OpEd: An Open Letter to Congressman Dan Goldman

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    NEW YORK (VINnews/Avi Greenstein)-

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    Dear Congressman Goldman,

    We are taught In Pirkei Avos to “Speak little and do a lot.” We’ve been watching you in the two months since the October 7th massacre in Israel, and you’ve been a model to this dictum.

    Over the past two months, millions of people around the world have taken to streets, some to support Israel, but many to express criticism of Israel’s just war. While these protesters have a constitutional right to free speech, it was a troubling moment of truth for us to watch who was siding with those who committed the horrific acts on that day and those who stood firmly with the side of good and righteousness.

    Congressman, you were one of those who stood with truth. You were on the forefront of those stating unambiguously that the atrocities committed by Hamas on October 7th brands them as barbaric terrorists. You have also stated clearly that Israel had the moral duty to defend itself and that anti-Semitism has no place in the United States.

    But these words were followed by actions.

    You voted to censure Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, rising above partisan politics to condemn hate from a member of your party.
    You introduced legislation in Congress condemning anti-Semitism and ensuring Israel receives the funding and military equipment it needs to defend itself.
    You did not back down from your stance, even after your office was vandalized with anti-Israel graffiti.

    We who are on the front lines of advocacy are aware of how you fight every day to secure the release of all hostages being held by Hamas.
    We are grateful for your leadership during these difficult times and in the face of sometimes-withering adversity. We are heartened to see that there are people in public service who are actively working on behalf of our Jewish community in the United States and Israel.

    Congressman, thank you for the moral clarity you express that there can be no ceasefire while Hamas holds hostages and retains the ability to continue its terrorism against Israel.

    Thank you for realizing that Hamas was who started this war, and that Israel had the right to end this war on its own terms.

    It is interesting that the above teaching in Pirkei Avos is followed by, “and receive all people with a pleasant countenance.” You are to be lauded for your willingness to listen respectfully to all sides of a dispute. Yet, you maintain a strong moral compassion between good and evil during those conversations, as you displayed during your recent virtual town hall meeting.

    This ability is impressive, and for this we are grateful.

    Thank you

    Avi Greenstein is the CEO of the Boro Park Jewish Community Council.


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    Harry
    Harry
    3 months ago

    It’s a very nice letter. Regardless of Dan Goldman’s past position as a member of the legal team impeaching President Trump, he’s now withstanding huge pressure from his leftist camp to oppose Israel. For doing the right thing now by defending and fighting our causes he deserves our praise. Thanks Avi. Well done.

    Menachem
    Menachem
    3 months ago

    Hakras Hatov is the right thing to do.
    Thanks Avi.

    MiMedinat HaYam
    MiMedinat HaYam
    3 months ago

    Rep Dan Goldman voted AGAINST the resolution condemning anti semitism cause it referred to Israel. He even cited Satmar as on his side, which even Satmar denied.

    Of course, Rabbi Greenstein has his own reasons for this letter (the congressman is a source of funding for his organization) which he should be disclosing.

    Anon
    Anon
    3 months ago

    Goldman was a lawyer on that phony, faux impeachment panel, a vile Trump hating arrogant liar.

    Vindman is a traitor
    Vindman is a traitor
    3 months ago

    Mr. Greenstein :
    You and the group posed for a photo with Biden a few weeks ago thanking him for Israel support. Turns out that he’s pressured Israel NOT to invade Gaza, is advocating for ” lawful” military action while our IDF is absorbing losses, threatening to withhold arms, attacking Jews in Shomron, and making it difficult for Israel. Now you defend this Jew coup hoaxer who who attempted to unseat a pro Israel great president. Enough of you machers who keep shoving DemoRats in our faces.

    Goldman
    Goldman
    3 months ago

    Put up the famous picture of Dan Goldman office vandalized by the Arabs

    shmendrik
    shmendrik
    3 months ago

    Enough with this public love fest with every dumb politician. Every idiot is entitled to get something right in their life. So Goldman got this right. If you’re going to OP-Ed to congratulate, OP-ED as well when they mess things up for us. This way they know where we stand on all issues and pay attention. This way he thinks this is the only issue you “Askanim” care about. Wake up and realize, he thinks you’re a fool.