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'Dear Senator Cruz': Rabbi Pens Tough Open Letter to Ted Cruz Making Demands About His Use of the Term 'Judeo-Christian Values' — and There's More


"Your particular brand of Christianity bears little resemblance to the Judaism I practice."

Ted Cruz visits King's Christian Bookstore, Jan. 4, 2016. (Getty Images/Aaron P. Bernstein)

A Jewish rabbi published an open letter to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz this week, imploring him to stop using the phrase "Judeo-Christian values" to "exploit" the Jewish religion.

"The Constitution entitles you to your opinions and religious beliefs and even affords you the right to express those convictions in your pursuit of public office," wrote Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald of the Hebrew Educational Alliance in Denver, Colorado. "But as a Jew and a rabbi, I am writing to ask you to please leave me, Judaism and my people out of your rhetoric."

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