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Rabbi Rami: Is It Trump's Fault?

Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Author and teacher Rabbi Rami Shapiro is encouraging Perennial Wisdom to lead us beyond alienation and isolation to integration and unity, based on Genesis 12:3: “You shall be a blessing to all the families of the earth.”

I’m a Jew shaken by the murder of Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania. Is this President Trump’s fault? Why do people hate us? What can be done to stop such evil? Rabbi Rami: While it’s true that our president’s rhetoric stokes anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, and misogyny, Jew hatred predates him by 3,000 years. Most people who hate us hate us simply because we’re Jews. They need no other reason. But some Jew haters do have a rationale for their irrational hatred. Many white supremacists, for example, hate us because they insist (rightly, since Jews come in all colors) that Jews are not white and (wrongly) that we are at the heart of a global conspiracy to overthrow white hegemony and establish liberalism around the world (I wish). Some on the extreme right hate us because we care about refugees and support the full enfranchisement of women and people of color. Some on the extreme left hate us because they insist (wrongly) that Jews are white and (wrongly again) associate Jews with Zionism and Zionism with white supremacy and misogyny. We can’t win. We shouldn’t …

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Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. In the print version of our magazine, he has...

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