Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein speaks at the United Nations in New York. Courtesy Chabad

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, the senior rabbi at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, told the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday that people are “inherently good,” despite what happened to his congregation.

“We must never react with defeatism, which simply rewards evil and feeds darkness; our fear of evil only feeds and animates it,” Goldstein said. “Instead, we must remain strong and practice our faith even more openly and more brazenly and become even brighter agents of light.”

He reminded the delegates that “we are all inherently good, and that we each have the potential to change the world for the better, one good deed at a time.”

Goldstein appeared before the world body in New York just two months after the deadly shooting at his synagogue. He was the guest of Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN.

The address was a call on countries around the world to collaborate to mitigate anti-Semitism and hate speech in general.

Goldstein lost his right index finger during the April 27 shooting, during which one woman died and three others were injured. Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, was killed at the scene of the shooting, which occurred on the last day of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

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