Jews in the Supreme Court

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(119) luther navy, May 31, 2010 5:26 PM

Elena Kagen is RADICAL

I do not support the appointment of this woman to the highest court in the land because she will legislate from the bench.just like Sonya Sotomeyor,she has too many views that are un-friendly toward the constitution of the United States. when people of any level of power have radical views about the laws and freedoms we enjoy in this great country,they must be stopped and that is exactly what will happen(in 2012) to this illegal we have occupying the white is obvious that he hates this country and wants to control it by using the the legislative branch of the government to undo all the progress that has been made to insure that we are he strongest nation on the planet.

(118) Chaya, May 31, 2010 3:39 AM

Jewish Leaders

It is not unreasonable to feel anxious about this issue. It's the legacy of the holocaust . As for whether our feeling are reasonable or not, that's another issue. In the early part of the twentieth century many Jews held high positions in a variety of European countries--especially in the fields of medicine, law, teaching, and banking. Was their outcome any better--or worse--than Jews who did not attain such lofty positions? I don't think so. Consider this: there were two races the NAZIs intended to wipe off the earth--Jews and Gypsies. From as far back as Abraham Jews have risen to the top of societies in which they lived. Gypsies, on the other hand, avoided all contacts which might have led to such opportunities. Did they escape blame? Were they held in greater esteem? Was their outcome any better? Ms. Kagan's racial/religious background is not nearly as important as her legal/political supporters. NOW we can worry.

(117) Dvirah, May 26, 2010 3:25 PM

Career Choices

I am sure that the people chosen for these offices were chosen on their own merits and not because they are Jewish. Should a person refuse a career promotion in order to keep low profile for fear of their Jewishness?

(116) , May 25, 2010 6:09 PM

We should realize that when someone takes the blame for something because of their religious beliefs, skin tone, mode of dress or anything else and those things or even just one is someone's reason, there must be something wrong. I believe that we must all regard each other with respect and appreciation of differences and open up discussion. A discourse that is beneficial and not malevolent is best. Jewish people have always taken the hits because of being Jewish. The same can be said for African people, African American, Hispanic, Asian etc. I pray for the time that all of us can simply accept and get on with the daily life that is appropriate for us. Different cultures make life more interesting, at least to me. I prefer to acclimate to appreciate. That does not mean I will eat a particular food that my beliefs preclude. Politics is a difficult path because of the temptations and they are there like mine fields where wars have been fought and are still costing to many limbs and lives. I pray for peace in everyone's lives and hope for the best always. However, I do agree that because of the tradition, Jewish people in high places can be at great risk. At risk because of the standards set in Torah and Talmud and because of what people will blame on Jewish people as well as others. Fear of, however, is a drawback and must be pondered because one must always follow their own path. Sometimes it is good and sometimes it is at great cost. The holocaust should still remind us of how great a cost just living daily life can be. It is something to think about and I like this article because of it. There is always room for discourse on even touchy subjects. At least I hope so, as in agreeing to disagree as long as it does not cost anyone life or limb. Sometimes one just has to fight back to simply stay alive because G-d wants us alive and worshiping Him, doesn't He?

(115) Anonymous, May 23, 2010 6:47 PM

Does that include legislators too? Kidush /Chillul Hashem

Dear Rabbi / Dr. Salomon, In your view would that include Congressman and State and/or local legislators as well too? What if "OUR" Representatives then go and vote for perversion abomination and toaivah?? Are and would we then not be culpable in making a great chillul Hashem which is our ultimate tafkud in life to Guard against and to make Kidush Hashem??? Does that include legislators too? Kidush /Chillul Hashem

(114) eva, May 23, 2010 3:44 PM

It does make me nervous, no good can come of having many Jews in high profile positions. Historically it was bad, and I forsee trouble coming out of it. Jews are supposed to keep a low profile always. When will we learn?

(113) Anonymous, May 22, 2010 4:00 PM

Jews in high position is nothing new

There have always been Jews who have risen to high position from time to time. Like Joseph in Egypt or Daniel in Babylon. Even slavery doesn't seem to prevent this from happening!

(112) suri, May 21, 2010 4:40 AM

we know nothing

my soul does not sit comfortably with obama in general so that his appointment of a jew for SC sends a red flag - just about anything he does will send a red flag - therefore, it is impossible to make a prediction for two reasons. one, gd is in charge and no matter what i think won't change anything two - we have choices - if we make the correct choices - the outcome with look a different way. Keep in mind - history for the past 200 years does not paint a nice picture for jews in high places. what happened thousands of years ago was different.

