The Pain of the Con­tem­po­rary Ortho­dox Jew

The ground­break­ing Pew sur­vey of Amer­i­can Jews found four years ago that, in a few short decades, Ortho­dox Jews will com­prise the ma­jor­ity of Jews in New York. But me­dia re­ports typ­i­cally ig­nore them, paint­ing al­most all Jews as lib­eral.

The Jewish Voice - - SPECIAL FEATURES - By: Rabbi Prof Dov Fis­cher

Iam an Ortho­dox Jew and, be­sides also be­ing an ad­junct pro­fes­sor of law and hav­ing prac­ticed com­plex busi­ness lit­i­ga­tion for two decades at three of Amer­ica's most prom­i­nent na­tional law firms, I also am an Ortho­dox rabbi of 35 years. More about that last one later.

Five years ago, my syn­a­gogue needed ac­cess to ex­tra park­ing space. There was an ex­pan­sive park­ing lot ad­ja­cent to us, part of a large church cam­pus. I ap­proached the pas­tor to dis­cuss our re­quest for ac­cess, and we be­gan with the usual ex­changes of warm phatic lan­guage. In time, I asked which de­nom­i­na­tion of Protes­tantism his church fol­lowed, and he replied that his con­gre­ga­tion is Lutheran. He then said a few more words, some­thing about a “synod.”

As an Ortho­dox Jew who used some of my un­der­grad­u­ate time at Columbia Univer­sity to study re­li­gions, when I was not tak­ing rad­i­cal-left cour­ses in Frantz Fanon, Sa­muel Melville, Mal­colm X, and Marx and En­gels to meet the re­quire­ments for my ba­sic Ivy League po­lit­i­cal science ma­jor, I knew about Protes­tant de­nom­i­na­tions. Bap­tists, Methodists, Epis­co­palians, Uni­tar­i­ans, Ad­ven­tists, Wit­nesses, Pres­by­te­ri­ans, Luther­ans, oth­ers. But on the day when I vis­ited the Lutheran pas­tor to ex­plore whether our Jewish syn­a­gogue could pave our way to Par­adise since the church thank­fully had put up a park­ing lot, I learned fur­ther that there even are Protes­tant de­nom­i­na­tions within de­nom­i­na­tions.

The pas­tor shared with me that there are sev­eral types of Bap­tists, even sev­eral types of Luther­ans. The more rad­i­cal-left Luther­ans seem to be or­ga­nized among the Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church of Amer­ica (ELCA). And then there are oth­ers, more tra­di­tional, in the Mis­souri Synod. And oth­ers in the Wis­con­sin Synod (even thought the last two are com­prised of Luther­ans who, for the most part, never have been to Mis­souri or Wis­con­sin, nor ever signed on to a synod).

Who knew? Go fig­ure.

So I then ex­plained to the pas­tor about us Jews. We also have three main de­nom­i­na­tions: the Ortho­dox Jews, the Con­ser­va­tive Jews (mis­nomered be­cause they are ex­tremely lib­eral), and the Re­form Jews (to the left of the “Con­ser­va­tives”). As I ex­plained to him, my thoughts went back to a fas­ci­nat­ing meet­ing I had re­quested a few years ear­lier when I met pri­vately with the Catholic Bishop of Orange County, Cal­i­for­nia. As one of the very few Ortho­dox rab­bis in my neck of the woods, in a com­mu­nity of the most won­der­ful rab­binic col­leagues but al­most all of whom are non-Ortho­dox, I thought it im­por­tant to in­tro­duce my­self to the Bishop and to ex­plore ar­eas of com­mon in­ter­est.

The Bishop was wel­com­ing and, again af­ter the manda­tory ex­change of phatic niceties, we got down to stuff. The at­mos­phere was con­ge­nial and friendly – what col­lege snowflakes would call a “safe space,” only with a mu­tual agree­ment that no trig­ger warn­ings would be needed and no mi­croag­gre­sions would be per­ceived as we learned about each other. As such, the Bishop sin­cerely asked me, “Why is it that the Jews, who re­ceived the Word, do not seem to be­lieve in the lit­eral truth of the Old Tes­ta­ment?”

