The Republican nominee’s race-based nationalism, his anti-Semitic innuendos, his position on Israel and his attacks on Muslims and immigrants are all deeply offensive. But that’s not what’s panicking most U.S. Jews.
The purpose of Rabbis Against Trump is to raise an ethical Jewish opposition to the Trump campaign — and the possibility of a Trump Presidency — in a clear, courageous, and unequivocal voice.
What is bad for minority groups in America is bad for American values – and may well turn out to be bad for American Jews.
In our increasingly complex world, Jewish values demand that we embrace the complexity Trump shuns. At all times, we must act against demagoguery.
As I watched Trump ascend to speak, I thought of my children, and I drew inspiration from the Purim story. Like Mordechai, we Jews must not bow down and kneel to a man who inspires hatred. We will not overlook his calls for violence.
The dangerous and irresponsible speech we now hear coming from Mr. Trump has the potential to foster hatred, ignite violence and cause irreparable harm to individuals and our nation at large. When a candidate’s speech veers into such unconstitutional, un-American territory as proposing a religious litmus test for entering our country, the core values of America are in jeopardy.