Differences Of Opinion Are Acceptable; Divisiveness Between People Is Not
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
I am not endorsing a candidate for the November 6 election. I do have a strong opinion but that opinion is personal.
The reason for this message is because I sense a great deal of emotion – actually, anger – in the Jewish community as it faces a critical choice for America. The anger is beneath the surface but every once in a while it reveals itself in vituperative and mean-spirited language that is expressed between otherwise well-meaning people.
With approximately 100 days to the November elections, the intensity of the campaign has accelerated. One can identify four core elements: focusing on fund raising, escalating the political rhetoric, studying key voter trends, and creating new organizing initiatives.
I am not among those who routinely dismiss President Obama’s presidency as a failure, nor do I count myself among those who see him as an enemy of Israel. I regard him as a good and honorable man- a thoughtful man- who was swept into office on the wings of his great oratorical skills. In so doing, he carried on his back the desperate hopes of an American people, fearful that the economic meltdown of 2008 was destroying the way of life that they had come to know, and depend on.