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By my unofficial count, yesterday found the word “invasion” being batted about by virtually every Chat Show host in the country and the President during his remarks on the Immigration Crises. With apologies to John, in no way, shape or form does this surprise me. It actually hit me during the break yesterday, but I never got back to it. With the discussion of Wong, we found that one of the three limits placed on Birthright Citizenship is that Invaders, however that might be ultimately defined, is one of the limits. Read the rest of this entry


Silence Will Not Protect You


Halloween was an enormous success.

Normally it would be Constitution Thursday, we spent all of Monday discussing the President’s threat(?) to end Birthright Citizenship via Executive Order. There continue to be arguments and Social Media posts, and they will continue long after this has been forgotten as yet another unfulfilled political promise.

Let me be clear – whether I agree with the concept of “Birthright Citizenship” or not, is not relevant. The ONLY question on the table today is whether or not I accept that the Executive, be it Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton,  can change one hundred and twenty years of accepted Constitutional interpretation with an Executive Order or not. Secondary to that is my concern that if one accepts that he or she can, do you really want – do you really believe that the Framers meant – to have a country where that can happen?

A trend I have picked up upon among younger Jews after Pittsburgh is that they are frightened to publically demonstrate their faith. Older folks have recognized the need to openly demonstrate the faith. Chabad has called for thousands of Mezuzah’s to be placed on our doorposts. The fear is nothing new, nor is the hatred that leads to the fear. But the one thing we cannot do is hide. As the lessons in my favorite book in the Tanach, we cannot think that we will be safe by remaining silent…

Jus Soli


The President has informed us that he is “considering” an Executive Order to end “Birthright Citizenship” in the United States.

Whether you believe that to be wrong or right says more about you and your politics than it does anything else.

The truth is that there is significant debate as to whether or not it should be a thing in the first place. There are also precedents extending far further back than a mere hundred years that make it clear that the Framers might not have seen things the same way as President Trump.

In fact, at one point in this country, the Supreme Court made it clear that the idea that just because you were born here makes you a citizen was not acceptable or Constitutional…

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