Warning: This Post Uses a Few Words of the Mamaloshen (slang for Yiddish, means the mother tongue) So Zei Gezunt (be healthy) and continue reading.
On Yom Kippur, the rabbi stops in the middle of the service, prostrates himself beside the bema, (the platform from which services are conducted) and cries out, “Oh, God. I am not worthy!” Saul Rosenberg, president of the synagogue is so moved by this demonstration of piety that he immediately throws himself to the floor beside the rabbi and cries, “Oh, God! “I am not worthy” Then Chaim Pitkin, a tailor, jumps from his seat, prostrates himself in the aisle and cries, “Oh God! I am not worthy!” Rosenberg nudges the rabbi and whispers, “So look who thinks he’s not worthy.”
I’m not sure if this is just an American phenom or not, but here in the US Jewish Community everyone thinks they are a “macher” (big shot), not necessarily for the weight they have in the secular world but for the weight they think they have in the Jewish Community. In most cases the people who think they are “machers” are really “pisks” (nobodies). Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairman of the DNC is that kind of “pisk.”
Yesterday almost all the GOP candidates addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition in a candidates forum. The lone exception was Ron Paul who was not invited for his own health. The RJC was worried that the aged Paul would suffer undue stress being in a room with so many Jews (that is my theory, not the RJC’s rationale).
One by one the candidates spoke, each telling the truth about Obama’s anti-Israel policies, and his weak responses to the Iranian nuke program. Although Israel is an issue important to all Americans, it is especially important to the ones of the Jewish faith.
Every candidate promising they would treat Israel like the valuable ally she is (based on their track records probably true). Many of them even promising to move the US embassy to Jerusalem (don’t hold your breath on that one, George W Bush failed to come through on that promise and he was probably the most Pro-Israel president in my lifetime).
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accused Obama of being “timid and weak” in the face of Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapon capability and of insulting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He suggested Obama’s actions have “emboldened Palestinian hard-liners and said the president has “immeasurably set back the prospect of peace in the Middle East.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose recent rise in the polls has threatened Romney, earned applause when he suggested he’d ask George W. Bush’s hawkish former UN ambassador, John Bolton, to serve as Secretary of State.
Speeches mean nothing, but when you look into the background of all of the GOP candidates each (with the exception of Paul) would represent a marked improvement in foreign policy issues, than the present occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
To respond, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz held a conference call with mainstream media reporters.
“What we heard today was a lot of bluster from a bunch of candidates who are quick to support wiping out Israel’s foreign aid budget when talking in one forum, only to say something different when taking to the Republican Jewish coalition,” she said.