Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz: Mr. Trump; Please Find Your Voice

Dear President Trump:

Your silence in the face of rising anti-Semitism is deafening. As the leader of our great country, and the free world, you do not have the luxury of sitting this one out.

There are those who will say that actions speak louder than words and that your full-throated support of Israel, for which I have publicly expressed my gratitude more than once, is more important than anything you may or may not say. I beg to differ.

Silence is open to interpretation. And words matter.

When you change the subject or are offended by questions about rising anti-Semitism in back-to-back press conferences, there are those who will understand that to be a wink and a nod to that behavior.

When you say offensive and hurtful things about your opponents on the campaign trail and especially when you say negative things about specific groups of people at your rallies and on your twitter feed, that creates a culture of divisiveness and, indeed, hate.

I won't join those who attribute sinister motives to your silence on anti-semitism. That would be unfair.

But I do respectfully ask you to please speak up clearly and forcefully against anti-Semitism and hate of any kind.

(Rabbi) Yakov Horowitz


  1. B"H! We are not alone!

  2. So many people are against whatever President Trump says that if were to speak up about it he would be accused of being paranoid because his family consists of some Jews. Or they would say if Trump is against antisemitism then they will be antisemitic, etc..
    I am reminded of an incident told to me by a Modern Orthodox rabbi who visited Reb Yaakov Kaminetzky, zt'l, in the hospital. He knew Reb Yaakov had said a baby carriage could be wheeled on Shabbos (it had been in a bdei eved situation, my father knows of it too). He asked Reb Yaakov why he doesn't publicize the psak that would save Jewish communities thousands of dollars on building eruvin. The rabbi said Reb Yaakov just turned his head and would not answer him. What conclusions do you draw from that?

  3. please one situation has nothing to do with the other. There are people who are now saying that Trump doesn't WANT to speak against anti-Semitism. Just imagine what those people would do if he did?

    Bottom line - there is no reason that he won't speak - except that he might offend his anti Semitic supporters.

  4. Ok! Everyone satisfied now?

  5. Today everyone and their grandfather have become political commentators.

  6. no - Trump stonewalls on the matter and sets the standard of response so low that you think it is enough that he says anti-Semitism and racisim have to stop.

    That is like going to a course in college and the professor skips the first month and then finally walks in and say It is time to pay attention and then walks out without teaching anything.

  7. See. No matter what he does it is not good enough for you.

  8. there is a minimum. You basically feel that no matter what Trump does it is good enough or put another way - it is impossible for Trump to be wrong

  9. And you seem to feel that President Trump can do no right.

  10. that is definitely not true. If he acts in a responsible and intelligent manner.

  11. I don't think he is infallible nor do most of his supporters. But he deserves at least the same measure of respect and benefit of doubt his Democrat predecessors got.

  12. Rabbi Yakov Horowitz thanks Trump


  13. we are talking about blatant acts of changing the subject or criticizing the reporter when directly asked reasonable questions about anti-Semitism- something that none of his predecessors were guilty of. And you say therefore he needs to be respected for this?! There was no doubt about what he did. It clearly wasn't normal or appropriate

  14. His predecessors were NEVER ASKED such a question on antisemitism nor REPEATEDLY falsely accused of antisemitism so they never had the opportunity to change the subject on that particular question. They changed the subject on many other questions. The point is Trump is treated far, far worse and to a completely different standard by the media than the way they treated Obama. As I pointed out, antisemitism rose sharply during Obama's tenure. When was he EVER asked such a question about antisemitism?

  15. Trump proudly claims he is changing the game and then when he gets criticized for his new rules he kvetcvhes about how he is being treated differently!

    you can't have it both ways. Trump has shown incredible insensitivity and boorishness - and yet his devoted followers claim that no one else has been criticized for this - but no one else has acted and responded with such insensitivity and disregard for the truth.

  16. Oh really, these were truthful statements by Obama?
    "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan."
    "What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the
    outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if
    they can also directly harm U.S. interests."
    “It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of
    her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the
    movements of her parents every single day.”

  17. Compare Obama and Trump lies.



  18. Anti Semitism in the United States has been on the increase for some time. It didn't magically appear when Trump became president. Anyone remember the "knockout game" played in New York and elsewhere? Not that Jews were the only targets.


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