Brother of Florida Shooting Victim On Why He Wore A Yarmulke During Meeting With Trump


The brother of a Jewish student killed in the Florida high school shooting on Feb. 14 said there was a strong message behind his decision to wear a yarmulke during his recent meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Exactly a week after Meadow Pollack, 18, was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., her parents and two brothers, Huck and Hunter, flew to Washington, DC, for a roundtable discussion with President Donald Trump at the White House.

Ahead of the televised meeting, they also had a private sit-down with the president in the Oval Office. Hunter wore a yarmulke and later told, “I wore it there because I’m proud to be Jewish.”

He added, “I wanted to wear my kippah in the highest office of the land. My Jewish peers in this country need to be proud of being Jewish, and that’s how we can honor Meadow’s memory as a beautiful Jewish girl.”

Rabbi Avraham Friedman of Chabad of Coral Springs, a longtime friend of the Pollack family, has been helping the family throughout the mourning process by providing support, praying with them, and teaching the family the traditional mourners’ prayers.

Hunter said, “I thought of Rabbi Friedman as I walked into the Oval Office with my kippah. The tefillin, the learning, the Jewish stuff has been very comforting to me and my family.”

(C) 2017 . The Algemeiner      .      Shiryn Solny




  1. “The tefillin, the learning, the Jewish stuff has been very comforting to me and my family.”

    Jewish “stuff”, huh? That’s a nice way of putting it…

  2. Real judaism. It is his im ain ani li mi li. Chabad can encourage. Applaud the student.

    Great for jewish futures. Every yid with a head covering in affairs is a support for another.

    If we want rights in America, we MUST wear our head covers and tzitzits in or under our clothing. Why should Hashem respect our cause when we do not take pride.

    Wonderful story. Glad the chabad can help.


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