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
John L. Rosove is Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel of Hollywood in Los Angeles. He is a national co-Chair of the Rabbinic and Cantorial Cabinet of J Street and immediate past National Chairman of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA). He serves as a member of the newly created Union for Reform Judaism's Israel and Reform Zionism Committee (IRZC). John was the 2002 Recipient of the World Union for Progressive Judaism International Humanitarian Award and has received special commendation from the State of Israel Bonds. In 2013 he was honored by J Street at its Fifth Anniversary Celebration in Los Angeles. John is the author of two books - “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 Publishing, a division of Turner Publishing Company, 2017) and "Why Israel [and its Future] Matters - Letters of a Liberal Rabbi to his Children and the Millennial Generation with an Afterword by Daniel and David Rosove" (New Jersey: Ben Yehuda Press, 2019). Both are available at John translated and edited the Hebrew biography of his Great Granduncle – "Avraham Shapira – Veteran of the Haganah and Hebrew Guard" by Getzel Kressel (publ. by the Municipality of Petach Tikvah, 1955). The translation was privately published (2021). John is married to Barbara. They are the parents of two sons - Daniel (married to Marina) and David. He has two grandchildren.