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#1503696 --- 08/20/17 03:45 AM Very powerful - the sound of silence.
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http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/19/opinions/j...nkin/index.html

Lev Golinkin came to the US as a child refugee from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov (now called Kharkiv) in 1990. He is the author of the memoir "A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.

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(CNN)I first heard the silence late Tuesday night, while pecking at my phone, waiting for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to denounce President Donald Trump's latest comments on neo-Nazis after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the death and mayhem that resulted.

After the President tried to compare neo-Nazis to what he described as the "alt-left," saying "I think there is blame on both sides," there was still no outcry from Jared or Ivanka.
Slowly, as the hours ticked away, the silence descended.

Many think of silence as the absence of noise, but that's only one type of silence. There is a different, darker variety, one Jews and African-Americans have gotten to know well over the centuries. This silence doesn't suppress sound -- it amplifies it. It is the boom of the MS St. Louis departing for Nazi-threatened Europe after being denied entry by port after port. It's the whisk-whisk of Southern belles fanning themselves at the slave auction. It's the presence of apathy amid injustice and horror.

I'd heard this kind of silence, long ago. I heard it in the Soviet Union, in the footfalls of teachers and classmates calmly walking around me and the other Jew in my class as we received our daily beatings. I'd heard it in the Doppler effect of cars passing my family and other refugees when we were hitchhiking along frigid Austrian roads.

But the silence emanating from Jared and Ivanka was exponentially more powerful than any I'd heard before. To me, as a Jew, seeing nothing but two tweets from Ivanka brought the kind of pain I'm sure is echoed by African-Americans anytime Ben Carson defends the President, and Asian-Americans in the wake of Elaine Chao's and Nikki Haley's equivocations: condemning hate in general terms while carefully avoiding criticizing the very administration they're part of.

No press conference was forthcoming, no rejection of Donald Trump's words; there was no statement from Jared about the horror his grandparents had survived; nothing from Ivanka, who had spoken about standing up for mothers on the campaign trail, about defending today's Jewish children -- her children; indeed all children -- from intimidation and violence. There was nothing, but the sound of steady clicking on Ivanka's electronic device as she wrote two tweets.

It was like listening to the fabric of Judaism tear at itself.
Beneath Jewish rituals, customs and rules lies a simple and sacred idea: preserving the sanctity of life. It's why the ill are absolved from fasting on days of penance. It's why the no-electricity, no-work rules of Shabbat go out the window the moment a life-threatening emergency hits. In fact, it's considered a grave sin to put someone at risk by blindly keeping the Sabbath, for it places righteousness above humanity. This ethical focus on preserving life is the substrate of Judaism, first, last and always.

The silence from the White House flew in the face of this sacred tenet, assailing it at an almost elemental level. If two Jews at the pinnacle of American power -- one, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, the other, a woman who had devoted years of rigorous study to converting to the religion -- refuse to denounce Trump's equivocations on neo-Nazis, are they still Jews?

By Wednesday, it was clear I wasn't the only one wondering. In a stunning move, Rabbi Emeritus Haskel Lookstein -- who had supervised Ivanka's conversion -- issued a statement condemning the Trump administration for its heinous response to Charlottesville's bloodshed. Numerous Jewish organizations including the Union for Reform Judaism, the Orthodox Rabbinical Association of America, the American Jewish Committee and the Republican Jewish Coalition rebuked the President's speech as well. Rumblings of a herem, religious censure, the Jewish equivalent of the bell, book and candle method once used by Catholics to excommunicate, began rolling through Twitter.

Wednesday night I asked a friend, Rabbi Andy Bachman, if something akin to an excommunication was warranted or even possible. It turned out I wasn't the first one to call him on the topic that day. "A herem wouldn't do much," Bachman replied, "it would only be valid in the eyes of the ultra-Orthodox. But do you really need an interdict? These people have chosen to stand aside from thousands of years of their tradition: What can you think of that's worse?"
I couldn't. For me, embracing a Jewish identity came as the result of a battle, years of slowly undoing the damage of Soviet persecution which lasted long after I landed on US soil. I couldn't imagine people born into safety and privilege throwing away their birthright like trash. And yet, that's what happened -- that was the silence I'd heard.

