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Fake Orthodox Jews Against Trump

You could find Rabbi Mike Moskowitz protesting for illegal aliens at “Moral Mincha” rallies organized by Torah Trumps Hate (TTH) and Hitoreri: An Orthodox Movement for Social Change.

Both lefty groups claim to be Orthodox Jewish organizations and with his black hat, dark suit and black beard, “Rabbi” Mike Moskowitz certainly looks the part of a real Orthodox Rabbi.

But he’s as real as Hitoreri and Torah Trumps Hate.

“Rabbi” Moskowitz is actually employed by Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, a gay non-Orthodox institution. Its clerical leader, “Rabbi” Sharon Kleinbaum, was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, a movement that rejects the idea of both God and the Torah. While Beit Simchat Torah’s views aren’t unusual within its movement, its anti-Israel politics have made it controversial.

During a previous war with Hamas, an exodus of pro-Israel members occurred at Beit Simchat Torah after it was caught praying for Hamas terrorists and hosting BDS bigots.

“Recent events have demonstrated that CBST is far more committed to a progressive political agenda than to the Jewish people,” Bryan Bridges, a former board member, wrote. “I couldn’t imagine raising a child in this congregation, and have that child hear, just before we recite Kaddish, the names of people who are trying to kill her grandparents.”

Bridges has higher standards than “Rabbi” Mike Moskowitz who collaborates with the institution as its “scholar-in-residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies”. Pro-Israel gay leaders have condemned Beit Simchat Torah’s collusion with Islamic homophobia and anti-Semitism.

Joining CBST’s clergy isn’t just an endorsement of gay rights, but of radical leftist and anti-Israel politics.

Mike Moskowitz is often wrongly described as an Orthodox Rabbi, his own site states that, “Rabbi Moskowitz was assigned secular, then identified as ultra-orthodox for but twenty years, and now embraces a religiously non-conforming identity.”

A Jewish Week article photo shows him with a clean shave and no black hat. A note in the article mentions that, “his old black hat” makes its appearance “when necessary”.

That apparently includes Hitoreri and Torah Trumps Hate rallies where the costume gives people the impression that they brought an Orthodox Rabbi out to protest Trump and Republicans.

Like Moskowitz, Hitoreri and Torah Trumps Hate are inauthentic and collaborate with anti-Israel hate groups.

Torah Trumps Hate is described as “a community of orthodox and orthodox-friendly Jews” who are part of the “resistance” to the results of the 2016 election. “Orthodox-friendly” is not Orthodox.

Elad Nehorai, a leading Torah Trumps Hate figure, admitted that the group was run by “Victoria Cook, a woman who doesn’t consider herself Orthodox anymore.” Cook has said that she doesn’t believe in G-d and had co-produced Screwed, a documentary “about pornographer Al Goldstein”.

Cook, an entertainment lawyer, is still described as Torah Trumps Hate’s “founder and leader” on its site while “leading Torah Trumps Hate into a future of activism and public-facing political actions.”

An organization claiming to represent Orthodox Jews is being led by someone who isn’t Orthodox.

It’s calling itself Torah Trumps Hate even though its leader and founder doesn’t believe in Torah.

Nehorai, TTH’s other key figure, is a lefty hipster who drifted around Chabad for a few years before breaking with the movement and getting a “quick”, “simple” rabbinic ordination that “mostly happened over email”. Nehorai has admitted, "I wasn’t an expert in Shabbat or Kashrut (laws of kosher food) or Niddah (marriage laws)," but, "I was an authority of my own Torah."

At an event in support of the March for Racial Justice, Cook claimed, “We are diverse”. Including, "those who are observant in other ways, to those like me who are OTD [off the derech, or lapsed Jews]."

Torah Trumps Hate appeared at the pro-black nationalist event along with Jewish Voice for Peace, an anti-Israel and pro-terrorist BDS hate group that has flirted with outright anti-Semitism.

Also, there was Farrakhan supporter, Linda Sarsour, who had urged Muslims to dehumanize Jews. At the rally, Sarsour warned, "we will not be intimidated by right-wing Zionists, by white supremacists, by racists."

On Twitter, Elad Nehorai claimed that "Calling out Farrakhan after Pittsburgh” is “also a sickening attempt to create racial division.”

Hitoreri was co-founded by Rebecca Krevat, a lefty feminist activist who called Birthright Israel, "rape culture".

Krevat has repeatedly retweeted attacks on Israel by anti-Israel activists. She also retweeted Linda Sarsour. Like Moskowitz, she worked with Uri L’Tzedek, a pseudo-orthodox group that serves as an incubator of lefty activists. And she co-authored at least one piece with Moskowitz.

Despite occasionally claiming to be Orthodox, Krevat largely retweets non-Orthodox clergy. There is nothing “Orthodox” in the lifestyle that she displays on her social media accounts. Over the summer, she tweeted about “feeling so inspired” at visiting the hateful premises of Beit Simchat Torah.

“This gorgeous shul embodies hospitality&inclusivity,” she tweeted about a place that its pro-Israel members are fleeing because it embodies support for terrorism and the murder of Jews.

