did not come from two Jewish groups that had offered the award for information leading to an arrest.

Gluck told News 12 Brooklyn last week that after consulting with his rabbi, he decided to reject the money from the “Zionist organizations” — the Jewish Federation of Rockland County and the Anti-Defamation League — because they do not represent the beliefs and values of his Haredi Orthodox community.

“I was not willing to offer my soul for $20,000. My identity for $20,000 was not for sale,” he told News 12.

Ramapo police officers escort Grafton Thomas, the suspect in the Monsey attack, from Ramapo Town Hall to a police vehicle, in Ramapo, New York, December 29, 2019. (Julius Constantine Motal/AP)

Gluck’s rabbi instead raised that amount from “people who were inspired by his actions,” according to the report.

Rabbi Dovid Feldman explained to News 12 that the ADL and Jewish Federation were about to issue a statement “to encourage and promote the Zionist idea of Jewish self-defense, of fighting back, of fighting our enemies, which happens to be contrary to our tradition.”

The check was presented to Gluck at a ceremony Thursday night in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg.

Community members celebrate the arrival of a new Torah at Chaim Rottenberg’s residence, December 29, 2019, in Monsey, New York. A day earlier, a knife-wielding man stormed into the home and stabbed multiple people as they celebrated Hanukkah in the Orthodox Jewish community. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Thomas denies stabbing anyone, and his family says he suffers from mental illness.

In January, Gluck was awarded the New York State Senate’s highest honor, the Liberty Medal.

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