It was the scratching of matches lighting White House Shabbat candles, the humming of carefully memorized prayer, the rote motions of Jewish life without the true practice of Judaism. It was the silence of two of the world's most powerful Jews, cutting themselves off from their people.


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#1503698 --- 08/20/17 05:02 AM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: kyle585]
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George Takei‏Verified account @GeorgeTakei 6h6 hours ago

Trump often speaks of "both sides." And he knows them well. His daughter Ivanka consistently stands on each, after all.
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#1503712 --- 08/20/17 02:00 PM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: kyle585]
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I wonder if Ivanka read the above article before making this statement?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ivanka-trump-praises-counter-protesters-after-demonstrations/

Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's eldest daughter and a senior adviser to her father, praised counter- protesters in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and her father's recent controversial remarks, which sparked a wave of backlash against the administration.

"It was beautiful to see thousands of people across the U.S.A. come together today to peacefully denounce bigotry, racism & anti-semitism," she tweeted Saturday, following numerous demonstrations across the country against white supremacy.

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#1503731 --- 08/20/17 06:27 PM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: kyle585]
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Originally Posted By: kyle585
I wonder if Ivanka read the above article before making this statement?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ivanka-trump-praises-counter-protesters-after-demonstrations/

Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's eldest daughter and a senior adviser to her father, praised counter- protesters in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and her father's recent controversial remarks, which sparked a wave of backlash against the administration.

"It was beautiful to see thousands of people across the U.S.A. come together today to peacefully denounce bigotry, racism & anti-semitism," she tweeted Saturday, following numerous demonstrations across the country against white supremacy.
I'm not in favor of hate & bigotry but people have a right to express their opinions!

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#1503749 --- 08/20/17 08:04 PM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: gassy one]
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Originally Posted By: gassy one
I'm not in favor of hate & bigotry
What is really sad is that the majority of Americans believe Trump is in favor of hate and bigotry because he comes out with a new statement on it every day changing what he said the day before.

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#1503765 --- 08/20/17 09:56 PM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: kyle585]
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Originally Posted By: kyle585
Originally Posted By: gassy one
I'm not in favor of hate & bigotry
What is really sad is that the majority of Americans believe Trump is in favor of hate and bigotry because he comes out with a new statement on it every day changing what he said the day before.
It's just partisan politics as usual!

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#1503777 --- 08/21/17 01:17 AM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: gassy one]
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Originally Posted By: gassy one
Originally Posted By: kyle585
Originally Posted By: gassy one
I'm not in favor of hate & bigotry
What is really sad is that the majority of Americans believe Trump is in favor of hate and bigotry because he comes out with a new statement on it every day changing what he said the day before.
It's just partisan politics as usual!
No it is not. We are in totally uncharted waters. The nation has never seen anything like this before.

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#1503803 --- 08/21/17 10:08 AM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: kyle585]
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Originally Posted By: kyle585
Originally Posted By: gassy one
Originally Posted By: kyle585
Originally Posted By: gassy one
I'm not in favor of hate & bigotry
What is really sad is that the majority of Americans believe Trump is in favor of hate and bigotry because he comes out with a new statement on it every day changing what he said the day before.
It's just partisan politics as usual!
No it is not. We are in totally uncharted waters. The nation has never seen anything like this before.
Yeah ok! Here comes the doom & gloom!

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#1503816 --- 08/21/17 11:35 AM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: gassy one]
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Originally Posted By: gassy one
Yeah ok! Here comes the doom & gloom!
It is certain to come if Trump stays there much longer.

