Wednesday, January 23, 2013

News the HP Doesn't Cover: Rabbis on Voting

As Zach mentioned earlier today, the Huffington Post never misses an opportunity to depict all Israelis as Orthodox Jews (while simultaneously allowing tons of comments mocking and insulting Orthodox Jews.) But I thought this news article about haredi rabbis declaring voting (aka democracy) to be a sacred duty was interesting enough to blog here. The HP of course isn't interested.
"Prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbis have declared that voting in the Knesset elections taking place Tuesday is a "holy duty" from which no one can be exempt.

Senior Lithuanian leader, Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, instructed a yeshiva student to exercise his right to vote although it is his wedding day, and the same ruling was issued by the Belzer Rebbe. 
Shas' spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, ruled that a person mourning the death of a relative must cast their vote, despite the fact that according to Jewish mourning laws a mourner must not leave the house during the seven days of "shiva.""

 This stands in stark contrast to other religious leaders (both Jewish and otherwise) who have deplored voting and democracy.

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