Rabbi Mark Winer gave a long invocation yesterday to kick off a Florida Democratic Party event of Jews for Biden, which included several Congresspeople (Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel) and a speech by Douglas Emhoff, husband of Kamala Harris. Winer called the BDS campaign and antizionism an antisemitic “virus” that is knocking off progressives.
Here’s a long excerpt. The virus is in paragraph 2. Note that Winer, 77, an interfaith activist, touches on many progressive anti-racist themes.
Inspire us oh God to fulfill our holy mission as Jews to serve as an or l’goyim, a light unto the nations. Bless us as we unite with our fellow Americans in this epic struggle to secure the soul of America and respond to the higher angels of our American character. Steel our resolve and stiffen our spines to stand up with others for goodness, decency and truth, that justice will roll down its waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Strengthen us oh God to combat the BDS, antizionist and antisemitic virus which infects too many of our erstwhile allies in our battle for the soul of America, without weakening our defense of our own secure Jewish place in this society. May we reach out in fellowship to join with all Americans in fighting the pandemic of racism, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia and antisemitism, which plagues our nation.
Bless the families and friends of Jacob Blake and George Floyd and all of the others victimized by rogue policemen. Kneel with us oh God and with the African American athletes who take to their knees in patriotic devotion to the highest values of our nation, demonstrating the truth that Black Lives Matter.
Bless our beloved Joe Biden and Kamala Harris whom we Jews love to call the mensch and mamala. Grant them health and security, balance and inspiration, that they may lead us in this quest to reclaim the soul of this country. Help us oh God to join with them and to work in partnership with all of the many races and religions which enrich this nation.
The reactionary line on BDS (a nonviolent campaign to gain rights for Palestinians) is consistent with the Biden team’s refusal to move an inch to acknowledge Israeli human rights violations lest Biden alienates donors. On the New Yorker radio hour today, Evan Osnos described the many issues from environment to health care that Biden has gone left on in order to win the Sandersites and solidify the base. Not this one!
On the same Jewish “summit” yesterday Emhoff called Israel “our beloved homeland” but said he’d first visited it in 2017, with his wife, when he was 52 years old. Just my hunch, but I bet the California entertainment lawyer doesn’t really care that much about Israel.