Your Politics and Mine — and His and Hers

Of course your political views are correct, but may I take a moment to remind you of something?

Moses’ leadership was repeatedly challenged and Korach’s uprising against him seemed to have wide support. King Davidalmost lost the battle with his son Absalom, who rebelled against him. After Solomon, the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel split when different sides proclaimed different Kings. The Maccabees eventually lost the support of the people. There were so many quarreling factions in rabbinic times that the rabbis themselves attributed the destruction of the Temple to the mutual animosity of Jews with varied allegiances.

Moving to modern times, Zionism was a ridiculed minority movement among Jews for most of its history before the second world war. Need I continue? Competing political loyalties have deep roots in our history. The one thing that seems not to change is the absolute certainty of each side (and I do not exempt myself!) that they are correct in every particular and for all time.

I urge you – go, vote your conscience. Please understand, however, that someone can disagree while voting theirs as well. Barring the ground splitting open in red or blue states, history will make the final call.

About the Author
Named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California.
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