Valley rabbis speak out against Friedman - TikkunOlam

Valley rabbis speak out against Friedman

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:01 am

As rabbis and community leaders in Arizona, we are grateful for Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake’s unflagging support of Israel. In that spirit and with Israel’s best interests in mind, we respectfully ask Sens. McCain and Flake to vote against the nomination of David Friedman as United States ambassador to Israel. For the following reasons, we see Friedman as incapable as serving as an effective bridge between the two nations.

To begin with, we take great umbrage at Friedman’s denigration of American Jews who disagree with his policy positions. The Rabbis of the Talmud are adamant that we are to speak to and about other people– particularly those with whom we disagree – with love and respect. Yet Friedman seems to have no qualms about vilifying people who do not share his views.

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