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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Explaining Jews, Part V: Why Are Jews Liberal?

Dennis Prager takes a shot at explaining why most Jews outside of Israel are LLL for those of you who are not plugged in to the Jewish community.
The most frequently asked question I receive from non-Jews about Jews is, why are Jews so liberal?

The question is entirely legitimate since Jews (outside of Israel) are indeed overwhelmingly liberal and disproportionately left of liberal as well. For example, other than blacks, no American group votes so lopsidedly for the Democratic Party. And the question is further sharpened given that traditional Jewish values are not leftist. That is why the more religiously involved the Jew, the less likely he is to be on the Left. The old saw, "There are two types of Jews -- those who believe Judaism is social justice and those who know Hebrew," contains more than a kernel of truth.

In no order of importance, here are six reasons:

Read the whole thing.


At 10:35 AM, Blogger Rafi G. said...

despite being religious and orthodox (generally this would make me a conservative), I was raised to be liberal.
I believe the reason jews are liberal is because we as jews have had our rights curtailed and limited numerous times in history. We therefore are against such curtailing of our or anybody elses rights. As soon as you try to limit somebody's rights, no matter how much those rights go against your own personal belief, you are subjecting them to a form of persecution, and to a jew that is anathema.


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