Are some rabbis advocating voting against G-d’s values?

Are some rabbis advocating forsaking G-d’s values?

What does G-d value?

G-d values humility

G-d values modesty

G-d values refinement of speech

G-d values honesty

G-d values integrity

G-d values empathy

G-d values refinement of character

G-d values benevolent governance

G-d values contrition

G-d values tolerance

G-d values morality

G-d values consistency

G-d values self-analysis

G-d values controlling one’s emotions

G-d values respectfulness

G-d values accepting responsibility

What does G-d disvalue?

G-d disvalues offensive behaviour

G-d disvalues shameful actions

G-d disvalues unethical behaviour

G-d disvalues gas lighting

G-d disvalues irresponsibility

G-d disvalues abusiveness

G-d disvalues narcissism

G-d disvalues bullying

G-d disvalues impulsive behaviour

G-d disvalues incompetence

G-d disvalues bigotry

G-d disvalues vengeance

G-d disvalues superficiality

G-d disvalues indecency

G-d disvalues selfishness

G-d disvalues provocative behaviour

G-d disvalues dissembling behaviour

G-d disvalues shameless behaviour

G-d disvalues immoral behaviour

G-d disvalues fakers

G-d disvalues obnoxious behaviour

G-d disvalues egoism

G-d disvalues insulting comments

G-d disvalues divisiveness

G-d disvalues self-aggrandizement.

G-d disvalues passive – aggressive behaviour

G-d disvalues attention seekers

G-d disvalues racial comments

G-d disvalues venom tweets

G-d disvalues creating and fomenting conflict

G-d disvalues manipulative behaviour

G-d disvalues the need for admiration

G-d disvalues animosity

G-d disvalues individuals, who have little regard for the rights of others,

G-d disvalues unstable interpersonal relationships.

G-d disvalues demeaning behaviour

G-d disvalues intimidation

G-d disvalues conspiracy theories

G-d disvalues contempt for the weak

And the list goes on and on.

I have read statements from some rabbis advocating voting for such a person.

I ask you, isn’t advocating voting for someone who exhibits values that are disvalued by G-d, advocating Jews to vote against G-d’s values?

I ask you, isn’t advocating voting for someone who exhibits values that are disvalued by G-d, advocating Jews to forsake G-d’s values?

You may say that one needs to take into account a person’s religious values i.e. concerning abortion etc.

But character and moral values take precedence over religious values.

Why? Because they determine most of the world’s religious values.

Look what non-Jews have to say.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, told reporters after spending a half-hour with the president.

“The West needs to concentrate on “values . . . not just interests.”

“Values and principles first, this is what we – Europe and America – should be saying.”

Brent Swander, an Ohio-based operative who has coordinated nationwide logistics for Republican presidential campaigns dating to George W. Bush.

“Everything that we’re taught as children — not to bully, not to demean, to treat others with respect — everything we’re taught as children is the exact opposite of what the Republican nominee is doing. How do you work for somebody like that? What would I tell my family?” Swander said.

I ask you aren’t some rabbis teaching us to concentrate on our interests and not on our values?

I ask you aren’t some rabbis teaching our children to behave contrary to G-d’s values?

You may not want to vote for the other candidate. OK.

So then G-d says, “don’t vote!” Please don’t forsake my values.

About the Author
Shmuel Lemon has been a communal orthodox Rabbi, teacher, educator and engaged with the Jewish community; presently residing in Edgware England. He had a chareidi background but now considers himself to be a plain orthodox Jew. He has experienced the pulse of today’s adults having being involved with different communities from different backgrounds especially in Israel and Johannesburg. He can be contacted at shmuellemon@gmail.com
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