“President Trump is the most benevolent leader the Jewish people have ever known in their 2,000 years in their Diaspora, believe me.” So said Rabbi Yechezkel Moskowitz, chairman of the recent National Council of Young Israel dinner. Should an Orthodox synagogue organization so openly genuflect before President Trump? Does this express proper gratitude for what the president has done for Israel, or does it celebrate a person whose character represents the antithesis of Torah values? Should the Young Israel involve itself in controversial political decisions in Israel, which it did when it supported Netanyahu’s brokering of a merger of the Bayit Yehudi and Otzmah Yehudit parties, the latter of which is run by supporters of Meir Kahane? And why did Rabbi Moskowitz claim that an anti-Trump Facebook group bears some responsibility for the Pittsburgh shooting last October?
Join Scott Kahn for a contentious yet respectful discussion with Rabbi Moskowitz about these and other serious issues regarding Orthodoxy, Trump, Israel, and the American Jewish community.
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