Prominent Orthodox rabbi Haskel Looksteinwho was listed as a speaker for the Republican National Convention. However, due to a petition by outside liberals condemning his appearance, he has rescinded his scheduled appearance.
Donald Trump’s successful daughter, Ivanka, is a member of his congregation. Ivanka asked him to say the convention’s opening prayer. He initially said yes to delivering an invocation “out of respect for her and our relationship.” After the anti-Trump backlash made the religious union into a political firestorm, the rabbi backed out.
He emailed his community on Friday to say that he will not appear at the nominating convention in Cleveland:
“The whole matter turned from rabbinic to political, something which was never intended … I have never been involved in politics. Politics divides people. My life has been devoted to uniting a community.”