As a rule, I shy away from punditry or speculation about political machinations, including those of the President. Instead, my weekly column is usually dedicated to analyzing a pasuk in the Torah or a statement of the Rambam. However, recent events have pushed me in directions I previously sought to avoid. After our White House correspondent, Jake Turx, posed a question to President Trump about the wave of anti-Semitism that is sweeping this nation and the ensuing media frenzy about the President’s response, I have been called upon to add my inexpert perspective to the dialogue.

The question I am now being regularly asked is why the President was so reluctant at first to condemn the sharp increase in anti-Semitic incidents around the county. Many reporters and commentators have, in fact, been quite vociferous in their censure of the President for his foot-dragging.

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