The Orthodox Union’s political arm has a serious problem. I wrote about it in the aftermath of the OU’s Nathan Diament signing on to the disgusting equivalence between anti-Semitic Syrian Muslim migrants and Holocaust survivors.
Now it’s at it again, co-signing a letter attacking border security alongside anti-Israel hate groups like soft BDS protest group T’ruah, not to mention Bend the Arc. Other signatories include HIAS, Men of Reform Judaism, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and Uri L’Tzedek. The letter once again leverages Jewish history in support of a population that polls show is widely anti-Semitic.
1. The OU has no reason to even speak out on this except in the vain hope of scoring points with leftists who will still not be appeased. As the recent fake Orthodox protests targeting the OU show. As the example of the ADL shows, any attempt to appease the anti-Jewish left is inherently futile and degrading. Letters like this degrade Jewish history and memory. And achieve nothing.
2. In a uniquely pro-Israel administration, the OU is squandering its political capital by meeting with AG Sessions to push leftist policies instead of addressing the Jewish communal issues it’s tasked with. When the OU behaves like this, you have to wonder what’s the difference between it and the usual alphabet soup of federations? Instead of expressing support for a pro-Israel and pro-Jewish administration, the OU has mistakenly chosen to undermine it by aligning with anti-Israel and anti-Jewish groups at the expense of the Jewish community.
Have the Jewish community’s problems and concerns been so thoroughly addressed that the OU can shamefully squander its time, as Moishe Bane writes, “working with key legislators” to support illegal migration? Who needs school vouchers anyway when the OU can throw its legislative capital behind illegal aliens?
3. The OU’s views are at variance with mainstream Orthodox Jews. And initiatives like these undermine the OU’s standing within the Orthodox Jewish world. The OU has a respected Kashrut arm, but its political agendas are no longer those of the Orthodox Jewish community. It is beginning to have far more in common with the lefty groups it’s co-signing letters with.
No Orthodox Jewish organization can be left-wing. It is impossible to be a devout Jew and a leftist. As I discuss in this Glazov Gang interview with Jamie.