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Indianapolis Indiana Jewish Post (Newspaper) - October 13, 1972, Indianapolis, IndianaZ�61 cd a a Topo Ujj the jewish Post and opinion reaction sets in to jewish politicking a rising Crescendo of resentment of jewish leaders involved in the presidential campaigning became More and More apparent As the Date for voting approached. The Baltimore jewish Council used Strong language when it condemned a the crude and vulgar attempts by both political parties to fashion a a jewish the statement also scored jewish Leader. Alan d. Hecht president of the Council deplored the efforts of jewish politicians and some jewish leaders to encourage a a jewish his statement went into details in its Challenge of jewish politicians. A jews will vote like other americans a he said. A jews of Baltimore and elsewhere have different political allegiances based upon their individual political philosophies and that is As it should be. Nobody can deliver a so called a jewish we Are not and never will be in the hip pocket of any politician a jewish or rabbi Simon j. Maslin of . Isaiah Israel congregation Chicago was no less trenchant in his Rosh has Honah Sermon. A i am disgusted by certain jewish leaders who Tell us that we should vote for candidate x for president and candidate z for senator because they Are stronger on Israel. I wont Analyse this lie now because this is a Sermon not a political speech. Suffice it to say in passing that there is ample evidence that it is a lie and that quite the contrary is actually the continuing the Reform rabbi told his congregation a but this is not an election for the israeli Knesset. This is an american election. There Are issues of Justice involved and jews Are supposed to have a position on Justice a Zedek Zedek position what about the issues of War and peace what about the one million murdered vietnamese and the continuing Slaughter by our agents if Vietnam were to fall to the communists tomorrow could the communists possibly perpetrate a More horrendous holocaust than America has already perpetrated a at this Point the outspoken spiritual Leader then cast reflection on the jewish theological Seminary of America for the political activity of its faculty. A we watch with disbelief and horror As we see the jewish theological Seminary once a Haven of political and social liberalism encouraging its faculty to participate in conservative politics. Some of its leading professors have organized a sort of a White Collar jul called its purpose is quite simply to protect jewish rights and damned be the rights of others Siegel or a Borowitz less affluent and with less clout if they happen to come into conflict with jewish rights a the leading spokesmen of this group Are rabbi William Berkowitz president of the new York Board of rabbis and rabbi Seymour Siegel professor at jewish theological Seminary. In a recent article Siegel wrote a liberalism fails t o pass the test of notice he does no to claim that liberalism fails to pass the tests of truth or of reason or of Zedek Zedek or of a love they neighbor As no a liberalism fails to pass the tests of a Liberal approach to social Justice Siegel writes a tends to Compromise legitimate jewish in other words it will Cost us to continue being Liberal. This is the cry of the newly established a have who sees his piece of the american economic pie being nibbled at by the a have a and so now we find jews who were among the leaders of the civil rights struggle in the �?T30�?Ts and �?T40�?Ts and �?T50�?Ts a yes up to about 1968 when the going got rough a turning to the respectable a right of Center position that used to be the exclusive Bailiwick of the Wasp. The excuse Given for the abandonment of traditional jewish liberalism is Israel. But the real reason the truth is that certain jews having a made it in America Are beginning to vote their pocketbooks rather than their the reconstructionist Magazine took a similar stand conceding that there is a jewish vote based on specific jewish interests. Pointing out that there Are sub groups in the american culture that have special interests such As Farmers businessmen Etc it stated editorially a Wisdom would prescribe that such groups View those special interests within the context of the whole otherwise they could be jeopardizing both the totality and their unique segment of turning to jewish leaders it said they a for Good better or worse reasons take it upon themselves to exploit their influence As a leaders of the jewish Community. Thus in news dispatches and in paid advertisements individuals associated with jewish organizations or the synagogues or seminaries announce that they support a or b. They append to their names the names of the organizations in which they Are prominent ostensibly for the sole purpose of we say they Are acting without mentioning any jewish leaders the editorial continued a Why should the Public be informed that so and so is the president of such and such if not to convey the idea however subtly that he represents qualitatively if not quantitatively the organizations with which he is a identified a obviously if or. Cohen or or. Levy fictitious names of course endorsed candidate a or a no one would be the least bit interested it is Kafka because he is president that his endorsement rabbi Jacob j. Weinstein rabbi emeritus of Kam congregation who was president of the league for labor Israel and a staunch Backer of the jewish state took Israel to task in a Sermon on the High holidays to congregation Solel Highland Park 111. A the Appeal to the jews a he said a has been a judicious and sometimes cunning admixture of assertions of Nixon a substantial Aid in Selling phantoms to Israel and other military hardware and not so Subtle insinuations of Mcgovern a ambivalence about Israel and his Radical tax reforms which might dry up some of the tax shelters from which jews have drawn their contribution he asserted that a it is understandable that the leadership