Women Rabbis Sign Letter Condemning Trump

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More than 400 women rabbis — including some from the Philadelphia area — have signed a letter entitled “Women Rabbis Condemn Trump Hate Speech.”

More than 400 women rabbis — including some from the Philadelphia area — have signed a letter entitled “Women Rabbis Condemn Trump Hate Speech.”

“The letter is signed by Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Renewal and Orthodox women rabbis (rabbot) — something that is unprecedented. It was signed by the first women rabbis in every movement in Judaism,” wrote Rabbi Andrea Merow of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, noting that those who signed the letter were doing it as private citizens, not as representatives of the institutions where they work.


The letter, in part, reads:

“As Jews around the world complete and begin anew the annual reading of our sacred Torah, we will encounter the creation story with its words that have inspired human beings over millennia to treat each other with kindness and respect: ‘God created humankind in God’s own image.’

We find these words entirely incompatible with Donald Trump’s concept of the human person and the human body. He has denigrated people by race, by nationality, by their gender and by their most intimate, personal challenges. His callous descriptions of uninvited physical contact and even sexual assault offend our understanding of appropriate relationships between human beings.”

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