Silence Is Open to Interpretation. And Words Matter.
Dear President Trump:
Your silence in the face of rising anti-Semitism is deafening. As the leader of our great country, and the free world, you do not have the luxury of sitting this one out.
There are those who will say that actions speak louder than words and that your full-throated support of Israel, for which I have publicly expressed my gratitude more than once, is more important than anything you may or may not say. I beg to differ.
Silence is open to interpretation. And words matter.
When you change the subject or are offended by questions about rising anti-Semitism in back-to-back press conferences, there are those who will understand that to be a wink and a nod to that behavior.
When you say offensive and hurtful things about your opponents on the campaign trail and especially when you say negative things about specific groups of people at your rallies and on your twitter feed, that creates a culture of divisiveness and, indeed, hate.
I will not join those who attribute sinister motives to your silence on anti-Semitism. That would be unfair.
But I do respectfully ask you to please speak up clearly and forcefully against anti-Semitism and hate of any kind.
(Rabbi) Yakov Horowitz