Off the Pulpit: Both sides now – This I believe

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

You can combat the anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic elements in Black Lives Matter and still fight side by side with the black community against racism.

You can be a staunch Republican and still believe that most Democrats are neither foolish nor unAmerican.

You can be a staunch Democrat and still believe that most Republicans are neither cruel nor narrow.

You can be a devout atheist and still be convinced that religious people can be both informed and honest.

You can be a devout believer and still be convinced that atheists can be both moral and deep.

You can be an Orthodox Jew and think that liberal Judaism is born of considerations that are both principled and important.

You can be a liberal Jew and think that Orthodox Judaism is neither simplistic nor rigid.

You can be a leftist on Israel and believe that the right is motivated by principle, not prejudice or lack of compassion.

You can be a rightist on Israel and believe the left is motivated by decency, not recklessness or ignorance.

I have strong beliefs concerning all of these controversies, but I do not assume that those who oppose me are therefore bad, cruel or less thoughtful than myself. I invite you to join those who try to judge issues, not character.

God is bigger than our partisanship

Sometimes, we should be too.

(Rabbi David Wolpe is the senior rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles.)

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