Further Reflections on the Rev. Warnock Piece

I want to clarify my purpose in writing my piece on Rev. Warnock. While I have never endorsed a candidate in all my years in the rabbinate, I have always challenged those like Rev. Warnock whose records I see as inimical to Israel’s well-being and the well-being of Am Yisrael. In that spirit, I should have also examined the record of his opponent, Senator Kelly Loeffler.

I have now become aware that Senator Loeffler eagerly accepted the endorsement of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, a supporter of QAnon. This despicable group promotes the most egregious forms of anti-Semitism and must be responded to fearlessly. I say this based on my many decades as a rabbi-activist, during which I have called out – and protested face-to-face – people from the white supremacist camp, the Nation of Islam and Muslim fundamentalists as well as many others, including, sadly, Jewish extremists. 

I take criticism very seriously, especially when it comes from people I respect, and especially from students who have become my teachers, about whom I care deeply.   

I continue to encourage the open, honest and respectful dialogue that I have always tried to promote throughout my rabbinate.   

With God’s help, I pray that I will always be able to speak from my conscience and love for my people, America, and Israel whenever I feel it is imperative.

About the Author
Avi Weiss is the founding rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Bronx, N.Y., and founder of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and Yeshivat Maharat rabbinical schools. He is a co-founder of the International Rabbinic Fellowship and longtime Jewish activist for Israel and human rights.
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