A Rosh Hoshannah Sermon

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Everybody has seen his picture, the vulpine special advisor to Donald Trump and the key architect of his cruel “zero-tolerance” immigration policies,/he is Stephen Miller a hard right Republican political operative a 31 year old american jew who grew up and attended shul in Santa Monica,  On August 13 Miller was called out by his uncle David Glosser who who wrote a scathing article about his nephew  on Politico, Glosser filled in the blanks of a fairly typical Jewish rags to riches story of his maternal grandfather’s family from Belarus who made it big in the goldene medine of America.

Uncle Dave was horrified at his nephew’s political Trumpite views

II have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, an educated man who is well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country.I shudder at the thought of what would have become of the Glossers had the same policies Stephen so coolly espouses— the travel ban, the radical decrease in refugees, the separation of children from their parents, and even talk of limiting citizenship for legal immigrants 

But that was nothing compared to Miller’s rabbi who  according to the Huffington Post  in a Rosh Hosannah sermon blistered Miller as a purveyor of “negativity, violence, malice and brutality” who had learned nothing from his Jewish spiritual education and completely antithetical to everything I know about Judaism.”

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Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Beth Shir Shalom, a progressive reform synagogue in the beachside city of Santa Monica where Miller grew up, devoted his sermon marking the Jewish New Year to a striking denunciation of Miller and the now-abandoned policy he championed of separating immigrant families at the border.

Honestly, Mr Miller, you’ve set back the Jewish contribution to making the world spiritually whole through your arbitrary division of these desperate people,” the rabbi said. “The actions that you now encourage President Trump to take make it obvious to me that you didn’t get my, or our, Jewish message.

This is the season of apology, and to get to an apology, shame over past actions is necessary. Some shout at others when they are self-righteous enough: you should be ashamed of yourself! That’s not something I would ever shout or demand.” But Comess-Daniels went on to say it was up to Miller to acknowledge his wrongdoing.

The service for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, was held on the campus of Santa Monica high school, which Miller attended from 1999 to 2003, a. Rabbi Comess-Daniels found a receptive audience, which greeted his words with rapturous applause.

Miller’s parents, who still live in Santa Monica, have not been members of Beth Shir Shalom for many years.

Miller never completed his bar mitzvah there but he attended Hebrew school, where he was known as a provocateur unafraid to alienate his classmates.

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Well, America with its credo of power, success and advancement often has its way with the best religious education, Jewish or otherwise.