Between Donald Trump and the Israeli Rabbinate, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein Had a Tough Month

Lookstein has been angrily attacked and loyally defended, buffeted by two storms in two countries: the reaction to Trump among American Jews, and the battle between modern Orthodoxy and the ultra-Orthodox dominated Israeli rabbinate.

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Rabbi Haskel Lookstein led a peaceful and rather charmed existence until recently. At the helm of Manhattan’s East Side synagogue Kehillat Jeshurun and the Harvard of New York’s Jewish day schools — Ramaz —...