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Two Lessons from a Donkey: Help Your Enemy and Get a Job!

February 21, 2012

Today I’m being forced to do something that does not come naturally to me but, because of some Jews, as a rabbi I am forced to do it.  Today I rise to defend President Barack Obama.

As most of you know, I am not one of Mr. Obama’s supporters.  And I’m not the only American Jew who feels this way!  While Mr. Obama won close to 80% of the Jewish vote in 2008, most political commentators agree that he will still win a strong majority of the American Jewish vote this year, the percentage of Jews voting for him may not be as high.  Some disagree with his domestic policies; some disagree with his foreign policies.  And some of us disagree with both.  But some of us, in our disagreement, have gone too far.  And that is why I have to rise to defend him.

At the end of January, Rabbi Dov Lior, who is a Religious Zionist leader in Israel and currently the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba in Chevron – one of the holiest spots on earth for the Jewish people – delivered a speech in which he compared President Obama to Haman – the enemy of the Jews in the Book of Esther.  And he went on to describe our President as a “kushi” – a derogatory term used in the same way the “N” word is used here in America. READ MORE

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