Skip to comments.600 'Rabbis for Obama' give backing to US president (few Orthodox)
Posted on 08/21/2012 8:13:14 PM PDT by Nachum
WASHINGTON More than 600 rabbis displayed their support for US President Barack Obama's reelection bid on Tuesday, joining a campaign initiative called Rabbis for Obama.
Obama for America announced Tuesday that Rabbis for Obama is designed to engage and mobilize grassroots supporters.
The rabbis represent themselves and not individual synagogues or organizations, according to the news release. The names of all the rabbis can be found on the website barackobama.com/rabbis. Most of the rabbis are Reform or Conservative, although a handful are Orthodox.
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Maybe it’s time for Republicans to stop worrying about Israel. If the jews in America are too stupid to know who supports them, let them be. Let Israel loose to defend herself, let’s drill our own oil and stay the heck out of the middle east. Oh, and let’s deport all Arabs and Muslims while we’re at it and put up one huge fence.
Then let’s deport all liberals/progressives/occupiers/communists/socialists to the communist country of their choice.
I’m a second generation Christian with a long ancestry in Judaism. I have many cousins and nephews and a few still living aunts that are adherents of Judaism and all that I have spoken to have said they will not vote for Obama. If this is a trend the Rabbis may back Obama but their congregation may not be so inclined.
Very few conservative rabbis as well.
This list looks like a competition of “I’m Less Observant Than You!”
There's your explanation in your own words: Your family members are actual adherents of Judaism. They actually believe in Judaism. They aren't JINO’s, whose real faith is in liberalism, not God.
The earth should open and swallow these kapos whole.
Along with their ‘golden’ calf.
A Yiddish lesson for all Freepers. The word for vommit in Yiddish is “brech” (the ‘ch’ being the same as in Chanukkah...or, if you speak Spanish, ‘j’ like jota)
I read this article and brech....
Are you sure that’s not Rabbits for Obama?
“Are you sure thats not Rabbits for Obama?”
I thought I saw that headline - On the Washington Free Bacon... er -Beacon
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The unfortunate people (who may or may not be Jews for the reason stated above) who look to these charlatans as spiritual leaders are not even aware that they are being led astray at the least and are being outright robbed of the profound truth and beauty of their religion if they are truly Jews. The disgraceful chicanery of these Reform "rabbis" of supporting a pig who has shown beyond the shadow of a doubt that he will undermine Israel and be a friend to her enemies is ample proof that they are not fit to even be called Jews (even if they were born to a Jewish mother) let alone be entrusted to lead a congregation. They are willing conspirators to the destruction of Israel and the United States.
The Conservative "rabbis" are but a tick behind the Reform charlatans. Once you decide that YOU are qualified to decide what to pick to observe and what doesn't need to be observed, you are as naugahyde is to real leather as far as your Jewish observance. Doesn't matter if Reform "rabbis" observe 10% of halacha and Conservative "rabbis" observe 90% of halacha. If you are violating the law, you are a fake and have no business leading a congregation, the blind leading the blinder. And you certainly have NO business giving comfort to an avowed enemy of Israel and the United States. Fie on you!
Time to go to bed....I thought the headline said 600 rabbits were backing Obama....
I’m not Catholic but whenever I see a “You can’t be Catholic and pro-choice” bumper sticker, I nod in agreement. I’m also not Jewish, but maybe someone needs to create a “You can’t be a Rabbi and vote for Obama” bumper sticker.
Are these real Jews or just Jews for the extra holidays they get off work?
Is that Obamulke in Post 5 for real?
I will never understand the Jewish love affair with the state and state power.
The state has never been a friend of the Jews.
The United States is the only state in the history of the world where Jews haven’t been persecuted.
And the irony is that most Jews live conservative lives and are not dependent on the state for their existence.
And nowhere in the Torah does it say that Jews should outsource their religious duties-charity and compassion for others— to the government.
And on top everything else, the far left(allied with the Democratic Party) in this country equates Zionism with neo-imperialism and evil.
The J Street crowd of self loathing, opportunistic “Rabbi’s” are little different from those collaborators appointed by the nazis to serve on the Holocaust era Judenrat.
Waaal,whatyknow, here I thought jews were pretty smart people, but i guess they got their DUDDS like everyone else
Think they might be looking for bigger grants?
Well then YOU should pull the Rabbis voting card!
