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On November 17th, 2016, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), an organization that represents the clergymen of the Modern Orthodox community in North America, published a full-page statement in the New York Times congratulating President-Elect Trump and calling on him to “protect Jewish Jerusalem.” We the undersigned, members of Modern Orthodox synagogues, alumni of Modern Orthodox schools, and board members of Modern Orthodox institutions, share with the RCA a love for the State of Israel and wish President-elect Trump success in promoting the security and welfare of our country and of all its citizens and inhabitants. At the same time, we find it imperative that our rabbis, in their role as moral leaders in our community, condemn the racist and misogynist statements of Mr. Trump that we heard throughout his campaign. We are troubled by the fact that our rabbis chose America’s relationship towards Israel as the sole issue to bring up in their congratulatory letter to Mr. Trump. Focusing exclusively on the President-elect’s relationship with Israel in these crucial days after the election, as Mr. Trump assembles his cabinet and policy team, exhibits at best a moral blindness to and at worst a tacit acceptance of Mr. Trump’s many bigoted pronouncements targeting immigrants, minority groups, and the disabled, and which gave rise to anti-Semitic attacks on those Jews who had the temerity to question or criticize his rhetoric. As Jews, we have benefited greatly from the freedom of religion enshrined in our Constitution's First Amendment. Many of us are descendants of refugees who found sanctuary in the United States during history's darkest hours. Given our past, we have learned to be wary of bigoted language, knowing that words can and do lead to actions. We implore President-elect Trump to remember the freedoms that have made our country truly great, and we pray that he heed the prophet's call to "learn to do well, to seek justice and pursue it" (Isaiah 1:17). We urge the rabbis of our community to publicly do the same.