What is the Jewish ethical imperative in the age of Trump? To watch vigilantly – but also to act, to speak up and make our voices heard, to stand between the victimizer and his victims.
Rabbi Shai Held
Rabbi Shai Held is Co-Founder and Dean at Mechon Hadar, and previously served as Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York City. He is the author of Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence and the forthcoming The Heart of Torah.
In the absence of any condemnation of Trump’s bigotries, we’ve found out much about the shamelessness, spinelessness and expediency of, among others, Jewish religious and political leaders and organizations.
Lost in last week's furor about the sexual predator tapes was Trump's equally egregious insistence on the Central Park Five's guilt. Trump's fantasies of sexual assault and his race-baiting are cut from the same cloth.