A fair ques­tion.

I an­swered: “Oh, but we Ortho­dox Jews do. We Ortho­dox Jews be­lieve in the truth of ev­ery word of the To­rah – what you would call the Pen­ta­teuch or the Five Books of Moses.”

“You do?” he asked, a bit sur­prised. “Yes, we do.”

And so it went. Then why not strictly ob­serve the Bi­ble's kosher di­etary laws? “Oh, but we do.” Well, what about the strict ob­ser­vance of the Lord's Day. “Oh, but we do – and we ob­serve that Day of Rest lit­er­ally on the sev­enth day of the week, from Fri­day sun­set to Satur­day night­fall, ex­actly as in Ge­n­e­sis 1 through the third verse of Chap­ter 2. Just as the To­rah tells us that G-d rested from six days of Creation on the sev­enth day.” “You do?”

“Yes, we do.”

Now it got fun: Then what about re­spect­ing the Lord's com­mand­ment in Leviti­cus 18 about mar­riages be­tween . . .

“But we do.” “You do?” “Yes, we do.”

And what about the life of the un­born fe­tus?

“But we do.” “You do?” “Yes, we do.”

It turned out that we Ortho­dox Jews ad­here to views on abor­tion, birth con­trol, as­sisted sui­cide, and other con­tro­ver­sial so­cial is­sues that strongly par­al­lel, though dif­fer a bit in nu­ance and ap­pli­ca­tion from those be­lieved by many tra­di­tion­al­ist and fun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­tians and by the Catholic Church. The Bishop hon­estly, sin­cerely never had met one of me be­fore, an Ortho­dox Jew.

Was I a ringer? Nope. Just as I had not known about ELCA and dif­fer­ent Lutheran syn­ods, the Bishop had thought that vir­tu­ally all Jews are doc­trin­naire lib­eral, the­o­log­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally. Con­doms for San­dra Fluke. His­tor­i­cal re­vi­sion­ism for Dr. Kevorkian. I guess (look­ing back with def­er­ence to Ex­o­dus 19 and 20) our meet­ing proved quite a rev­e­la­tion.

Ortho­dox Jews be­lieve in the lit­eral truth of the To­rah. Un­like most non-Ortho­dox rab­bis from to­day's lib­eral rab­binic sem­i­nar­ies, even Ortho­dox Jewish laity be­lieve that Abra­ham and Sarah re­ally ex­isted, that Jews re­ally were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and that G-d took us out of there with a strong hand, an out­stretched arm, with signs and won­ders in­clud­ing ten of the most amaz­ing plagues, even more in­tense than the four years of the Jimmy Carter pres­i­dency. No de­nial about egress­ing da Nile. We Ortho­dox be­lieve that we then pro­ceeded, in our mil­lions, to Mount Si­nai where, our tra­di­tion teaches, ev­ery Jewish soul for all-time-to-come stood dur­ing the Divine Rev­e­la­tion as G-d spoke the first two of the Ten Com­mand­ments, and Moses then spoke the Deca­logue's re­main­ing eight com­mands.

In­deed, when­ever I newly meet a Jewish per­son, I al­ways greet him or her with the words: “Didn't I see you at Si­nai? Weren't you the guy/lady back in the fourth row to the right with the Brook­lyn Dodgers cap?”

Here is why all this ran­dom the­ol­ogy mat­ters so much to the in­formed Amer­i­can con­ser­va­tive po­lit­i­cal ob­server:

The main­stream me­dia will not tell you so, but Ortho­dox Jews, whom ev­ery de­mo­graphic study con­firms are the only grow­ing pop­u­la­tion group in Amer­i­can Jewish life – and do­ing so rapidly – are rock-ribbed Repub­li­can con­ser­va­tives. When more com­pelling pas­sions im­pelled the Hon. Car­los Dan­ger (aka An­thony Weiner) to give up his seat in New York's 9th Con­gres­sional District – a district in­clud­ing parts of Brook­lyn and Queens that pre­vi­ously had elected Chuck Schumer and, be­fore him, nearly a cen­tury of other lib­eral Democrats in­clud­ing Geral­dine Fer­raro – the spe­cial elec­tion to re­place him pit­ted a lib­eral Demo­crat who claimed Ortho­dox Jewish at­tach­ments against Bob Turner, a non-Jewish Repub­li­can con­ser­va­tive.

