While I appreciate the Senate's gesture and statement, I am also distrustful. Throughout history, the main way anti-Semitism has functioned has been for people in true positions of power to pick off the Jews to use as their scapegoats, fig leaves and shields to protect them from opposition from the main targets of their exploitation and oppression. They want to divide us Jews from other, oppressed, minority communities, making us unsympathetic of their correct claims of abuse by the power structures, until such a point that minority communities direct their rage at the more accessible Jews, rather than at the true, deep sources of their oppression. This has happened for centuries, and it's happening right now. We Jews have to resist being played as pawns in this way and maintain our solidarity with all oppressed communities, even as we take responsible measures to protect ourselves.
Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block reminds us not to retreat and be silent in the face of the new wave of the Muslim Ban -- and to stand up and fight back.
The election of Donald Trump and the rise of the #JewishResistance movement has led to an amazing outpouring of Torah -- #TorahForTheResistance.
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This Sunday, February 12th, HIAS is calling for a National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees at rallies in 16 cities -- join one near you!