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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Why are Jews liberals

Norman Podhoretz has written a book called Why are Jews Liberals. In honor of the occasion, the September edition of Commentary Magazine has a symposium in which David Wolpe, Jonathan D. Sarna, Michael Medved, William Kristol, David Gelernter and Jeff Jacoby each gives his view about why Jews are liberal.

Jacoby's contribution is here (Hat Tip: NY Nana) and is well worth reading (especially since he says what I always tell you - that for many Jews, Liberalism has replaced Judaism).

You can find the rest of the responses here (I haven't read them yet but plan to read them).

/Maybe if I'm really lucky, someone will send me a review copy of the book - I've been pretty good at that lately.


At 8:35 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

Thanks for the hat tip, Carl.

When I was in my late teens into my late 30's, I was a liberal.

Happily I grew up. The inauguration of Jimmy the Jew hater did it for me,as NY Grampa and I resigned from the Dem. party 3 months after his inauguration, in 1977. We had talked about it, as we were increasingly at odds with the party. We were indies until President George Bush ran, when we registered as Republicans. In NY State, you must be registered in a party in order to vote in a primary election. We have never looked back.

In the last century? The Dems were the party of choice by the majority of Jews, but I can only hope that those who still are members will wake up, and realize, with the election of Carter, and now Hussein? The Dems are the enemy of the Jews,and I attribute the rise of Jew hate here to his being elected. His 20 or so years as a follower of the not so reverend Wright should have been a wake-up call, but the majority of American Jewry just refused to make the connection.

I can just hope that American Jews will exit the Dem. party in droves, and realize that the Republican party is their friend.

If not? I fear for my grandchildren. I do already, because of his apparent taking over of the public school system, but it seems that it wil only get worse. He is either a socialist, or a commumist. I tend to see him as a communist, and a menace not only to the USA, but to Israel and the world.

At 9:05 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Most American Jews confuse liberalism with Judaism. The Torah says nothing about rights and entitlements. It speaks of obligations and commandments. Jews are commanded to be in the service of G-d and not to wait for the state to make life easier for them. Since most American Jews are ignorant of Judaism, they will remain liberal without truly understanding what it means to be a Jew.

At 10:41 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Not only are Jews liberals, but they invented liberalism (and many of the other isms as well)!!!



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