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October 21, 2016  RSS feed
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Women rabbis condemn Trump hate speech

(JTA) – More than 350 female rabbis from around the world signed a letter condemning what they called “hate speech” on the part of Donald Trump.

“He has denigrated people by race, by nationality, by their gender and by their most intimate, personal challenges,” the message reads. “His callous descriptions of uninvited physical contact and even sexual assault offend our understanding of appropriate relationships between human beings.”

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president of the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly, wrote the letter and worked with Rabbi Andrea Merow to organize it. The letter, which had 356 signatories as of mid-afternoon Friday, Oct. 21, emphasized that the rabbis were “signing in their personal, individual capacity and not on behalf of any organization with which they may be affiliated.”

Schonfeld said the rabbis were inspired by a similar letter signed by female Christian clergy that had garnered more than 1,000 signatures.

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