After Trump victory, rabbis call for unity and tolerance

Josefin Dolsten

Donald Trump during the second presidential debate at Washington University in S.t Louis, Mo., Oct. 9, 2016. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Donald Trump during the second presidential debate, at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 9, 2016. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

As the shock of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory sunk in, rabbis across the country took to social media to share their reactions and address their congregants. Many rabbis encouraged unity and tolerance, and called on Jews to build bridges with their fellow citizens.

Some were dismayed by the results of the election, such as Rabbi Debbie Zecher, rabbi emerita at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz of the Bayit in Riverdale, New York, wrote a message of hope, saying “love will always win in the long run.”

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, who has written about Judaism and feminism, cited her past experience growing up with progressive activism in a tweet saying there would be “resistance” with Trump in the White House.


Many urged reaching out to marginalized groups and embracing the values of tolerance and understanding. Rabbi Douglas Heifetz of Oseh Shalom in Laurel, Maryland; Rabbi Mark Winer, president of the interfaith group FAITH, and Rabbi Leora Kaye, director of programs at the Union for Reform Judaism, shared these sentiments on Facebook.

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Shalom in Washington, D.C., penned a prayer asking for safety and tolerance.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the author of such books as “Kosher Sex” and “Kosher Adultery,” condemned President Barack Obama’s policies and lauded Trump’s “unimaginable toughness.”

“Trump now has the opportunity to be magnanimous in victory,” Boteach wrote later in his post. “To reach out to his foes and unite the country. He can show a generosity of spirit that will surprise his most ardent foes.”

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