American rabbis blowing off Trump at the High Holidays: “An immoral form of grandstanding at the expense of the Jewish community”

Rabbis boycotting Trump are ignorant of their own history
by Abraham H. Miller
August 31, 2017

In America, even minority religions have access to the corridors of power, and some of these political relationships are informally institutionalized. The representatives of faith groups are not supplicants standing on a bridge waiting humbly for some sign of recognition. For Jews, one of the mechanisms that affirm their access to the political structure is the annual High Holy Day conference call with the president. This year, three non-Orthodox rabbinic associations, seemingly unaware of their own painful history, will boycott the annual event. The Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform), the Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative) and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assembly, joined by the political arm of the Reform Movement, will not take US President Donald Trump’s call. Their decision is as contemptible as it is outrageous and self-indulgentREAD MORE

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