Over the years, the District's pop­u­la­tion had at­tracted grow­ing num­bers of Ortho­dox Jews. To the shock of ev­ery­one ex­cept for those who un­der­stand this stuff, that District's newly ex­panded Ortho­dox Jewish vot­ing bloc elected Turner to be the first Repub­li­can rep­re­sent­ing that district in nearly a cen­tury. Stunned by the po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ment – Jews go­ing Repub­li­can con­ser­va­tive in a district that had been a Demo­crat lock for more than 80 years – the Democrats of New York re­sponded by erad­i­cat­ing the district from the face of earth dur­ing the sub­se­quent re­dis­trict­ing that com­pelled New York to elim­i­nate two dis­tricts any­way, as that state con­tin­ues los­ing pop­u­la­tion to warmer and more Repub­li­can cli­mates. In other words, you may not ger­ry­man­der African Amer­i­cans or Lati­nos out of the fran­chise, but you may wipe out the vot­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion of con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can Ortho­dox Jews.

Ev­ery se­ri­ous study of Ortho­dox Jewish vot­ing pat­terns re­flects that, in precincts where Ortho­dox Jews live, Repub­li­can can­di­dates win, and they win yuge. This po­lit­i­cal con­ser­vatism re­flects the Ortho­dox Jewish com­mu­nity's more tra­di­tional re­li­gious and so­cial val­ues. Ortho­dox Jews be­lieve in the Tanakh, the 24-vol­ume “Bi­ble” that non-Jews call the “Old Tes­ta­ment.” (For us, it's still as new as to­day.) Thus, we strictly eat kosher, as com­manded in Leviti­cus and Deuteron­omy. We do not drive on the Sab­bath, nor en­gage in any trans­ac­tions nor even dis­cuss busi­ness on the Lord's Day of Rest, and that Sab­bath runs from Fri­day sun­set un­til Satur­day night­fall be­cause the Bi­ble says: “And it was evening, and it was morn­ing [mark­ing the] Sixth Day” – and all of Creation was com­pleted.

Thus, we are so­cially con­ser­va­tive and eco­nom­i­cally cap­i­tal­ist be­cause we take the To­rah laws se­ri­ously. We give char­ity with­out the Gov­ern­ment teach­ing us about moral­ity be­cause we are com­manded to give. Con­trary to stereo­types, we are bru­tally hon­est in busi­ness at great per­sonal eco­nomic loss. We set aside a tenth of our earn­ings for char­ity. Our mar­riages are het­ero­sex­ual. And sev­eral of us Ortho­dox rab­bis even

file am­i­cus cu­rae briefs in the United States Supreme Court sup­port­ing re­li­gious po­si­tions taken by groups like the Lit­tle Sis­ters of the Poor.

This mat­ters for Amer­i­can con­ser­va­tives of all re­li­gions, eth­nic­i­ties, races, and na­tion­al­i­ties be­cause, with non-Ortho­dox Jews re­flect­ing the sur­round­ing Amer­i­can cul­ture of de­lay­ing mar­riage (if they marry at all) un­til very late into their mid- and later thir­ties, then hav­ing no chil­dren or per­haps merely one, most typ­i­cally mar­ry­ing non-Jews, and not rear­ing that child with To­rah val­ues, the only Jewish de­mo­graphic who are grow­ing in the United States are Ortho­dox Jews.