of Israel surrounded by enemies who threaten its very existence should put off for the moment the larger outreach of its purpose a but we jews of America would be serving Israel poorly and America As Well if we too said to the prophets a a prophecy not a take the Case and let the credit go a forget the voice that spoke to Abraham at a a be thou a Blessing to All the families of rabbi Joshua Haberman of the Washington . Hebrew congregation saw a danger in the attempt to insinuate that jews vote in a controlled manner. He said a for us the feeling of being wooed on All sides is a rare pleasure. However there is danger that Public speculations about the political behaviour of american jews might Foster the impression that we jews vote As a bloc in a predictable and manageable Way guided and controlled by some Central authority. We know better. We Are not a tightly disciplined voting bloc. We Are not sheep following a Leader. We Are a highly individualistic people. We Are not prone to follow an official line. In the unlikely Case that any of our National organizations endorsed one Cam criticism answered new York a a press conference which probably will take the form of a response to criticism of activities of jewish leaders in the presidential election Campaign has been set for thursday morning oct. 12, at the Roosevelt hotel Here. The fact that among the conveners Are the jews who at one time had announced the projected formation of what in essence was a jews for Nixon committee which never materialized lends credence to the speculation. Those calling the conference Are Max Fisher who is a chairman of the concerned citizens for the reelection of the president and co chairman of the committee for the re election of the president Sam Rothberg and Rita Hauser co chairmen of concerned citizens Albert Spiegel California chairman of concerned citizens and George Klein National vice chairman of concerned citizens. The subjects for the press conference was announced As Israel and soviet jewry. Dilate in preference to the other american jews would still in the secrecy of the election Booth vote according to their personal writing in the new York times two rabbis on opposite sides in the question told their views. They were rabbis Eugene Borowitz and Seymour Siegel. Both men Are teaching at seminaries Borowitz at hebrew Union College jewish Institute of religion Reform and Siegel at the jewish theological Seminary of America conservative. Wrote Borowitz a american jews Are not the israeli lobby. When israelis act As if that were the Case a and that is what in effect they Are doing now a they take us As Means to their political ends. To assume that what is better for the state of Israel is always Good for the jews a wherever they May be a is to misunderstand the ties of jewish Unity. Israel the state is far less than Israel the jewish people. We love the israelis but these political demands Are arrogant. They presume on our love and must be rejected. A i can understand this israeli self cent redness. Considering the threats they have lived under their blunders out of Over reaction have been few indeed. What truly disturbs me is Flat american jewish leadership will not Tell them they Are wrong. Many having nothing to believe in but the state of Israel Are its willing lackeys. Others have been so co opted by the israelis that they will not risk alienating them. I am convinced that a Good number of american jews will respond to the promptings of their leadership not for the needs of the state of Israel but out of a shameful self interest. Having acquired privilege a Money and status a they prefer a Legal Structure that perpetuates it. When they were poor and struggling they were Strong partisans of equal Opportunity and social welfare a and they cited jewish ethics to support them. Now instead they will cite jewish Law which created essentially in an Economy of Scarcity and geared to it is highly protective of the rights of capital. Of course Judaism is net synonymous with voting democratic but it is sinful to pretend to the jewish Merit of Loving the israelis when one really is acting to safeguard ones wrote Siegel a it seems Clear to Many that the kind of isolationism fostered by Mcgovern forces and the severe cutting Down of military expenditure does not augur Well for the continuation of the kind of policy which strengthens the Security of the state of Israel. This in spite of the admittedly sincere statements of Mcgovern and the democratic platform about Israel. Since these promises do not fit into the general world View which Mcgovern represents they Are less than reassuring. A was important As foreign policy is for All of us it is also vital to consider the kind of society envisioned by the leading candidates. Jews have always prospered in an open society. An open society Means an approximation of the Ideal where individuals Are judged by what they Are not by which group they belong to. It refers to a social system m which ingenuity Energy and native endowment Are rewarded regardless of who possesses them. The two main threats to an open society Are a caste system in which people Are Frozen into the condition into which they Are bom and a quota society in which the rewards of the Community Are apportioned according to some formula. Except for some of the oppressed racial groups in this country it has been one of the glories of America that persons could Rise above their position at birth. The main threat to an open society today is the notion of quotas and percentage distribution of the rewards of our Community. This kind of policy is not Only ineffective it is also unjust. We Are Bidden of course to pursue Justice. But we must pursue Justice justly. It has been the experience of our society that All Benefit from the Freedom accorded to Why does the Post and opinion carry More advertising now our advertisers get results than at any time in its history the answer is simple
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