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RCA Statement Regarding Recent Public Discourse

July 18, 2019

The Rabbinical Council of America, the leading body of orthodox rabbis in North America, condemns the most recent outburst of racist rhetoric in the highest levels of government.

Whether statements that question the loyalty of American Jews when the safety and security of Israel is at stake or rallies that call upon descendants of immigrants to return to countries they never knew, we see these pronouncements as dangerous to the core values of our faith and the foundations of American society.

“We are a nation which celebrates the freedom of speech and vigorous political discourse,” said RCA Vice President Rabbi Binyamin Blau. “However, the lack of civil discourse, the racist and xenophobic chants at political rallies, and rise of fringe hate groups all demand that we take a stand for goodness and respect.”

“We strongly condemn the growing lack of civility in society,” said RCA President Rabbi Daniel Korobkin. “”Our society is based on the fundamental belief in the dignity of man, that man is created in G-d’s image. Political differences do not justify abandoning this core belief.”

As campaign politics intensify, the Rabbinical Council of America calls on all parties to oppose mean-spirited rhetoric, and seek dignified and civil discourse on the weighty issues that face our beloved nation.

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