Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hamodia Hypocrisy, Rabbaniem Should Get Involved In Politics Now That Erick Salgado Went To Rabbaniem

highlights are mine

Yesterday we reported that a study shows that most stories in the media about Toevah "marriage" in the media are positive towards toevah, we asked "what about the Orthodox media?" Hamodia today show they are against candidates that oppose Toevah showing they also support toevah

A Meeting Is Not an Endorsement

wrote thisAvraham Heschel called up many people involved with this story to "prove" the rebbe didn't support Erick Salgado.  In at least one of his conversations he "

In recent years, however, this practice has reached a new, unacceptable level. when the endorsements are based on Torah you have a problem?
On Tuesday, Hamodia, along with numerous other media outlets, received a press release from a candidate for mayor that stated that on Monday night he had received the endorsement of a prominent Rebbe in Boro Park. Last week, a candidate made the same dubious claim about a different Rebbe. how come you ignore the Weiner endorsement?
It didn’t take our staff long to confirm with others who were present during the meeting that while the candidate did indeed visit the Rebbe, he didn’t receive any sort of endorsement. The Rebbe, whose counsel is sought in many areas, doesn’t intervene in political issues. the issues that were discussed were religious not political one was toevah, and the second was MBP
Since the Rebbe speaks in Yiddish, a language with which the candidate is not acquainted, this particular release can be chalked up to a misunderstanding or faulty translation. even though there was no official endorsement by the Rachmastrivka Rebbe he was clearly supporting him!
But this is only the latest inaccurate claim from politicians on both sides of the political divide, and it is high time for those who serve as liaisons between candidates and our community to put an end to these shenanigans. It seems your only against this now that the candidates who's getting rabbaniems endorsements are not the picks of our askoniem, but people who choose to follow the Torah!

If and when our spiritual leaders choose to instruct their followers how to vote, they will do so directly and not through the press releases of political campaigns. Would you be in favor reporting it?

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