Torah Trumps Hate

Our Mission


Torah Trumps Hate is an organization for Torah-affiliated Jews to educate, empower, and mobilize themselves regarding current social justice issues. Our goal is to inspire changes within the Orthodox community and the larger American society. These include racial justice, immigrant and refugee rights, poverty, access to health care, an end to mass incarceration, LGBTQ rights, and the protection of the rule of law. We believe that as Jews we have an obligation to work for a more just society. We are guided by the Torah values of lovingkindness, justice, loving the foreigner, and helping the poor, as well as the American values of working towards an equal and just society.


About Us


We are Torah-centered Jews who are united in our grief and in our anger, at the assault on civil rights, the rule of law, the Constitution, and basic American values being perpetrated on the American people by this administration.  This renewed white supremacy that has become ascendant in the United States comes at a time that there is a wave of ultra-nationalism worldwide. As Jews we know all too well what happens when fascism rises and systems of justice fail and we are dedicated to disrupting and resisting this wave of tyranny.

We are diverse by halachic observance and backgrounds, ranging from Charedi rebbeim to Reform rabbis, Chasidim to Misnagdim, from Frum From Birth to Baalei Teshuvah to OTD to Jews by choice, to those of us finding a new derech, but we are united in believing that the lessons we learn from Torah and the middot we learn in yeshiva should animate our personal and communal politics. We are Ashkenazi, Mizrahi and Sephardi.  We are white-passing and we are Jews of Color.  We live in blue states and red states, cities and suburbs. We are united in our alienation from much of the Orthodox Jewish community because of their embrace of an administration that is the opposite of Torah values.  

We support the State of Israel and the Zionist vision of a Jewish homeland in Israel. Some of us believe this for political reasons, some for religious reasons, some out of love and some out of fear. When we are told that this one country out of all countries on earth does not have the right to exist we all feel unsafe. It is difficult for us not to hear this growing rallying cry through the prism of both the Jewish ancient and recent experience of repeated forced exile and genocide.

Yet we also believe that our progressive values and commitment to equal rights for all does not suddenly stop when it comes to recognizing the humanity and dignity of Palestinians and the legitimacy of their struggle for a state of their own. We do not all agree on how to solve the conflict. However, we are united in believing that peace will only happen when both Palestinians and Israelis are seen as full people in all of the complexity of their humanity and not as abstractions.


We are united in the pain and sadness we feel when we are told by our fellow travelers on the left that our struggle doesn't count, that historical and present-day anti-Semitism is somehow justified. Yet despite that disconnect, we will continue to join with other groups in ensuring justice is achieved for all. We will stand up for our values and find common denominators, learn how to both listen and to speak our own truth, be allies and collaborators in the fight for social and racial justice and join in the battle to save our democratic republic without sacrificing our authentic identities as Jews and Zionists.

It has been through organic communal organizing that we came together, at first alone and unheard.  Our numbers have grown and our voices have been found, and we are committed to using them with all of our strength.  Now that we are united, we have become more empowered than ever to seize this moment and use it to change the course of the nation and the direction some of our fellow Jews have sadly taken.We will be as one nation, as one person, beating with one heart.  












Our Values


1.   We believe that Torah directs our morality, and thus our politics.

2.   The Torah states that God created all people in God's image. We therefore believe that every person has a right to live a life free from bigotry, and we see it as our responsibility to reject and combat bigotry everywhere.

3.    We believe that no group is inherently superior to another and thus we must break apart partisanship and tribalism.

4.    We believe it is our duty to use our voices, driven by humaneness, to inspire our politics, to protect the innocent, and to give voice to the voiceless.

5.    We believe it is our responsibility not just to resist injustice, but to help craft a vision for a better future.

6.   We believe that rhetoric is insufficient and that we must actualize our beliefs through political and social action. 

7.    We believe in constructive dialogue, and not demonizing those with whom we disagree.

8.    We believe in sharing space with those with whom we disagree in order to fight for the causes we care about.

9.    We believe in the democratic principle of equal protection under law for all inhabitants of the United States.

10.    We believe that it is our job to fight against any ideology or action that hurts a group of people based on their identity.

11.    Because of the history of the Jewish people, we believe it is our duty to fight authoritarianism at all costs.

12.    We believe in the Zionist vision that Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state where due process and civil rights are protected for all.

13.    We believe in protecting and caring for the planet.