Jewish Twitter divided on whether Trump deserves healing prayer

Some liberal Jews expressed uncertainty on Twitter on the morality of praying for someone who downplayed the threat of the virus.

Supporters rally at a vigil for US President Donald Trump outside of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is being treated for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bethesda, Maryland, US, October 3, 2020. (photo credit: JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS)
Supporters rally at a vigil for US President Donald Trump outside of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is being treated for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bethesda, Maryland, US, October 3, 2020.
(photo credit: JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS)
Jewish Twitter was divided over the weekend on whether Jewish people should be saying misheberach (the prayer for healing) for US President Donald Trump, who was recently diagnosed with coronavirus, according to The Forward.
Jewish Trump supporters took to Twitter to call for prayers for Trump's health, giving Trump's name and the name of his mother in Hebrew to include in the prayer.
A video on twitter showed the healing blessing being said for Trump at the Birkat Kohanim ceremony at the Western Wall on Monday.
Some liberal Jews expressed uncertainty on Twitter of the morality of praying for someone who downplayed the threat of the virus and attended events with others even after learning he was exposed to someone who tested positive for coronavirus, The Forward reported.
A prominent Jewish Twitter user said in a tweet that American "culture is deeply abusive, even among the people who insist we be 'kind.'"
Others, however, claimed that it is wrong to wish harm anyone. Some backed this by citing Jewish texts. 
Some leaders of prominent Jewish organizations took to Twitter to wish the president well.


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