Shmuel Lemon

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
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