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  1. Bernhard Rosenberg says

    I entered the rabbinate to make a change in the world. As a holocaust survivors’ kid I wanted to make ‘ never again ‘ a reality. For over 41 years as a Rabbi I have been outspoken on radio, T.V. the press, face book , my published books and yes the pulpit. Do I recommend that young rabbis and seminary graduates do this, my answer is absolutely ‘no.’ This is a recipe for being fired, being attacked in the press and having few friends. People consider you a loose cannon. …However, some of us are born with the desire to make changes and feel that politics is essential in the Rabbinate. I did not agree with the rabbis who walked out on Trump, since I am Rabbi for Trump, however I respected them for having the guts and courage to do so. Some of the same rabbis may have or will attack me in the press and that is fine. Firing a rabbi who is excellent in the pulpit happens often for many reasons including a congregant or board who want him or her out for a political statement or action. I pray for all of us rabbis who give our lives to our congregations and in the end get the shaft. I write this to give encouragement to rabbis who are outspoken and politically active. I am certain most will disagree with me and will state there should be separation between the pulpit and religion. I am now retired and if I had to do it all over again , I would have tried to learn from my mistakes , however I would have remained outspoken. A special merit should go to all the rabbis’ wives and their families, but especially to those whose parents and spouses are outspoken. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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