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#1503833 --- 08/21/17 02:38 PM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: kyle585]
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Trump's evangelical advisors largely silent on his handling of Charlottesville violence http://huffp.st/zsiwfnT

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#1503985 --- 08/23/17 10:10 PM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: kyle585]
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Originally Posted By: kyle585
Trump's evangelical advisors largely silent on his handling of Charlottesville violence http://huffp.st/zsiwfnT
I thought he handled it well! Told it like it was not like the lefties wanted it!

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#1503992 --- 08/24/17 04:02 AM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: gassy one]
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Originally Posted By: gassy one
I thought he handled it well! Told it like it was not like the lefties wanted it!
You are one of these people aren't you?

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-voters-rep...-someone-638462

He made the boast during an Iowa rally: "My people are so smart. And you know what else they say about my people, the polls? They say I have the most loyal people. Did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK? It's like incredible."

Public Policy Polling put that claim to the test, and it mostly held up. Forty-five percent of Trump voters said they would approve of the president shooting someone on Fifth Avenue

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#1504052 --- 08/24/17 07:17 PM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/sir-numbers-disastrous-jake-tapper-222015130.html

CNN anchor Jake Tapper delivered a stinging critique of President Donald Trump in the wake of a poll that showed Americans disapprove of his actions this month.

"President Trump is a man who looks to numbers and to ratings," Tapper said on "The Lead." "These numbers, sir, these numbers are disastrous."

Tapper cited unfavorable results from a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday that called into question Trump's ability to lead the nation.

In the poll, 68% of respondents said Trump was not levelheaded, 62% said he doesn't provide the US with moral leadership, 61% said he wasn't honest, and 62% said Trump was doing more to divide the country than unite it.

Finally, 59% of respondents said Trump has encouraged white supremacist groups rather than discourage them.

"You are no doubt pleasing your base, but your behavior is causing great concern among the majority of the American people," Tapper said.

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#1504166 --- 08/27/17 09:35 AM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/sir-numbers-disastrous-jake-tapper-222015130.html

CNN anchor Jake Tapper delivered a stinging critique of President Donald Trump in the wake of a poll that showed Americans disapprove of his actions this month.

"President Trump is a man who looks to numbers and to ratings," Tapper said on "The Lead." "These numbers, sir, these numbers are disastrous."

Tapper cited unfavorable results from a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday that called into question Trump's ability to lead the nation.

In the poll, 68% of respondents said Trump was not levelheaded, 62% said he doesn't provide the US with moral leadership, 61% said he wasn't honest, and 62% said Trump was doing more to divide the country than unite it.

Finally, 59% of respondents said Trump has encouraged white supremacist groups rather than discourage them.

"You are no doubt pleasing your base, but your behavior is causing great concern among the majority of the American people," Tapper said.
In other words cater to the pansies!

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#1505192 --- 09/24/17 06:15 PM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: gassy one]
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-threat-survival-life-142638901.html

Donald Trump Is A Threat to Survival of Life on Earth
Newsweek Helena Wright,Newsweek 8 hours ago

In fact, fossil fuel exploration is a risky business financially, even aside from the impact on the planet. Several major banks already do not invest in oil and gas exploration, due to the financial risks involved. The African Development Bank and Asian Development Bank already rule out investing in exploration of fossil fuels.

Other governments must now take up the mantle and ban exploration of fossil fuels, to reduce climate risks. The unprecedented power of hurricanes over the past month, with Harvey, Irma, and now Maria, have shown that the costs of climate change will be dramatic. It is not possible to “adapt” – we must reduce emissions, and fast.

As such extreme weather events are expected to intensify over coming years, people will recognize which governments are protecting their people, and which leaders have failed to do so. Governments that step up to reduce climate risks and take advantage of green growth opportunities will reap the rewards in terms of national prosperity. Ultimately, Macron action’s will stand the test of time, while Trump is set to find himself increasingly isolated.

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#1505203 --- 09/24/17 07:22 PM Re: Very powerful - the sound of silence. [Re: kyle585]
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DOOM & GLOOM! BLAH! BLAH!

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