Jewish Nasty Women: We must claim our history to repudiate Trump by Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

In the messy mix of my history of both privilege and struggle, I have flourished. Unlike Mr. Trump, I understand that with my accomplishments comes an obligation to create opportunities for other people who have been marginalized.

Jewish tradition teaches over and over of our obligations to those on the fringes of society. The Hebrew Bible repeats the adage “Remember you were a stranger in Egypt” no fewer than 36 times. The prophets admonish that we care for the widows and orphans in our midst. The rabbis insist that we protect the rights of the worker against abusive masters. The mystics of the Middle Ages describe a world that is shattered and broken and their modern, activist heirs build this imagery into a theology of tikkun olam, repairing the world.

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