The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — applauds and thanks President Donald Trump for commuting the sentence of Mr. Ronen Nahmani. This act of mercy by the President demonstrates compassion and the exercise of discretion in a beneficent and caring way.

Mr. Nahmani is a non-violent, first-time offender with no criminal history, the White House said in a statement. It added that the action was “strongly supported by many notable leaders from across the political spectrum.” His wife, a mother of five young children, is suffering from stage 4 cancer. The careful balance of justice and mercy demand that, without excusing or minimizing his crimes, the government release Mr. Nahmani to take care of his family in these extenuating circumstances.

The Rabbinical Alliance of America thanks Aleph Advocates and Rabbinical Alliance of America Clergy Liaison Rabbi Akiva Homnick for their zealous advocacy that brought Mr. Nahmani’s plight to the President’s attention and ultimately led to this compassionate act of clemency.