Judaism expert blasts lawyer as ‘Fake Jew and desecrating our religion’ for defending ‘Nazi Trump’


Raw Story and Haaretz/Israel: Writing in the Israeli news outlet Haaretz, Queens College professor Samuel Heilman, who is an Modern Orthodox Jew, took aim at Trump defense attorney David Schoen, who is of the same faith.

According to Heilman, who is considered one of the leading authorities on Judaism, rather than honoring Orthodox Jewish identity, Trump’s lawyer Schoen “is debasing it.”

“…there is no Jewish pride in his defense of a former president whose association with antisemitism and white supremacists began before he was elected and, until his last days in the White House, promoted anti-Jewish tropes and accusations, including supporting outrageous calumnies, most recently by Marjorie Taylor Greene, QAnon, the Proud Boys and others,” Heilman writes.

Heilman points out that throughout his presidency, Trump oversaw a period of increasing attacks on Jews that ballooned dramatically.

The professor said he could not “identity with someone who thinks that his observance of the Sabbath and holding his hand on his head while blessing God’s name makes up for defending a national leader who has cruelly separated asylum-seeking children from their parents and making it nearly impossible for any endangered stranger to find sanctuary in the United States, turning America from a ‘realm of grace’ into a place with no room for the persecuted stranger.”

“Instead of pride, I feel a profound shame. Schoen’s example desecrates, rather than consecrates, the very values that Orthodoxy must hold dear,” Heilman added.

Read the full op-ed over at Haaretz.


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  1. Jews and Christians arguing about who is an actual Jew or Christian is the dumbest argument on this planet at this time. It’s actually way dumber than Trump.
    Anyone can exit the game of pretend at any time. Every land claim based in religion is fraud.
    The impeachment defense comes across with great accuracy as to the dumbness involved.
    No religion allows anyone to be US first, religion second. And we tax incentivize this madness. Freedom FROM religion is what we demand. It is the path forward.

  2. Can’t stand Trump but … I believe even the most vile creatures are entitled to a Defense Counsel who argues a case in their interest. Otherwise we have Stalinist show trials. I hate the 44 Senators who voted that the Impeachment trial itself has no standing.

    I expect the Defense attorney to say, ‘the case should be dismissed’. What’s the guy going to say, ‘my client is a dbag, throw the book at him’. The Senators are supposed to be honest jurists. The Democrats did an excellent job laying out the case and the 44 said, ‘doesn’t matter, we are weasels, not guilty’.

    I know a few of the 44 are hyper fake Christians, if there are Jews in that group Mr Heilman can call them out (I make it a point not to track Jews)

  3. Begs the question, where was the condemnation by Samuel Heilman of Sheldon Adelson while he was bankrolling Trump the past four years? You can bet that had Trump been reelected, Mr. Heilman’s silence on Trump’s association with antisemites would be ongoing. Nothing but an opportunistic hypocrite.

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