Blog Archive: May 2018

Rabbis, Politics, and Silence

On Monday, I travelled to Connecticut for the annual Rabbinical Council of America conference. In conversation, a number of my colleagues shared with me their reluctance to address political issues in the current partisan environment. To speak on any political issue, would enrage half their community for going too far and the other half for not going far enough.

Jewish Groups Should Abstain from the Federal Jobs Program

One morning in January 1945 at a POW camp in Germany, the Nazis announced that only the Jewish prisoners of war were to fall out after morning roll call. "We're not going to do that," Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, the highest ranking Allied officer imprisoned at the Stalag IX-A camp, told his men. "Geneva Convention affords only name, rank and serial number, and so that's what we're going to do,” he replied, at the risk of losing his life. “All of us are falling out."

Jewish Groups Should Abstain from the Federal Jobs Program

One morning in January 1945 at a POW camp in Germany, the Nazis announced that only the Jewish prisoners of war were to fall out after morning roll call. "We're not going to do that," Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, the highest ranking Allied officer imprisoned at the Stalag IX-A camp, told his men. "Geneva Convention affords only name, rank and serial number, and so that's what we're going to do,” he replied, at the risk of losing his life. “All of us are falling out."