We marry ear­lier, have more chil­dren than our re­place­ment rate, and im­bue our chil­dren with our To­rah val­ues. As a re­sult, the ground­break­ing Pew sur­vey of Amer­i­can Jews found four years ago that, in a few short decades, Ortho­dox Jews will com­prise the ma­jor­ity of Jews in New York. Be­yond even that,“There is a trend afoot, and in the next big pop­u­la­tion sur­vey like this, we will see the be­gin­ning of a switch, whereby Ortho­dox Jews will even­tu­ally likely be the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­can Jews,” ac­cord­ing to Prof. Sarah Bunin Benor of the He­brew Union Col­lege-Jewish In­sti­tute of Re­li­gion, a non-Ortho­dox sem­i­nary.

And this is why it is so painful to­day for con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can Ortho­dox Jews to read daily me­dia re­ports that typ­i­cally ig­nore us, in an at­tempt to paint al­most all Jews as lib­eral. We Ortho­dox Jews – the ones who wear yarmulkas, who are at the core of the kosher-food in­dus­try that at­tracts more mil­lions of non-Jewish con­sumers than we com­prise be­cause they trust rab­binic food over­sight more than they do the Gov­ern­ment, the ones you per­haps see walk­ing to syn­a­gogue on Satur­day morn­ing or greet­ing you help­fully at the Western Wall in Jerusalem when you visit – are ex­cluded from me­dia cov­er­age.

As easy as we are to spot, the me­dia do all they can to keep us in­vis­i­ble. Thus, the me­dia will not in­vite our state­ments nor quote us when we send them our press re­leases – ex­cept if we say some­thing to ad­vance their lib­eral agenda. Democrats Bill Clin­ton and Barack Obama named Jews to the Supreme Court, care­fully se­lect­ing doc­trin­naire Jewish lib­er­als like Ruth Bader Gins­burg, Elana Ka­gan, and Stephen Breyer. By se­lec­tively high­light­ing Jewish lib­er­als for ev­ery ve­hi­cle, Democrats cru­elly pro­mote a stereo­type that ig­nores Ortho­dox and non-Ortho­dox Jewish con­ser­va­tives. Just as Democrats hounded the Hon. Clarence Thomas when he, a proud African-Amer­i­can, was nom­i­nated for the Supreme Court – be­cause Blacks like Dr. Ben Car­son, Her­man Cain, Col. Allen West, Larry Elder, Michael Steele, Stacey Dash, and Jus­tice Thomas are not al­lowed to be con­ser­va­tives and Repub­li­cans – so it is that they have shut out Ortho­dox Jewish con­ser­va­tives, bar­ring us and our na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and spokesper­sons from the ta­ble and elim­i­nat­ing us from pub­lic dis­course.

Our or­ga­ni­za­tions never get quoted. Our pub­lic af­fairs pol­icy po­si­tions never get re­ported. Thus, for ex­am­ple, when an ag­glom­er­a­tion of the most lib­eral left rab­bis – the non-Ortho­dox rab­bis – an­nounce that they will not par­tic­i­pate in a phone call with the Pres­i­dent of the United States, the me­dia splash the news. But why is “Dog Bites Man” news? These are the same Demo­crat lib­eral rab­bis who fell over them­selves to hail Obama, even as Obama al­lowed the United Na­tions to pro­claim that Jews have no his­tor­i­cal bond to any part of Jerusalem, even as Obama brushed off an anti-Jewish Rad­i­cal Is­lamist ter­ror at­tack at a kosher gro­cery in France as a case of “ran­dom vi­o­lence,” even as Obama pro­ceeded with the Iran deal.

The big­ger news story that the me­dia, ex­cept for Arutz Sheva, fail to re­port is that the one-thou­sand mem­bers of the Ortho­dox Rab­bini­cal Coun­cil of Amer­ica did not join in the boy­cott an­nounce­ment. Nor did the Agu­dath Is­rael of Amer­ica. Nor did the rab­bini­cal body of the 140-syn­a­gogue Na­tional Coun­cil of Young Is­rael. Nor did the Union of Ortho­dox Jewish Con­gre­ga­tions of Amer­ica, com­prised of some 1,000 af­fil­i­ated syn­a­gogues. Nor did the 200-plus rab­bis of the Coali­tion for Jewish Val­ues. The me­dia blacked out the news that the ma­jor­ity of all sem­i­nary-or­dained rab­bis in the United States are Ortho­dox and that they gladly would par­tic­i­pate in a phone call with the Pres­i­dent of the United States.

