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Politics on the Bimah: Pesach 5772

Pesach 5772

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/politics_on_the_bimah_pesach_5772_20120404

“Keep the politics off the bimah.” We hear this in the synagogue whenever a rabbi speaks on a topic nearing the intersection of Jewish values and public policy. While argued most vociferously by those who disagree with the rabbi’s message, the critique itself that “politics has no place on the bimah” is a decidedly false characterization of the essence of Judaism and Jewish textual tradition. (Note: I am not speaking about endorsing a candidate for public office.)

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