Dallas rabbi says car was spray-painted with swastika

A rabbi currently involved in a lawsuit with the City of Dallas recently discovered that his car had been spray-painted with a swastika, according to officials with the Liberty Institute, the non-profit legal group representing the rabbi.

The car belongs to Rabbi Yaakov Rich. He leads the congregation of Toras Chaim in a home used as a synagogue on Mumford Court.

"I felt personally violated," Rich said. "I think it's a violation on the Jewish community and it doesn't reflect well on everybody else."

While his attorneys from the Liberty Institute call it a hate crime, Dallas police will wait for their intelligence unit to investigate before labeling it as such.

"You know I would rather think it was just the action of a juvenile who didn't really consider what he was doing and doesn't really understand the implications of his actions," said Rich.

A homeowner who lives near the synagogue tried to sue Rich in 2014, claiming that the rabbi was violating the homeowner's association rules and that the services were causing traffic congestion.

However, a judge ruled earlier this year that services can continue to be held in the home.

As of early March, the congregation now faces a new lawsuit. The City of Dallas claims that the synagogue does not have a certificate of occupancy for "non-residential use" of the property, which the city says is required.

The new lawsuit also says the synagogue has not demonstrated it can safely operate according to city laws.

Rich says if the swastika isn't someone's message relating to that lawsuit, it's awfully coincidental.

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