In defense of Congressman Adam Schiff against an immoral President

Anyone who knows Congressman Adam Schiff recognizes the quality of the man, his intelligence, dignity, integrity, and seriousness as a public servant. Modest, refined, distinguished, thoughtful, and professional – these are the adjectives that immediately come to mind when I think of him.

In Congressman Schiff’s role as the Democratic Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, these qualities are on display every day for all to see, which is why President Trump’s attempted take-down of Adam is so outrageous, undignified, unrefined, contrary to the truth, and yes – un-presidential.

Adam Schiff is the opposite of Donald Trump. Trump’s name-calling and bullying would be comical if it were coming from anyone except the President of the United States.

President Trump, recognizing that Congressman Schiff is a serious threat to his political well-being, did what he always does – went on the attack to distract the country from his  immoral and corrupt acts that Congressman Schiff listed in his response to the demand of his Republican colleagues that he resign his position as Chair mirroring the words of the President only hours before.

Congressman Schiff represents my Congregation, Temple Israel of Hollywood. When he spoke several months ago in our packed sanctuary at, the Congressman received a well-deserved standing ovation for his integrity, courage, decency, and duty to service.

May Adam Schiff continue to do the work we elected him to do – to work on our behalf, on behalf of the American people, and for the cause of truth, integrity in government, and democracy.

About the Author
A native of Los Angeles, Rabbi John L. Rosove assumed the position of Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood in 1988 and will become Emeritus Rabbi in July, 2019. Before coming to Temple Israel he served large congregations in San Francisco (1979-86) and Washington, D.C. (1986-88). He is the immediate past National Chair of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) and served on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the Vaad HaPoel of the World Zionist Organization, and the Executive Committee of ARZENU (the International Reform Zionist movement). He is a national co-Chair of the Rabbinic and Cantorial Cabinet of J Street. John is the author of "Why Judaism Matters – Letters of a Liberal Rabbi to his Children and the Millennial Generation with an Afterword by Daniel and David Rosove" (Nashville: Jewish Lights, 2017) and his forth-coming book "Why Israel and its Future Matter - Letters of a Liberal Rabbi to his Children and the Millennial Generation" (Ben Yehuda Press, New Jersey. Spring 2020). John is married to Barbara and is the father of two sons and the grandfather of one.