Orthodox are around 10% of Jews in the U.S. They don't represent the "Jewish vote" in America anymore than Maryland represents the "southern vote". Obama may win big in Maryland but he'll get crushed in the south as a whole. Orthodox Rabbis may dislike Obama but Jewish voters in general will still blindly support him.
‘Orthodox are around 10% of Jews in the U.S’
Might even be less than 10%
Just for fun, I looked this up-
“How Strong is Orthodox Judaism — Really?
The Demographics of Jewish Religious Identification”
This fellow puts the number of ‘orthodox Jews in the U.S. at approx. 600,000. And worldwide at about 2.2 mil.
Side note: the birthrate of the Orthodox is more than double the non-orthodox.
And- most are affiliated with some synagogue. Affiliated Jews in the U.S. are put at about 4.5 million, which still only puts the orthodox at less than 12%.
Still, 600,000 Orthodox Jews in the U.S. is nothing to sneeze at, -and the Obamatrons have made a deliberate effort to ignore them.
NOT a Rabbi, but a “rabbi”. A true Rabbi does not put Marx above Moses, and Obama above halacha.
I remember in 2008 The Schlepp...young people being urged to visit old relatives and talk them into voting for the “unknown one”.
Pamela Gellar of Atlas Shrugs tried to get a reverse Schlepp going—to convince Jewish seniors that Bath-House Barry wasn’t worth spit.
I hope something like this is in the works again.
Those of the Jewish faith seem to go for the “underdog”—well, the underdog THIS time is the poor American slob paying his bills, raising a family and paying taxes that buy all the lobster that goes down America-hating Manchelle’s throat. (God only knows what goes down Bath-House Barry’s throat.)
Are rabbits allowed to vote now?
It has to do with the way their numbers are distributed. If they were all concentrated together in a swing state like Ohio, Obama would really be shooting himself in the foot by ignoring them. However, they appear to be in places like Brooklyn where their presence in the voting pool isn't likely to affect the outcome and the electoral totals.
More problematic for the Dems than the "Orthodox Rabbi" minority within Judaism that leans conservative, is the Cuban-American vote within the Hispanic community that leans conservative. They have a lot of clout in Florida, whereas I think Orthodox Jews don't even have a lot of clout in Jewish communities as a whole, let alone the general public. Their numbers are growing, but so are the numbers of secular, non-practicing Jews, and I bet they're overwhelmingly Democrat.
The electoral college has an interesting impact on how votes are distributed. It's why both Henry Wallace and Strom Thurmond received about 2% of the popular vote nationwide in 1948, but Thurmond won 39 electoral votes and Wallace won 0. Thurmond's votes came almost exclusively from the deep south, while Wallace's were scattered nationwide and did best in liberal areas that were "safe Democrat" anyway.
Mullahs for Obama!
Conservative in my state is a huge, vast difference than Reform. Borderline modern orthodox if you will.
Reform is downright kooky in the West.
I feel like there is a shortage of good, conservative rabbis out here.
“Is that Obamulke in Post 5 for real?”
Yes but the person who is wearing it is a fake.
It appears he has done some outreach to Orthodox Jews, but thankfully they’re not buying his B.S.:
Obama’s website doesn’t list the denomination of the “600 Rabbi’s”, so I’d be curious to know just how many the “handful” of Orthodox rabbi’s that endorsed him are... 3 Rabbis? 5? 7? And more importantly, how they can justify their endorsement.
The media’s perception of religious denominations is very odd. During the coverage of the Iowa caucus, they talks about the super duper important “evangelical vote” so much that you’d think the state is 99% evangelical protestants and 1% everyone else. It’s actually split evenly between Catholics and Evangelicals — about 25% evangelical, 23% Catholic, and 50% everyone else. I guess the media figures Catholics either don’t vote or aren’t important, since they never discussed the “Catholic vote” in Iowa and no candidate bothered with “outreach” to them, including the Catholic candidates.
“And on top everything else, the far left(allied with the Democratic Party) in this country equates Zionism with neo-imperialism and evil.”
It was once the other way around. Truman and Robert Kennedy versus H W Bush and Baker. Some Jews vote democrat because they remember the old pro-Israel New Republic Democrat and others vote Democrat because they really don’t like Israel.
There are other Jews who think that most Republicans are like Akin and want to force their kids to celebrate Christmas in public school.