Torah Trumps Hate and Hitoreri, which often appear to be interchangeable, recently attacked the National Council of Young Israel for praising President Trump’s condemnation of anti-Semitism. Its Moral Mincha attacked the Orthodox Union for honoring Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Its activism borrows the style of anti-Israel hate groups such as If Not Now which targets legitimate Jewish organizations in support of radical lefty causes. The protests are invariably deserted. On one video, Mike Moskowitz can be seen lecturing about the suffering of illegal aliens to what appears to be an audience of two women. Torah Trumps Hate and Hitoreri’s petitions struggle to reach 200 signatures.

These “Orthodox” Jewish protests suffer from a distinct shortage of Orthodox Jews. Their key figures are processed through the same pipeline of professional social justice groups. Their rants about white people and recitation of party line causes are equally interchangeable. But they are meeting a demand.

The demand does not come within the largely conservative Orthodox Jewish community. Instead it comes from lefty groups which have seen the rising Orthodox demographics and seek to hijack its voice for their causes. They are backing and promoting fake Orthodox social justice movements that do not represent and do not speak to the conservative values of a religious and traditional Jewish community.

“While we need the outside world to see that observant Jews have not lost their moral compass, we also want the bullying voices within the Jewish community to no longer be so sure that they have a majority of support,” Victoria Cook declared.

Victoria Cook, by her own admission, is not an observant Jew and does not believe in God.

Her activists are the ones trying to bully Orthodox Jews into remaining silent. They are targeting Orthodox Jewish organizations that represent hundreds of thousands of religious Jews. And they are doing it while collaborating with lefty anti-Semites in a profoundly anti-Semitic movement.

Fake Orthodox Jews campaigning against Trump would not have a fraction of the attention without a fake news media that gives them millions of dollars worth of unearned publicity.

The truth was always easy to find.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine at the above link.

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  1. Anonymous25/11/18

    It always amazing to me the lengths that Jinos will go to bring about their own destruction. When they succeed and destruction comes their way it begins the next cycle of victims wailing "never again" without acknowledging that they brought about their own terror. Jews in the US have it too good and the resulting excess of time and money has them joining the latest cult of stupidity. Each one of these cults has the same characteristics. An all consuming devotion to the cause. A genuine belief that this particular group has the real answer to the perceived problem. A particularity strong adherence to cognitive dissonance regarding their belief and lastly they act with religious fervor. So the latest is supported and later they will be punished by their own beliefs as they are marched to the new incarnation of gulags, programs and ovens.

  2. Three years ago, I already realized that Elad Nehorai’s web site is a never-ending source of bad advice (which has not changed since then).

    Three years ago, I already knew that Elad Nehorai was a wicked and ignorant fool, and I placed him on my personal list of Bad Guys (yes, I actually maintain such a list).

    Since then, Elad Nehorai has managed to lower my opinion of him even further, by writing at least one newspaper article whose sole purpose was to make public accusations of doubtful veracity against Orthodox Jews.

    So far as I know, Elad Nehorai has never criticized Arabs or Muslims or black Jew-haters or man-hating Feminists; he only attacks Orthodox Jews, so far as I know.

    His web site rarely concerns itself with facts or logic; his web site seems to be all about FEELINGS.

    He once wrote an article, on his web site, in which he was stupid enough to publicly admit that he did not love his wife when he married her. What a jackass!

    One person wrote a comment on his web site, which pointed out the fact that Feminists often use false statistics to support their arguments. That comment was immediately deleted, and the person who made that comment was immediately and permanently banned from his web site.

    On 2016 June 30, Elad Nehorai’s web site published an article titled: “Jews Are NOT the Chosen People”. This worthless and wicked article was written by Saul Sudin, who is just as ignorant and dishonest as Elad Nehorai is.

    Unfortunately, that worthless and wicked article, which says that Jews who believe themselves to be “chosen” are like Nazis, is still on Elad Nehorai’s web site:

    In this stupid and ignorant article, the author falsely claims, twice, that Judaism teaches that Jews should use non-Jews as tools for their own purposes. I do not know where Saul Sudin got that piece of mis-information, even after 35 years practicing Judaism. But I do know that he can be creative with facts, when he wants to write an article.

    Normally, I don’t go around attacking my fellow Jews; but Elad Nehorai has publicly attacked Jews and Judaism, so he is worthy of being attacked himself.

  3. Only in America could the Left convince Jews to become anti-Semitic!

  4. It always amazing to me the lengths that Jinos will go to bring about their own destruction. When they succeed and destruction comes their way it begins the next cycle of victims wailing "never again" without acknowledging that they brought about their own terror. Jews in the US have it too good and the resulting excess of time and money has them joining the latest cult of stupidity.
    This is not just a Jewish problem, it is a white people problem as well. Endlessly puking on our own history, endless and counterproductive culture wars, tapping into white and Jewish guilt for fun and profit. I suppose our lack of faith is the problem if I had to put a finger on it.

  5. As someone who knows Moskowitz, I knew him as a bright, well learned young rabbi with enormous potential. Over the past few years, I have watched him change from a young rabbi with potential to an arrogant, egotistical "leader" who leads on ignorant people who don't have a clue. I am sure you took a lot of heat for this article, but you nailed it.


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