Oh dear G-d, we've got full blown Holocaust denial at the White House.
All through the campaign, I heard, from members of my synagogue, that, "He can't be an anti Semite, his daughter married a Jew, she converted, his grandchildren are Jewish."
And yes, Ivanka and Jared are Orthodox, living a very observant life.
FYI, Eric's wife is Jewish, too, but we are less likely to hear about that.
But yet, the Donald didn't attend his grandson's bris. The most important ritual in the child's life. A ritual in which grandfathers assume an important role. He skipped it, stayed on the campaign trail.
When he spoke to Jewish Republicans during a fundraiser, he called them "negotiators". A flattering stereotype-- he's also said he wants a "room full of guys in yarmulkes" counting his money -- but a stereotype nonetheless.
And it was obvious that Jared wrote the speech Donald gave at AIPAC, the most pro-Israel super PAC. His statements there differed greatly from his comments during an interview, where he said he'd let the parties decide their fate.
And since taking the oath of office...
He walked back all the promises he made about Israel.
He had to be poked and prodded by the press to speak out against rising anti-Semitism while the Jewish community was under siege. No surprise there, he never quashed the anti-Semitic harassment doled out by his supporters against Jewish members of the press who criticized him.
But to make the Holocaust "Judenfrei"? To honor Holocaust Remembrance Day and not even mention the Jews?
They were trying to be "inclusive", they explained.
And then there was the Passover Seder. For 8 years, President Obama hosted a Seder for the White House staff. The first Trump Seder, hastily arranged after the press noticed its absence, was not attended by Trump or any member of his family. Not even the Jewish members of his family.
(Though I heard that the annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn is also a victim of poor planning and will be greatly scaled back this year.)
But the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back comes from his press secretary.
In discussing Assad, and Syria, and chemical weapons, Spicer said that "even Hitler didn't gas his own people."
No, actually he gassed MY people. In concentration camps, not "Holocaust centers."
And this abomination was said on, of all days, the first day of Passover.
Passover, the festival commemorating our liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt.
The Passover Haggadah tells us that in every age a tyrant rises up to anhilate the Jewish people, but with G-d's help, we always survive.
We will survive.
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