(111) Barry Morgenstein, May 20, 2010 2:56 PM

conservative jews would be fine

I disagree that Jews should not participate in the government. It is the Liberal, self hating jew that worries me. They are an embarressment to our people. They side with Obama and other left wing radicals against Israel. They are cowards. Too many liberal Jews are socialists and enemies of our America! We need more strong proud Jews like Eric Cantor, Mark Levin, Bernie Goldberg and Dennis prager

(110) J.L.G., May 20, 2010 3:34 AM

Let her pursue her dreams, and don't fall into the trap they set for us.

First of all, anybody who has been on AISH seminar, or has viewed the fantastic slide show "Why the Jews?" will know that regardless of whether we hold lofty, prestigious positions, or are poor and living on substenance, the rest of the world will find a reason to hate us. Second of all, I commend this woman for following her dreams. Just like most people who have written on this page, she grew up with a dream, and had her parents stifled that dream and told her not to pursue it because of 'what might happen', who knows if she would have ever reached her potential. Goals are important in life, and if it was her goal to one day make it to the supreme court, then so be it. Perhaps that goal gave her clarity in her life, and has made her life better, and/or connected her to G-d? We can never know unless we talk to her. Third - even there was potential for the rest of America to look down on her, why should she, or we care? When we say "keep a low profile", we are falling into the trap of actualizing those fears, which are exactly what the people hate us want. In conclusion, I wish her all the best, and may she bring pride to the jewish people by using her power for the good - we cannot control how others react, we can only do our best fo control ourselves and make a positive impact.

(109) Anonymous, May 20, 2010 12:52 AM

Today, I welcome her.

With all depreaciation to Obama's performance that I have - this one can be a good for americans. My only worries: Some jews in service, on the goverment level turh out to be the hardest antisimits. I hope this will not be the case. Today, I welcome her.

(108) Anonymous, May 19, 2010 9:58 PM

The expirience in Argentina was desstrous.!

All the blame for the crisis in Argentina several years ago, was "due to Jews on the goberment",

(107) Judith Graetz, May 19, 2010 1:23 PM

Where are Conservative voices?

I too am embarrassed by the ultra liberal Jewish leaders in this country. Where are all the conservative thinking Jews?

(106) Anonymous, May 19, 2010 3:58 AM

Jews on the supreme court

I did not even realize that the new supreme court nominee was Jewish. Why should that even be an issue? She evidently is very bright and capable. Would it have been better if it were a man who was Jewish? Jews have been in the history of our country since its inception, mainly Sephardic in the beginning. What about the inscription on the statue of liberty by Emma Lazarus? It is about time the Jews are recognized for their accomplishments and intelligence. I am sick of those who are prejudiced against their own and others whatever the reason. My family came here in the 1800's. We came from many different countries. Some of the Jews even married Native Americans but still retained their Jewish heritage. Jews get blamed for everything anyway so what is the difference?

(105) H.E.BROWN, May 19, 2010 3:13 AM

us supreme court

Watch out! It could be a trap. If things start going wrong or going south as they say, Obama will blame the jewish people again for all the worlds problems. Why would he stab the jewish people in the back one week and then turn around nominate a jewish lady to thje supreme court???? He is up to no good.

(104) Chana Yosefa, May 19, 2010 12:05 AM

Balance the Scales of Justice

One should be nominated on their merits. Since the Supreme Court just deemed that Corporations are entitled to "Freedom of Speech", that is, to be able to buy elections, it's time from someone left-leaning to tip the scales in the other direction. Is it good for the Jews? For America? If America ever becomes so bad that we all start making aliyah, that will also be good for the Jews. Remember, Hashem works in history. Chag Shavuot Sameach.

(103) Zvi Horovitz, May 18, 2010 11:36 PM

When did haters of Jews need any reason for blame?

I am perfectly comfortable with Jews( not of the lunatic left tilt), in high and influential positions in government. One bitter lesson of the Holocaust is that there weren't sufficient number of influential Jews to press the Roosevelt administration, for a more urgent and robust action to mitigate the Jewish plight in Europe. We were hated for being poor gheto Jews, and seen as a social burden. We are hated when we prosper, and seen as greedy who siphon the treasury - no matter how you look at it, hatred has always surrounded the Jewish people like a trench coat that's stuck to your skin. Many hate us because we breath; they hate us because we live; they hate us because we prosper despite all the obstacles placed in our path! I say, not enough power - more power to Jews!