In the same way, sev­eral Jewish or­ga­ni­za­tions that his­tor­i­cally were as­so­ci­ated with pro­tect­ing Jewish rights in the past

have been taken over by the Democrats, con­vert­ing them into de facto arms of the Left. The Anti-Defama­tion League, for ex­am­ple, now is run by a for­mer Obama staffer, and he has turned ADL into a vir­tual Demo­crat mouth­piece. Sim­i­larly, an or­ga­ni­za­tion bear­ing the name of the pre­cious youth­ful in­no­cent Holo­caust vic­tim and hero­ine, Anne Frank, now is run by a for­mer New Jer­sey Gay Mar­riage ac­tivist, an ex­treme left­ist, and he now lever­ages the Anne Frank name to at­tack con­ser­va­tives and Repub­li­cans, and runs around to me­dia all-too-will­ing to give him a mega­phone, call­ing ex­cep­tional con­ser­va­tive al­lies of the Jewish com­mu­nity and of Is­rael “anti-Semites.”

When ev­ery lo­cal street killing is called a “Holo­caust,” then the term “Holo­caust” loses all mean­ing. And when ev­ery Jewish ally and friend of Is­rael is called “anti-Semite" merely be­cause he or she votes Repub­li­can or as­so­ciates with val­ues that were pro­moted by the Eco­nomics No­bel Lau­re­ate, Mil­ton Fried­man (yep, a Jew who pro­vided in­tel­lec­tual heft to mod­ern-day Amer­i­can cap­i­tal­ism) or Ayn Rand (née Alisa Rosen­baum – yep, an­other one), then true haters emerge undi­min­ished when rightly tagged as such but slapped with a dis­cred­ited ex­e­cra­tion.

It is im­por­tant for Amer­i­can con­ser­va­tives, par­tic­u­larly Chris­tians and Catholics, to know that there is a mas­sive sea change un­fold­ing in the Amer­i­can Jewish vot­ing com­mu­nity. Nancy Pelosi, Stephen Col­bert, Tim Kaine, and Joe Bi­den may be Catholic, but they do not nec­es­sar­ily re­flect the val­ues or teach­ings of the Pope. Jimmy Carter may be evan­gel­i­cal, but he does not nec­es­sar­ily rep­re­sent with con­sis­tency the hi­er­ar­chy of val­ues cher­ished by the great broad Amer­i­can Chris­tian com­mu­nity, even though he does en­gage in some acts of kind­ness, for some. And the panoply of Jewish-sur­named celebri­ties who show up in some seg­ments of the en­ter­tain­ment and news in­dus­tries, hardly re­flect ac­tual Jewish val­ues be­cause Jewish val­ues are rooted not in the plat­form of the Democrats nor in a Bernie

San­ders speech at­tack­ing Is­rael's rights to Jerusalem, Judea, and Sa­maria – but in the Tal­mud, the Codes of Jewish Law ar­ranged by Mai­monides (Ram­bam) and Rabbi Yosef Karo, and in the ac­cu­mu­lated re­sponsa of the great rab­bis like the ven­er­ated Rabbi Avra­ham Kook, Rabbi Moshe Fe­in­stein,Rabbi Avra­ham Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Soloveitchik, the Ben Ish Chai, Rabbi Mordec­ahi Eliyahu and Rabbi Ova­dia Yosef.

In great mea­sure, when ob­serv­ing the un­fold­ing evo­lu­tion of the Amer­i­can Jewish voter from Demo­crat to Repub­li­can, the par­al­lel model to con­sider is the South­ern Demo­crat vote. That elec­toral bloc, amaz­ingly, took more than a full cen­tury to evolve, un­til those vot­ers fi­nally started cast­ing bal­lots for the party ac­tu­ally align­ing with the is­sues they truly be­lieve in. In the 1860s, South­ern­ers voted Demo­crat. Once they at­tached to the Demo­crat party, the South's party al­le­giance there­upon ad­hered to the Democrats for a hun­dred years like cyanoacry­late (epoxy ad­he­sive) with no nail-pol­ish re­mover on the hori­zon.

