Not Just Jerusalem: Why America’s Rabbis Voted Trump and Don’t Regret It

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  1. joel rich says:

    Accepting your thesis perhaps you might write a piece concerning how to mitigate the downsides of such a relationship.

    • Bob Miller says:

      I suppose that there is a risk in making the better choice; diehard champions of the worse choice will try to torment you. Oh, well.

      • Reb Yid says:

        There is no defending the indefensible. This is no longer about the past election but rather about what has transpired since The Donald has occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

        America has not been the better for it. And in the long run we will be far far worse off. Historians will rank him among the worst of all time.

        But some of you just love to quadruple and quintuple down. No matter how bald faced the lie, you’ll defend him to the death

        When the pushback comes don’t look to your fellow Jews for support or comfort. You’ll have earned the punishment.

      • Yaakov Menken says:

        The Dow Jones Index just hit 25,000 this morning, and that’s “not better.” We now have a massive tax cut, and that’s “not better.”

        We finally have a President who recognizes, as official policy, that Israel is not the source of the Middle East’s problems, and that’s “not better.” We have a President who acknowledges that Jewish life in Judea is not “illegal,” that Jews praying at the Western Wall are not “illegal occupiers,” and that’s “not better.”

  2. tzippi says:

    There are many reluctant Trumpers – and I would suggest that most Orthodox people who voted for Trump did so reluctantly – who might still have made the same choice.
    But they still wouldn’t be proud to have done so.

  3. dr. bill says:

    one can cogently argue that voting for trump over clinton was a rational decision given a forced choice. however, those who either conflate a religious (or Heaven forbid, a halakhic) basis or minimize the depravity of the choices with which we were presented, have taken a step into the abyss. Trump’s instincts are often admirable, but his inability to admit error, a sad tendency to overreact and/or exaggerate, and a questionable moral/ethical character should keep those whose ethical compass is not disabled on-guard. like Ben Shapiro, a C+ rating seems accurate. one can only hope that with an increasingly rational staff, his more positive angels will prevail on a more consistent basis.

  4. DF says:

    Concurred thoroughly, and for many other reasons you didn’t mention. Will note only that you presumably wrote this prior to the release of Sholom Rubashkin. A lesser man would not have done what Trump did, even if he was aware of the travesty of justice that Rubashkin had suffered in his sentencing. A lesser president would have worried and fretted about the politics of it. But Trump is bigger than that. The right thing needed to be done, and he did it.

    No, he’s not perfect, no president is. And setbacks are inevitable. But his first year has been a stunning success, surpassing what even his supporters expected. The economy is roaring, American confidence is back, and he’s only getting started. God Bless him.

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