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At the Republican National Convention, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik gave the opening invocation. He’s a member of the famed Soloveichik family, which gave American Jews one of their most famous rabbis, Rabbi Joseph Baer Soloveichik. He founded the Yeshiva University philosophy, which merges Western philosophy with Jewish Talmudism. Meir is his grand nephew. And Meir has spoken out on political issues including abortion (anti), gay marriage (anti), and Obamacare (anti, thanks to its discrimination against religious institutions). Most of all, though, Rabbi Soloveichik is pro-Israel.
“Please join me in prayer,” Rabbi Soloveichik said in his invocation. “Ribono shel Olam, Almighty God, You commanded Moses many years ago: Ukratem dror ba’arets le-khol yoshveha, ‘Proclaim liberty throughout the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof.’ Today, this biblical verse is emblazoned on the Liberty Bell, which embodies American independence.
“We Americans unite faith and freedom in asserting that our liberties are Your gift, God, not that of government, and that we are endowed with these rights by You, our Creator, not by mortal man.
“You have called us to be a beacon of freedom to the world, and an ally of free countries like the state of Israel, an island of liberty, democracy, and hope … help all of us as Americans renew our dedication to the principle of God-gifted liberty, so America can remain a beacon of faith and freedom for generations to come. Amen.”
Now, which of these rabbis sounds more authentically Jewish? Which sounds more authentically pro-Israel?
It’s obvious that the bipartisan support for Israel has begun to break down. Democrats are now relying on the cover of people like Gottlieb to try to fool Jews into backing them – but that’s false cover. The contrast between Gottlieb and Soloveichik couldn’t be more stark. Neither could the contrast between the parties they support.
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