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August 12, 2016  RSS feed
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Rabbi disappoints by reneging on RNC

Dear Editor:

Re: Ivanka Trump’s rabbi withdraws from Republican Convention, July 15 Jewish Press:

Dear Rabbi Lookstein,

I send this letter with full respect for your position in the rabbinate.

To write “ I am disappointed” with your decision to withdraw from leading in the invocation at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, is an understatement.

Your action must have been a very big disappointment to Ivanka and, frankly, many Jews that watched the convention on Fox and C-Span. As Jews, we were deprived of experiencing a proud moment, when our faith was front and center in a national event. The opportunity for millions of non-Jewish Americans to observe our faith in such positive terms, was lost.

You said you withdrew because the matter had become political. Actually, your action gave it a perspective of being “political.”

At a time when synagogues in this country are experiencing a decline in membership and the number of Jewish faithful is also in decline, a wonderful opportunity for positive exposure was missed.

As I viewed the Democratic National Convention, I was so pleased to witness a rabbi (Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbincal Assembly) leading the convention with the benediction.

Elliott W. Stern
Palm Harbor

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