His song is the secular version of lighting candles in full view of the street.In fact I don’t get the point of any of those lists. I certainly share the joys and pains of our brothers and sisters. She lives with her husband and nine children in Los Angeles where they both work for Aish Ha Torah. No one is perfect, and knowing how to be a mensch is often learned long before one is old enough to be elected to a public office.And I feel the same way about the recent mayoral election in Los Angeles. I care deeply for the Jews of Israel and across the globe. I don’t think it’s because I don’t care; I think it’s a reflection of what I do care about – character. When she isn''t writing for the Internet or taking care of her family, Emuna teaches classes on Judaism, organizes gourmet kosher cooking groups and hosts many Shabbos guests. When I see Jewish people achieving distinction,, it reminds me of the special blessing that we enjoy.In which case, we would all hide our heads in shame. Someone’s Jewishness alone doesn’t make them praiseworthy. It makes their happiness my happiness and their pain my pain. For one thing -- it gives readers the impression that you're really only interested in Israel, and thus in federal elections, because only the federal government plays a substantial role in US foreign policy.And it means that their actions affect me – for good and for bad. But in addition, there are many issues of concern to Jews in state and local elections, whether it's local governments providing public transportation for day schools as well as public schools, zoning that may affect the right to build a synagogue in a residential area, state and local taxes, police & fire department resources -- I could go on and on.
I never thought Adam Sandler’s Chanukah song – you know the one where he lists famous Jews (or not) – was very funny.
Maybe I just don’t get pop culture, but I just don’t get the point. I’m certainly proud to be part of the Jewish people. Please check out Emuna’s new book A Diamond for Your Daughter – A Parent’s Guide to Navigating Shidduchim Effectively, available through Judaica Press Emuna Braverman has a law degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters in in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. He chose a very public life and hopefully knows how to do the right thing.
But we don’t know yet; and neither do the reporters who are all bursting with pride. Every time I get an invitation to a Jewish event, part of the event includes honoring members of the community (typically those who can afford large donations, but sometimes others who make other sorts of time commitments for the community.)2.
On the other hand, he may be (although I certainly hope not), like many politicians – self-serving, of weak moral character, and a desecration of the Almighty’s name in the world. But until I know for sure, we don’t know if this is good fortune or a tragedy. Why on earth would you refrain from voting in state & local elections?
Lists of Jews who are famous are meaningless to me. Yes, they have received accolades and awards in their professions. They’re not mentioned in any songs, books, online articles or Newsweek’s list of the 50 most influential rabbis. And as another commenter put it: If you don't vote, you have no right to complain if you don't like the policies put in place by the politicians.List of Jews who are famous for being extraordinarily kind, unusually generous, especially thoughtful, who gave of their time and their love to others; they inspire me. I know Adam Sandler’s song is meant to be humorous. But only one type of accomplishment makes me proud, makes me sit up and pay attention – refinement of character. Yet their hearts and hands are open to Jews in need at all times. I gotta tell you as a later-life ba’al teshuvah one of the biggest obstacles to starting the process of returning to Judaism was religious Jews. They are all-without exception irreverent morality plays that talk about personal growth and the value of charity to ones fellow man, honesty and family.