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The Politics of Being a Mensch

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28.10.2020

I realize that many Rabbis out there may disagree with me -but being a mensch is overrated. Particularly if you’re President of the United States. Like many Trump supporters, I sometimes bury my head in my hands, wishing he had chosen his words or his tweets more carefully. But at the end of the day, a President’s policies, not personality, should be the determining factor when deciding on who one should vote for next week. Unfortunately for President Trump, this election comes on the heels of a nation infatuated with a “Be kind” movement. Over the last 10 years, liberal elites freely lecture the rest of us on the importance of tolerance, empathy and acceptance. Messages of “radical compassion,” and kindness sound very cool and hip. One can’t even exercise these days without being forced to “show the love” to a fellow runner by giving a virtual high five. What’s fascinating is that the very same people who purport to be tolerant and woke are in fact breeding a rather intolerant society. Another outcome of this fixation is that American Jewry is turning a blind eye to the policies of an increasingly leftist Democratic party.

My husband and I just finished watching an Israeli series called Prisoners of War. Towards the end of an episode Sheikh Qasab says to Yussuf, who was born a Jew and converted to Islam, “you have a heart........

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