New York rabbi who was stabbed at his home on Hanukkah night dies 3 months after machete attack
One of the victims from last year New York stabbing during Hanukkah has died.
72-year-old rabbi, Josef Neumann, was injured in a machete attack in Monsey, New York while celebrating Hanukkah. He died of his injures Sunday, his daughter Nicky Kohen confirmed.
The man who stabbed Neumann was 37-year-old Grafton Thomas. He ran into Neumann’s house with an 18-inch machete during the holiday celebration and yelled “No one is leaving”, and attack people in the home.
Neumann had several stab wounds to his neck, arms and head, one of which penetrated his brain. He underwent surgery in February after which he was implanted with breathing and feeding tubes.
Thomas was charged with a federal hate crime in January.
Yisroel Kraus, who was one of the guests at the rabbi's home on that tragic night, described Neumann as an "incredibly kind human being."
"One of the most selfless people I know," Kraus said. "Since I knew him, he was a very poor man. He never had a dime to his name and always goes around collecting money for other poor families. It was never about himself."