Texas Rabbi gives death row inmate his last rites – tefillin
“When I showed him the tefillin, he smiled,” said Rabbi Dovid Goldstein. “And no one ever smiles on death row.”
Rabbi Dovid Goldstein, a chaplain in the Texas prison system, brought some light into a dark place when he secured for a Jewish death row inmate the right to put on tefillin, as part of his last rites.
16 years ago, Jedidia Murphy killed a 79-year-old woman. Murphy was sentenced to death, and has since served time in Livingston, Texas.
Goldstein spent three months arranging for Murphy, who had never put on tefillin before, the chance to fulfill
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