Some rabbis want to speak out strongly against Trump, who has alarmed much of the Jewish community with his views deemed as racist and possibly anti-Semitic. Those rabbis are weighing how clearly they can express their concern about Trump’s candidacy without breaking Internal Revenue Service rules that say tax-exempt congregations cannot endorse a candidate, though rabbis can express their viewpoints on political issues and can personally endorse when they’re not representing their congregations. Some are even considering putting IRS rules aside and endorsing Clinton, given what they consider to be the high stakes of this election.
Other rabbis worry about offending Republican congregants. Or they wonder if the most sacred days of the year should be about spiritual reflection, not worldly political fights.