Why Do Jews Vote Democrat? [OPINION]
Last week’s interview with Rabbi Aryel Nachman Ben Chaim provided some illumination to the question, why Jews vote Democrat. Rabbi Nachman heads a virtual synagogue, and is an author and cartoonist. During 2012, Jews voted for Obama 70-30 despite an anti-Israel policy pursued by the Administration. This was down only 5 point from 2008. Surprisingly, the Rabbi commented that only 20% of all Jews fled the Phaoroh for freedom from slavery. My comment, “You did pretty well. Usually the response rate in any organization is 10-15%.” Other questions the rabbi included are:
- Why rabbis and the clergy are silent on the great social issues of our time
- Are the values of Judaism consistent with the principles of limited government and self-reliance
- Based on history of persecution, shouldn’t Jews support gun rights
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