I am delighted to share my Musing platform with Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt. You will soon hear more about Rabbi Rosenblatt who we are delighted to welcome as director of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians (AAJC). He shares our passion for and commitment to an America firmly based on Judeo-Christian values. Like us, he is deeply troubled when Judaism is misrepresented as modern liberalism. He was moved to compose the following piece.
On Monday, February 6, some 200 rabbis and rabbinical students protested outside Trump International Hotel in Manhattan. 19 of them blocked traffic and were arrested for disorderly conduct. The group was protesting President Trump’s executive order placing a 90-day hold on immigration from seven countries which lack adequate security programs to vet the peaceful nature of visa holders: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of Teru’ah, the left-wing rabbinical group that organized the protest, said it was meant to show that many Jews oppose the ban.
“We remember our history, and we remember that the border of this country closed to us in 1924, with very catastrophic consequences during the Holocaust. We know that some of the language that’s being used now to stop the Muslims from coming is the same language that was used to stop Jewish refugees from coming“, she said.
As the great-grandson of a rabbi who immigrated to the United States in 1924 because of religious persecution, these words caught my attention.