Dear Kadosh Baruch Hu,

I know, I am supposed to summon up thunderous rhetoric and blow the walls down with the whirlwind of my indignation. But can I take a second to make a very different point?

What a savage sense of humor you have! In a stunning reprise of the biblical Bilaam, you made the pollsters, modern wizards all, miss what was right in front of them. You made pundits wrong so often they’d practically have to be graded on a curve to even reach “fail.” And then you posed a moral challenge: Do rabbis rail against Trump and risk alienating many whom we wish to reach; wait and look equivocal and gutless to many who are angry and disaffected; support and infuriate? The trick here is not to sing the choir’s tune but find a way to touch those who disagree, isn’t it? For those of us who lead divided communities, we suspect you are laughing right up your mighty hand and outstretched arm.

Well, I recall Hermann Cohen’s lovely sentence: “In the stranger was discovered the idea of Judaism.” How very true. And something stranger than this we have not seen. 

Who shall declare for Korach and who for Moses? At least back then the losers had the good grace to be swallowed up and avoid reproaches. Or, as we curiously call them, postmortems. Oh, God of life and death, you’re a funny One.

Reverentially, Sinai Temple Los Angeles

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Named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California.
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