Long af­ter the Democrats' power bro­kers up north had laughed them off as “dumb crack­ers,” con­ser­va­tive Chris­tian South­ern­ers still in­com­pre­hen­si­bly con­tin­ued choos­ing Democrats to rep­re­sent them for all elected of­fices lo­cally and in Wash­ing­ton. Crazy! It took George McGovern of South Dakota, James Earl Carter, Jr. of Ge­or­gia and Barack Obama of Hawaii and Illi­nois fi­nally to pry the South­ern states, along with West Vir­ginia and some other thereto­fore im­pen­e­tra­ble Demo­crat re­doubts, from the Democrats' col­umns and fi­nally to move them solidly to the Repub­li­cans for the next gen­er­a­tion and more. That iden­ti­cal process now is un­der­way within the Amer­i­can Jewish elec­torate, thanks also to Mr. Obama of Hawaii and Illi­nois – the trans­for­ma­tive Pres­i­dent un­der whom the earth healed and who per­ma­nently stopped the sea from ris­ing.

Slowly, slowly – but very surely – Amer­i­can Jews have no­ticed that the Repub­li­cans of the 1940s and 1950s – many of whose Gentle­man's Agree­ments kept us out of their Ivy League uni­ver­si­ties, and our at­tor­neys out of their ma­jor law firms, and our doc­tors out of their med­i­cal prac­tices, and all of us out of their coun­try clubs – have moved from the James Baker stereo­types to a new gen­er­a­tion of Is­rael's best friends. And Jews like­wise have been watch­ing and in­creas­ingly com­pre­hend­ing as the Demo­crat party that once stood by Is­rael as a strong ally, marked by such his­tor­i­cal fig­ures as Harry Tru­man, Hu­bert Humphrey, Sen.Henry Jack­son, and Daniel Pa­trick Moyni­han, now is the party of Al Sharp­ton, Keith El­li­son, the John Kerry State De­part­ment , and the Kirsten Gil­li­brands who just take a pass on Is­rael.

The Amer­i­can Jewish vote slowly is chang­ing, fol­low­ing the same strangely lethar­gic path trekked by South­ern Democrats who needed only a hun­dred and twenty years, or so, to fig­ure the thing out. In the past forty years, since Me­nachem Be­gin first was elected Is­rael's Prime Min­is­ter in 1977, we have seen the pop­u­la­tion of the Jewish State aban­don their prior half-cen­tury in­fat­u­a­tion with the now-dy­ing La­bor Party and move sharply to the Cen­ter-Right. In the United King­dom, like­wise, Jewish vot­ers have com­pletely adopted po­lit­i­cal con­ser­vatism, evolv­ing over­whelm­ingly to align with the right, now com­pletely dump­ing the left and iden­ti­fy­ing tightly as the strong­est among vot­ing blocs sup­port­ing Bri­tish con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates and their Con­ser­va­tive Party. Slowly em­u­lat­ing these mod­els, led by the emerg­ing Ortho­dox Jewish ma­jor­ity in the United States, the Amer­i­can Jewish voter now is in the be­gin­ning phase of an his­toric evo­lu­tion that will con­tinue to take some time, but that is mov­ing Amer­i­can Jewry to­ward the Repub­li­can party.

And, mean­while, there are plenty of Amer­i­can Ortho­dox rab­bis who would love to be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a Rosh Hashanah Sea­son tele­phone con­fer­ence with the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the United States.

