As the Presidential race progresses, once again the role of religion in politics has re-emerged as a common tension that cannot be dismissed. American Jews have often feared bringing religion into the political discourse out of fear of anti-Semitism, but this concern has hopefully lessened since Senator Lieberman was a serious Presidential candidate while being open about his traditional Jewish practices and perspectives. In our commitment to build a just society, we have an imperative to ask questions about the religious views of our politicians.
Speaking at the annual Anti-Defamation League meeting in New York last week, a senior official of the Obama White House warned that “harm could come” from turning differences over Mideast policy between the U.S. and Israel into “election-year talking points.”
Majority leader says Democratic support of movement will ‘aggravate and divide’; sees two-state solution jeopardized by lack of Palestinian recognition.
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The legions of protestors around the nation demanding more economic parity, coupled with anger over the Obama administration’s Israel policies, will drive more Jews to vote Republican next year, said the Jewish majority leader of the House, who recently referred to those protestors derisively as a “growing mob.”
The Conservative movement recently conducted a survey of hundreds of its rabbis and the results are in: on the whole, they're as committed to Israel as they've ever been, although younger rabbis have more liberal views about the state than they've used to. The purpose behind this survey is clear: to assure anxious Jewish leaders that, contra the skeptics, Israel remains as vital a part of Jewish life as ever.
Republican win culminates raucous campaign that centered on Obama, Israel and gay marriage, but few district issues.
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As he left P.S. 255 on Avenue S in Midwood, Brooklyn, Tuesday morning, Albert Tebele said he voted against Democrat David Weprin because of the candidate’s vote in the state Assembly to allow gay marriage in New York.
“Gay marriage will ruin the social fiber of the city,” said Tebele, 57, an Orthodox Jew who manufactures women’s clothing. “New York is an example to the rest of the country. It sends a message to our children that homosexuality is permissible and right when the Bible says it’s wrong.”
Once again Republicans are predicting a sea change in Jewish voting and are working to make support for Israel a partisan wedge issue in the 2012 election campaign. Their 2008 fear-and-smear campaign, with some virtually accusing Barack Obama of being a Moslem Manchurian candidate, failed dismally.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, called on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to "come clean" about a controversy over a lewd photo.
Cantor made his comments in a television interview on Thursday, as Weiner endured a fourth day on the receiving end of questions about a photo of a man in his underwear that was sent from his Twitter account. The photo was sent to a 21-year-old female college student who is a Twitter follower of Weiner's.