Follow the money! One of the keys to studying a political campaign is to identify the “flow” of financial support for a candidate. Then, why is it that so much Jewish money remains on the sidelines for the 2012 Presidential Election? In 2008 candidates in both parties were receiving significantly more Jewish financial attention at this stage in the campaign, so what accounts for this different storyline?
Celebrity rabbi vows to bring Jewish values to Congress.
The faith-based campaign that has become so frequent in Republican races across the country is echoed locally with the Bergen County GOP endorsement of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for Congress in northern New Jersey. The Chabad-trained rabbi says he’s running as a Republican because he believes in smaller government, but adds that his politics are driven by his Judaism — and there’s nothing small about that.
The Republican who parlayed Orthodox anti-Obama sentiment into a House victory, now has his eyes on the Senate.
The decision of Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens) to jump into the race against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Tuesday caught many political observers by surprise and suddenly made Gillibrand’s quest for re-election anything but a cakewalk, according to analysts.
“It was like throwing a grenade into the race,” said one Republican insider. “It really shakes everything up.”
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.