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An invitation to rabbinic colleagues to join Rabbis Against Trump (this letter is intended only for rabbis - if you have one in your life, please share it with them)

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Dear Rabbi Colleagues (this letter is intended only for rabbis - if you have one in your life, please share it with them),
I'm honored to have been an original signatory to the Rabbinic letter organizing & supporting Rabbis Against Trump, and I invite you to add your name and spirit to the work.  The purpose of Rabbis Against Trump is to raise an ethical Jewish opposition to the Trump campaign -- and the possibility of a Trump Presidency -- in a clear, courageous, and unequivocal voice.
We hope that when this frightening chapter in our country's political history is over, people will say that people of conscience from a wide range of communities led the fight to reject this hate-filled campaign -- and that the Jewish community made a noticeable contribution to that effort.

We plan to take action in the following ways: bringing public attention to Jewish opposition to Trump through earned mediaresponding to opportunities where rabbis have the opportunity to take public direct…

A Special Message from Rabbi Creditor: Purim and Politics

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A Special Message from Rabbi Creditor:  Purim and Politics
Dear Chevreh,
There is much swirling in our world. Always has been, likely always will be. And, tonight being the beginning of Purim, I thought it wise to share a brief thought about how we Jewishly swirl within a shaky world, especially today.
A deep lesson from Purim is captured in the phrase "Nafoch Hu," or "it was turned upside down" (Megillat Esther, 9:1). Obviously, the original reference was to Haman's (booo!!!!) plot being flipped into a moment of Jewish triumph, thanks to the heroism of Esther and Mordechai. 
This reversal of fortunes should bring us the delight of children and costumes,hamentaschen (thank you to Carly for making a list minute run to pick them up from Grand Bakery today!) and libations (#PleasePurimResponsibly). 
It should also give us great pause, because it plays a primitive game of absolutes, where absolutes collide, and only the obviously just cause prevails. That isn't reali…

My Remarks at #AIPAC2016

My Remarks at #AIPAC2016
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, I HAVE HAD THE GREAT HONOR TO BE INVITED, ALONG WITH OTHER ACTIVISTS, TO THE WHITE HOUSE. AND BOTH TIMES, AS I ENTERED THE GATES, I FELT LIKE MY ANCESTORS WERE WATCHING ME, CRYING FROM HEAVEN THAT A CHILD OF THEIRS WOULD BE INVITED TO SUCH A PLACE OF POWER. TODAY, AS WE PREPARE TO GO TO CAPITOL HILL, ONCE AGAIN I SENSE MY ANCESTORS WATCHING ME. BUT THIS TIME THEIR TEARS ARE SHED OUT OF DEEP WORRY, BECAUSE THE STABILITY AND STEADINESS OF OUR COUNTRY FEELS SO TENUOUS ---BECAUSE IN TOO MANY PLACES IN AMERICA TODAY, WE GREET ONE ANOTHER WITH SUSPICION - OR WORSE. WE HAVE STOPPED LISTENING TO ONE ANOTHER. WE HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW TO RESPECT EACH OTHER WHEN WE DISAGREE.FRIENDS, YOU AND I KNOW THAT THE PRO-ISRAEL COMMUNITY CANNOT AND MUST NOT EMBRACE THE POLITICS OF HATE, OF DIVISION AND DISTRUST, OF PARTISANSHIP AND POLARIZATION--- NOT NOW. NOT EVER. JEWISH HISTORY TELLS US THAT HATRED IS WHAT TORE OUR HOME APART…

News Coverage of Rabbinic Protests Against Trump -

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News Coverage of Rabbinic Protests Against Trump #ComeTogetherAgainstHate

for more, visit facebook.com/groups/cometogetheragainsthate/

CNN: Rabbis, Jewish leaders plan boycott of Donald Trump at AIPAC -- http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/17/politics/donald-trump-aipac-boycott-protest-rabbis-jewish-leaders/

Washington Post: Rabbis organize boycott of Trump’s speech to pro-Israel group
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/rabbis-call-for-boycott-of-trumps-speech-to-pro-israel-group/2016/03/17/8e2f2ea6-ea14-11e5-a6f3-21ccdbc5f74e_story.html

Sun Sentinel: South Florida rabbis organizing Trump speech boycott
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/michael-mayo-blog/sfl-mayo-rabbis-trump-boycott-20160318-story.html

Miami Herald: Group of rabbis plans boycott of Trump speech
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article66819402.html

Time.com: Rabbis to Boycott Donald Trump Speech at Pro-Israel Conference

http://time.com/4262924/rabbis-protest-donald-trump/

Forward.com: Trump’s Jewish Consigliere Sa…

Judaism and Reproductive Justice Study Group - for further reading

Now is No Time for Neutrality: Stop Trump Before It's Too Late

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Now is No Time for Neutrality: Stop Trump Before It's Too Late
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
rabbicreditor.blogspot.com/2016/03/now-is-no-time-for-neutrality-stop.html

It's hard to navigate the "how can I be a political pluralist in the midst of Donald Trump's ascent" conundrum. Not just because I'm a rabbi. Not just because I'm a Jew. Not just because I'm a Democrat. Not just because I'm a worried father. 
It's hard, because I truly believe that there are multiple truths in the world, because I acknowledge that my politics can be wrong, because I know that I only know what I know. But I don't believe we have a choice at this moment in the theater of American politics. I believe we are in serious danger as a society.
Here's what I've decided, based on the very real likelihood of Trump's nomination: 
First of all, yes, if he wins the GOP nomination, Democrats, Independents, and Open-minded Republicans will have a unifying rallying call…