Hier will honor the presidency - www.jewishaz.com: Editorial

Hier will honor the presidency

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:29 am

A presidential inauguration has always been a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power. This year, after a crude and divisive election campaign won by Donald Trump, the idea of a peaceful transfer has emerged in high relief.

That’s what we read into the words of Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center who explained why he accepted the invitation to offer a prayer at the president-elect’s inauguration on Jan. 20, and why he will not accede to the demands of Trump’s Jewish critics: “There are no tanks, no planes, no guns, and that’s the way it is, so I was deeply honored and I accepted.”

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