Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica, California, criticized the administration’s now-reversed “zero-tolerance” policy at the border, which resulted in the separating of thousands of migrant families.
He suggested that the “unaccompanied minors” at the U.S. border are no different from the Jewish children who were stripped from their parents by the Nazis.
The rabbi also accused Mr. Miller, who now serves as senior policy adviser to President Trump, of helping the administration perpetrate “negativity, violence, malice and brutality.”
“Honestly, Mr. Miller, you’ve set back the Jewish contribution to making the world spiritually whole through your arbitrary division of these desperate people,” he 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.”
“I can assure you, as I can assure them,” he said, “that what I taught is a Judaism that cherishes, wisdom, values … wide horizons and an even wider embrace … [Separating families] is completely antithetical to everything I know about Judaism, Jewish law and Jewish values.
“Is there still time? Is there still a chance that you might change your attitude? That’s up to you, Mr. Miller,” he said. “You can choose to accept the responsibility for the havoc you’ve wrought and the wounds you’ve inflicted.”
Rabbi Comess-Daniels called on Mr. Miller to personally apologized to the families his policies have affected.
“In a free society, some are guilty, all are responsible,” he said. “Because we want this society to remain free, we will continue to act. Someone needs to clean up this mess.”
Monday’s sermon wasn’t the only time Mr. Miller has been blasted by people from his past. His uncle, David Glosser, wrote an op-ed for Politico last month saying he “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.”
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