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“When Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was first announced in July, and throughout the bruising battle over allegations of sexual misconduct, a long list of American-Jewish groups spoke out against him for reasons ranging from his judicial record to doubts concerning his character.
But one organization stood out in its unswerving support of President Donald Trump’s pick.
Immediately following the riveting testimonies of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary last month, the Coalition for Jewish Values issued a statement headlined “Rabbis Urge Immediate Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh.”
The Torah “enjoins us to avoid peddling in unsubstantiated rumors,” said Rabbi Dov Fischer, a regional vice president for the group, quoting from Leviticus. “People can easily make mistakes and harm the innocent,” Fischer continued, adding that we should be “judged on the totality of our lives, not merely on one alleged incident, and certainly not on an incident that is unsubstantiated and unprovable.””
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"The Harry Potter series is a work of fiction. So, maybe we should just put the witchcraft debate aside and read it from a different perspective... there are a lot of lessons we can learn from the series that we also see in the Torah."