In liberal and non-Orthodox Jewish circles, voicing support for Trump is often treated akin to heresy.
The Jewish Week talks to self-described liberals who say they are voting for the reelection of the president. “Oh my gosh, have I lost friends,” said Bonita Nathan Sussman, 67, of Staten Island.
Related: JTA talks to Jewish supporters of Trump, who they say “has granted a growing list of long-held wishes,” mostly on Israel. And they examine Joe Biden’s Israel record as vice president, when he “was the guy who bridged differences created by the mutual distrust between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”
Stephen Miller says he is preparing for a second Trump term by readying executive orders that would further curb immigration to the United States.
The Guardian reported Wednesday that Miller has drafted executive orders for Trump to issue if he wins a second term. The orders include one that would slash refugee immigration to zero.
The senior White House adviser also falsely claimed that “this administration kept families together,” according to CNN. In fact, thousands of children and their parents were separated at the border, and the parents of 545 children cannot be found.
Joe Biden has promised to raise the cap on refugee admissions and on Thursday pledged to create a task force to reunite families that were separated at the border.
Miller also baselessly claimed, in a call with reporters, that a Biden administration would lead to a sharp increase in child smuggling, in an allegation that closely echoes the QAnon conspiracy theory that is shaping contemporary politics.
Related: On Wednesday, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt wrote an open letter to the leaders of the House of Representatives asking them to exclude QAnon followers from their party caucuses and to decline to seat them on House committees.
Despite tough sanctions on parties dealing with Iran, the Justice Department sought to frustrate investigations into a Turkish bank’s alleged violations.
Why? Because Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey had been pressing President Trump to quash the investigation, according to a New York Times’ investigation.
Why it matters: “Mr. Trump’s sympathetic response to Mr. Erdogan was especially jarring because it involved accusations that the bank had undercut Mr. Trump’s policy of economically isolating Iran, a centerpiece of his Middle East plan,” said former White House officials.
Britain’s main opposition Labour party was in turmoil on Friday, a day after it suspended its former leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn’s suspension came after a government watchdog report said the party had broken equality laws in its handling of anti-Semitism complaints, The Times of Israel reports. Corbyn on Thursday said he didn’t accept all of its findings and asserted that “the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents.”
Labour then said that it was kicking Corbyn out “in light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently.”
Analysis: Robert Philpot rounds up reaction to what Labour leader Keir Starmer called a “day of shame” for the party.
Thousands of candles were lit Thursday in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to mark the 25th anniversary of the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The Yitzhak Rabin Center said it lit 25,000 candles in the square where he was shot dead by a Jewish extremist on November 4, 1995, after addressing a peace rally. Today is the anniversary on the Hebrew calendar.
Related: Joe Biden honored Rabin in a tweet, saying, “He led a life of service to his country and its security — and bravely gave his life pursuing peace. I was honored to call him a friend.”
“The Shema is a metaphor for moral ecology: We have been shown what it means to act justly, consume wisely and treat our fellow creatures with dignity, which are the goals of any moral code. If we don’t, there are consequences,” writes Andrew Silow-Carroll, The Jewish Week’s editor in chief. “Donald Trump is a controlled experiment in how bad-faith actions and erratic leadership can leave a society in shambles.”
This week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha, reconciles the tension between nationalism and globalism, writes Rabbi Morey Schwartz. “These verses teach us that God’s desire for this people is that they dwell separately, thrive nationally, and turn outward to share their blessings with every family in every corner of the earth,” he writes.
More wisdom: Get off your tuches, writes Rabbi David Wolpe. Tradition teaches that “motion is life and change and growth. Movement of the body aids movement of the mind.”
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Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion has published “Scriptions: Jewish Thoughts and Responses to Covid-19,” an online anthology of faculty essays. Topics include the uncertainty of the future; the seeming arbitrariness of death and disease, and the social justice dimensions of a pandemic whose victims are socially and economically vulnerable. “Scriptions” was organized by Rabbi Elliott Kleinman, HUC’s Chief Engagement Officer.
The iCenter and The George Washington University announced Cohort 3 of its Graduate Degree in Israel Education, a one-year graduate certificate program that ultimately can be leveraged toward a second-year Master’s Degree program. Members of Cohort 3 work in Jewish organizations and schools as in-service professionals. Local participants include Hilla Drechler of the North American Education Department of the World Zionist Organization; Ari Rubinstein, portfolios director of Empire Merchants, and Kobi Cohen, a nonprofit professional who hosts the “Balagan” podcast.
Candlelighting, Torah Reading
Friday, October 30
Light Candles at 5:36 pm
Saturday, October 31
Torah Reading: Lech-Lecha, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27
Haftarah: Isaiah 40
Shabbat ends 6:35 pm
The Berkshire Jewish Film Festival continues its virtual 34th season with “Herb Alpert Is…,” a documentary about the renowned trumpeter, artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The film will be available for 30 days beginning Oct. 31 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10. Information and access available at https://berkshirejewishjfilmfestival.org and 413-445-4872, ext. 10.
America-Israel Friendship League presents baker and blogger Keren Agam and Shannon Sarna of The Nosher, as they showcase some traditional favorite desserts of the season. They will demonstrate a few of their favorite autumn desserts and teach not only how to create them, but also about their historic origins. Register here. Sunday, 12:00 pm.
Habonim Dror North America alumni present Workshop 45 members in a panel discussion marking 25 years since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and considering his legacy. Sign up here to receive a YouTube link. Participants can also register to join a breakout room for a post-discussion sicha on Zoom with HDNA alumni of similar ages. Sunday, 3:00 pm.