Rabbis: Vote For Weprin Prohibited
09/09/11
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It is halachically forbidden to support the congressional campaign of Democrat David Weprin, a group of Flatbush Orthodox rabbis decreed this week.

A letter signed by the group cites the Queens Assemblyman's vote in favor of same-sex marriage in July, insisting the vote was a chillul Hashem, or desecration of God's name.

"Weprin’s claim that he is Orthodox makes the chillul Hashem even greater,” states the letter, which was posted online by the Haredi site Matzav.com. The letter forbids voting for, campaigning for, funding or otherwise supporting the campaign of Weprin, who grew up in a traditional Jewish home, attended yeshivas and chose to become Orthodox following his bar mitzvah 42 years ago.

Among the signatories were Rav Yisroel Belsky, Rav Yisroel P. Gornish, Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen, Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rav Avrohom Yaakov Nelkenbaum, Rav Hershel Zolty, Rav Grainom Lazewnik, Rav Eliyahu Brog, Rav Chaim Benoliel, Rav Max Maslaton, Rav Yaakov Yisroel Rubin, Rav Shlomo Stern, Rav Yosef Eisen, Rav Yitzchok M. Landau, Rav Rahamim Harary, Rav Chaim Krauss, Rav Yosef Leifer, Rav Shmuel Friedler, Rav Mechel Rosenbaum and Rav Pinchos M. Twerky, Matzav reported.

Only a small part of Flatbush is included in the 9th Congressional District, which spans from southern Brooklyn to the Rockaways and into central Queens.

The letter was released as a  new poll shows Republican Bob Turner with an edge over Weprin in the congressional race to succeed former Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Turner leads Weprin by a margin of a 50 percent to 44 percent, the Siena College survey found. The poll, conducted September 6-8, showed Weprin, an Orthodox Jew, leading Turner among Jewish voters by 51 percent to 45 percent.

The two are facing off in a Sept. 13 special election in a heavily Jewish New York congressional district spanning parts of Queens and Brooklyn. The race is being closely watched nationally as a bellwether for how the party of the president is faring.

Overall, momentum appears to be shifting in the Rpublican candidate’s favor. A Siena College poll in early August had shown Weprin leading Turner overall by 6 percentage points, with a much wider lead among Jewish voters than he currently enjoys.

On Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it would spend $500,000 to air advertisements supporting Weprin in the Democratic-dominated district, Politico reported.

The Jewish vote has loomed large in media coverage of the race. Weprin, a New York state assemblyman, has been criticized by some within the Orthodox community for his vote to legalize same-sex marriage. Fellow Democratic New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn and has blasted Weprin on the issue, endorsed Turner on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, The Jewish Press, a prominent Brooklyn-based newspaper serving the Orthodox community, endorsed Weprin, citing his support for social welfare programs and his opponent’s calls for government spending cuts.

Previously, New York City’s former mayor, Ed Koch, a Democrat, had urged voters to support Turner in order to send a rebuke to President Obama for his policies toward Israel. Weprin himself has criticized Obama’s policies toward Israel.

The latest poll found that only 42 percent of the district’s Jewish voters had a favorable opinion of Obama, while 54 percent viewed the president unfavorably.

Sixteen percent of the district’s Jewish voters said that a candidate’s Israel stance would be the most important factor in determining their vote, roughly half the proportion (30 percent) who identified the candidate’s position on the economic recovery as their key issue and slightly fewer than the proportion (20 percent) who chose Social Security, Medicare and other so-called entitlement programs as the top factor.

On Thursday night Turner held an event to get out the Jewish vote outside a kosher supermarket in heavily Orthodox Kew Garens Hills.

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12/25/2011 - 07:57

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Hope they are OK with losing parsonage and 501(c)(3) status. I can't imagine there was not a competent attorney around to explain that one.

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During the 2008 Presidential Election, many of the religious organizations that supported President Obama were told that it was against the law for religious organizations to endorse political candidates or tell their members how to vote.

I would recommend that David Weprin not take it personally.

FDR once said To Attain Prosperity, we cannot have a Half Boom, Half Broke Nation.
I cannot understand why any New Yorker would reward BAD, UGLY behavior. How can any New Yorker support a party that would push this United States to the BRINK of Default; whose representatives would prefer to sit on the sidelines and say “No, No, No” on each and every issue rather than making a serious effort to help this country and the American people recover during these very difficult times; and who are determined to destroy the safety net of people struggling on Main Street during these difficult times while giving millionaires and wealthy investor more free rides. What kind of U.S. Congressman would do anything like this? What kind of person would do anything like this? What happened to country first?
Also, during the past five months of this year (2011), the unemployment rate has been INCREASING; however, from March 2009 to April 2011, the unemployment was DECREASING. Again, despite having millions of people unemployed, it appears that many House Republicans will still say “No, No, No” to efforts to create jobs and get the American people back to work.
It appears that The Republican Party has been hijacked by some extremists. The Republican Party has not always been this reckless, irresponsible, and vicious. This is not the same Republican Party that was founded on the respect for who we are, what America represents: The United States of America, ONE nation, with liberty and justice for all.
This is America. This is America, the world’s greatest democracy. The world's largest economy. Many, many patriots have risked their lives and fortunes so that this great nation shall long endure. It is our duty. It is our responsibility to complete the tasks remaining before us. We must restore civility and brinkmanship so that this nation shall long endure.
Every crisis has it dangers and opportunities. It can spell either our salvation or doom. All of us, without regard political philosophy must find a way to do our part to make life better in this country.

How we deal with these issues will determine our moral health as individuals, our cultural health as a region, our political health as a nation, and our prestige as leaders of the free world (mlk).

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