Orthodox rabbis condemn Donald Trump’s ‘hateful rhetoric and intolerant policy proposals’

August 19, 2016

In the current presidential election, we have been deeply troubled to hear proposals that condemn whole groups and which are justified by pointing to evil behaviors by members of that group or religion. Wholesale condemnations — such as the proposal to ban all Muslim immigration into the United States — violate the principle of individual responsibility and violate the fundamental religious principle of “love thy neighbor as thyself,” which is one of the greatest commandments of Judaism (see Jerusalem Talmud, Nedarim 9:4). These proposals violate the biblical prohibitions to spread hatred or slander about groups and individuals and violate the oft-repeated biblical command to love the stranger.

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