Some rabbis back Bernie’s economic agenda

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45 rabbis representing all Jewish religious streams in the US have come out in favour of Jewish Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ socialist economic agenda
by Jewish Report | Mar 06, 2016

The petition posted just before Shabbos SA time by the ‘Jews for Bernie’ group - backing the candidate, does not itself endorse the bid of Sanders, an Independent senator from Vermont, to seek the Democratic presidential nomination. It remains open for signatures.

It does embrace his economic outlook however, with its emphasis on redressing economic inequality.

“We are compelled to lend our voices in support of the economic agenda expressed by Senator Bernie Sanders, which seeks to elevate those living in dire poverty, to restore America’s middle class, and to abate the enrichment of America’s wealthiest at the expense of America’s neediest,” the petition says.

The petition quotes Jewish texts, including the bible, the Talmud and the Shulchan Aruch to make the case “not to subvert the rights of the poor and the worker, but to attend to their needs.”

“We declare support for the economic reforms expressed by Senator Sanders in the hope that all candidates for public office will embrace the goal of an economically just society,” it says.

Most of the signatories are U.S.-based, although three live in Israel; all are U.S. citizens. They represent all streams, including Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and Renewal.

Among them are Aryeh Cohen, a professor of rabbinic literature at the American Jewish University in southern California, Rabbi Yaakov Komisar, who teaches at the Ezra Academy, an Orthodox middle school in Forest Hills, N.Y., Rabbi Alana Suskin, the director of strategic communications at Americans for Peace Now, and Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, the director of the Social Justice Organizing Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Sanders is the first Jewish candidate to have won a presidential primary, last month in New Hampshire. He has won seven nominating contests so far, against the eleven won by his rival, former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.

Front-runner Clinton, however, has taken the big ones and has almost twice as many votes as Sanders.

1 Comment

  1. 1 nat cheiman 06 Mar
    You cannot redress economic equality because in life there are winners (educated/hard workers) and losers (lazy bums) . You also cannot take from the rich to give to the poor. Socialism/communism also does not work.
    The Jewish texts quoted, relate to charity. That is a good thing. In SA, many disadvantaged were given schools and i pads. Many schools have been burned. Many i pads stolen/sold/ lost. There is no purpose in giving and giving because it is a bottomless pit. Charity is another thing.
    Why have all major industries relocated to Mexic/ China etc? That is what needs to be addressed.


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