The childhood rabbi of Stephen Miller, a key aide to Donald Trump who has been instrumental in formulating the president's hard-line approach to immigration, on Monday slammed his former student's "negativity, violence, malice and brutality," the Guardian reported.
Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniel used his Jewish New Year sermon to excoriate Miller and his involvement with the administration's immigration policies, particularly the now-reversed policy of separating migrant families at the border.
"Honestly, Mr Miller, you’ve set back the Jewish contribution to making the world spiritually whole through your arbitrary division of these desperate people," the Guardian quoted Rabbi Comess-Daniel as saying. "The actions that you now encourage President Trump to take make it obvious to me that you didn’t get my, or our, Jewish message.
“This is the season of apology, and to get to an apology, shame over past actions is necessary," the rabbi said. "Some shout at others when they are self-righteous enough: you should be ashamed of yourself! That’s not something I would ever shout or demand."
Miller was the subject of similar criticism last month by his uncle, David Glosser, who recounted "dismay and increasing horror" at Miller's actions.
In June, an unnamed White House adviser reportedly called Miller "Waffen-SS" and "a twisted guy" who "actually enjoys seeing those pictures at the border."
A few months earlier, seventeen Jewish groups urged the White House to dismiss Miller as senior policy adviser. "As Jews, we are in solidarity with immigrants and refugees and believe that our nation must be a refuge and welcoming home for new Americans," they wrote in an open letter.