Rabbi Dov Fis­cher, an at­tor­ney and ad­junct pro­fes­sor of law, is a Se­nior Rab­binic Fel­low at the Coali­tion for Jewish Val­ues, con­gre­ga­tional rabbi of Young Is­rael of Orange County, Cal­i­for­nia, and holds prom­i­nent lead­er­ship roles in sev­eral na­tional rab­binic and other Jewish or­ga­ni­za­tions. He has been Chief Ar­ti­cles Ed­i­tor of UCLA Law Re­view, clerked for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Ap­peals for the Sixth Cir­cuit, and served for most of the past decade on the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Rab­bini­cal Coun­cil of Amer­ica. His writ­ings have ap­peared in The Weekly Stan­dard, Na­tional Re­view, Wall Street Jour­nal, Los An­ge­les Times, Jerusalem Post, Amer­i­can Thinker, Front­page Mag­a­zine, and Is­rael Na­tional News. Other of his writ­ings are col­lected at www. rab­bidov.com.

For­mer ca­ble TV ex­ec­u­tive Bob Turner was the first Repub­li­can to hold the seat from New York’s 9th Con­gres­sional district in 80 years. He suc­ceeded dis­graced Con­gress­man An­thony Weiner. Rabbi Fis­cher says: “The Democrats of New York re­sponded by erad­i­cat­ing the district from the face of earth dur­ing the sub­se­quent re­dis­trict­ing that com­pelled New York to elim­i­nate two dis­tricts any­way, as that state con­tin­ues los­ing pop­u­la­tion to warmer and more Repub­li­can cli­mates. In other words, you may not ger­ry­man­der African Amer­i­cans or Lati­nos out of the fran­chise, but you may wipe out the vot­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion of con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can Ortho­dox Jews.”

We Ortho­dox be­lieve that we then pro­ceeded, in our mil­lions, to Mount Si­nai where, our tra­di­tion teaches, ev­ery Jewish soul for all-time-to-come stood dur­ing the Divine Rev­e­la­tion as G-d spoke the first two of the Ten Com­mand­ments, and Moses then spoke the Deca­logue’s re­main­ing eight com­mands.

Says Rabbi Fis­cher: “And sev­eral of us Ortho­dox rab­bis even file am­i­cus cu­rae briefs in the United States Supreme Court sup­port­ing re­li­gious po­si­tions taken by groups like the Lit­tle Sis­ters of the Poor.”

David Weprin, a lib­eral Demo­crat (pic­tured above) ran against Bob Turner, a non-Jewish Repub­li­can con­ser­va­tive for the Con­gres­sional seat that was va­cated by Rep An­thony Weiner

The more rad­i­cal-left Luther­ans seem to be or­ga­nized among the Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church of Amer­ica (ELCA).

Rabbi Dov Fis­cher writes: “We are so­cially con­ser­va­tive and eco­nom­i­cally cap­i­tal­ist be­cause we take the To­rah laws se­ri­ously. We give char­ity with­out the Gov­ern­ment teach­ing us about moral­ity be­cause we are com­manded to give.”

Writes Rabbi Fis­cher: “Democrats Bill Clin­ton and Barack Obama named Jews to the Supreme Court, care­fully se­lect­ing doc­trin­naire Jewish lib­er­als like Ruth Bader Gins­burg, Elana Ka­gan, and Stephen Breyer. By se­lec­tively high­light­ing

Jewish lib­er­als for ev­ery ve­hi­cle, Democrats cru­elly pro­mote a stereo­type that ig­nores Ortho­dox and non-Ortho­dox Jewish con­ser­va­tives.”

“There is a trend afoot, and in the next big pop­u­la­tion sur­vey like this, we will see the be­gin­ning of a switch, whereby Ortho­dox Jews will even­tu­ally likely be the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­can Jews,” ac­cord­ing to Prof. Sarah Bunin Benor of the He­brew Union Col­lege-Jewish In­sti­tute of Re­li­gion, a non-Ortho­dox sem­i­nary.

In New York City, the Ortho­dox Jewish birthright is sig­nif­i­cantly in­creas­ing. It is ex­pected that in the next few decades, Ortho­dox Jews will be­come the ma­jor­ity of Jews liv­ing in New York and its sub­urbs

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