Spiritual depravity was the reason that G-d took the Jews out of Egypt. The Jews in Egypt had fallen to the 49th level (of 50 possible levels, with 50 being the lowest) of tumah--spiritual impurity and moral decadence. G-d took them out of Egypt, away from the immorality of the Egyptians just before they fell to the lowest level--the state of total spiritual suicide and an end to being Jewish. Had they lingered just the slightest more bit of time in Egypt, they would have been irredeemable.
It seems that, from what I've seen, unfortunately many Jews here have reached the 49th or even a lower level of tumah. Cavorting about in immodest clothing with accompanying lewd behavior, substituting the acquisition of material goods for attaining spiritual growth, and ignoring the Commandments has resulted in a loss of the whole concept of what constitutes a Jewish life. These unfortunate people don't even know what conducting oneself as a Jew means--and I don't mean having an appetite for bagels!
It is therefore little wonder that they fall prey to slick false promises from a snake oil salesman and that they don't even care if he wants to throw Israel under the bus. One Obamabot told me hotly, "If you care so much about Israel, why don't you move there?" The assimilated have no concept of the special holiness of Israel to the Jewish people and its exalted place in our history, so it's just a geographical name to them. They are willing to settle for vinyl because they don't even know the joy of real leather.
“Maybe its time for Republicans to stop worrying about Israel.”
That is the silliest thing I’ve ever heard.
Israel is in real danger. You’re going to let Israel, the only democracy and our only ally in the ME, be nuked off of the planet or, as they say, be driven into the sea?
You are advocating genocide.
Okie dokie...we know where you stand.
The rest of your post is too nonsensical to address.
There are a lot of Catholics who don’t back Obama, too, even though some with loud voices in the church say otherwise.
Thanks for the new yiddish word! At least, it’s new to me.
Brech...I’ll remember it. ;o)
It makes me sad to see how quickly many Jews seem to have forgotten that socialism and gas chambers go hand in hand.
Rabbis support nationalist socialist Muslim communist, the first Kenyan president.
Judaism and Israel must be out of favor among Rabbis, because the obamunists do not support them either.
Not just socialism and not just gas chambers.
The relationship between concentrated state power and killing and oppressing Jews is one that goes back over 2000 years and transcends continents, religions, forms of government, and cultures.
If I were a Jew, I would be a Milton Friedman Jew.
The less government the better, not just for economic reasons, but to remain politically free and physically alive.
IDIOTS! LIBERALS FIRST, JEWS SECOND!!
Meant in the Western states of the US.
There isn’t a synagogue on every other corner like there is in NYC.
There are plenty of Jews in Israel who are not frum either so it is not about physical location.
And of course, different movements of Chasidism — which one is right?
All that aside, it must be about outreach and bringing secular Jews back into the fold via multiple paths. We need to be good teachers, and there is a shortage of them according to this list.
Yep. I remember that meeting (and posting an article). Obama was met with virtual silence. I doubt you'll see him do that again. :)
The three or four orthodox Rabbis that signed on to this are probably not associated with with any true orthodox movement or were influenced by others to do it somehow. There are also a few knee jerk Democrat orthodox too. Actually know a couple. One worked for Moynahan. Democrat-ism is his second religion.
The medias perception of religious denominations is very odd.
Like you said, the Dems look at the voting demographics. Then massage their message to the respective voters and worked with the sycophant media operatives. That is why nobody went after the Catholics in Iowa IMHO.
That’s 600 people too stupid to live. They are backing someone that hates them and their nation of Israel.
My reply was a description of the sorry state of American Jewry's level of knowledge, let alone observance. It was a lament, a personal Eichah. It was not a condemnation. You cannot condemn non-observance of mitzvos you don't even know exist. They are the Tinok Shenishbah, raised in ignorance by the ignorant. In some cases, they are people who know better but who went off the derech, lusting after false gods of material attainment, popularity, shaking off the yoke of authority in general.
You are absolutely correct in that we must be good teachers to the secular Jews. One way to do this is to lead by example. Another way is to lovingly inform while not condemning.
It's a funny thing, but I have often received compliments from non-Jewish colleagues about how I stick to my principles no matter what political or personal flack it brings me. They really admire me. I have never received any such compliment from a non-observant Jew. They instead cringe about me "making waves". Hard to believe we come from the same people.
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