(102) Anonymous, May 18, 2010 9:03 PM

I think that it is a good move for the country and shows that many people feel that Jews make good "judges' of character.

We, as Jews, seem to grow into positions of judging others. We are attorneys, judges, magistrates, etc. It is a good thing for our country to realize that there is merit is elevating Jews.

(101) Anonymous, May 18, 2010 8:51 PM

Historically, perhaps not the best thing

Sure, I'm proud of Jews when they succeed, regardless in which capacity. However, doesn't history inform us that when Jews are at the peak of their power and influence we often see a tumultuous reversal of fortunes? Kagan is not someone I admire, an ultra liberal with no practical experience in matters of judging. A radical, another minion of Obama who has unknown and quite possibly nefarious plans. Thus, I have no desire to see her seated. I might feel differently if he did not espouse a radical ultra liberal left wing agenda that will no doubt be reflected in her opinions. In summary, it would be great if the most level headed Jews held high levels government positions in moderation. In Kagan's case, I would squirm at her appointment and what might transpire down the road.

(100) Kathy, May 18, 2010 8:14 PM

Another perspective

More important than whether Kagen should be a Supreme Court Justice because she is Jewish is, what kind of a person is she? Is she moral? Is she qualified?

(99) Yocheved, May 18, 2010 7:25 PM

Definitely something to think about

I am leaning toward the opinion that this might not be the best thing for the Jews. On one hand, if she proves to be a model judge, this may shed some positive light on the Jews. However, one tiny slip; and this slip along with the fact that she is Jewish will be publicized out of proportion to similar actions committed by others that are much more severe. I can predict this from experience : Jonathan Pollard, Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin, and others from the past until today. Aside from this, though, It just boggles my mind that the Jews make up less than 1% of the human population, and in America alone, there is such a disproportionately high amount of Jews in government and in high positions - and It's not like there are very many Jews scrambling for these positions. Could anyone imagine? A tiny minority of Jews in America, and one third of the supreme court justices are Jewish! Incredible! Like Mark Twain wrote in his essay CONCERNING THE JEWS: "IF THE STATISTICS ARE RIGHT, THE JEWS CONSTITUTE BUT ONE PERCENT OF THE HUMAN RACE". IT SUGGESTS A NEBULOUS, DIM PUFF OF STARDUST LOST IN THE BLAZE OF THE MILKY WAY. PROPERLY, THE JEW OUGHT HARDLY TO BE HEARD OF, BUT HE IS HEARD OF, HAS ALWAYS BEEN HEARD OF. HE IS AS PROMINENT ON THE PLANET AS ANY OTHER PEOPLE, AND HIS COMMERCIAL IMPORTANCE IS EXTRAVAGANTLY OUT OF PROPORTION TO THE SMALLNESS OF HIS BULK. HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD'S LIST OF GREAT NAMES IN LITERATURE, SCIENCE, ART, MUSIC, FINANCE, MEDICINE, AND ABSTRUSE LEARNING ARE ALSO AWAY OUT OF PROPORTION TO THE WEAKNESS OF HIS NUMBERS..."

(98) Anonymous, May 18, 2010 7:17 PM

The tendency to label all of us as LIBERALS

The thing that bothers me most about another liberal "kool aide" drinking justice who happens to be Jewish is that Americans, in general, believe ALL Jewish people are LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVES. We're not. Admittedly, we conservatives are a minority, but we do understand the negatives of this situation, I prefer the low-key brilliant support rather than the "face" of modern politics- making us the easy target of resurging antisemitism.

(97) michael, May 18, 2010 3:02 PM

30 pieces of silver

Kagans nomination is soley to appease, in view of Obamas treatment of Israel. my.02

(96) Ben Frank, May 18, 2010 1:20 PM

I agree

With the perennial accusations of government control by Jews and Jewish bankers, we have had our share of the limelight throughout the centuries. Some would say that if we can have a black president then why not...etc. It's the perception of control which is the problem not the reality. Perception has always been the handmaiden of prejudice.

(95) Anonymous, May 18, 2010 1:18 PM

Spot on!

I agree wholeheartedly. In my experience the great majority of Jews in high places have very little attachment to Judaism or Jewry, and more often than not, when it comes to policies affecting Jews or Israel, they will bend over backwards to prove their "even-handedness", to our disadvantage. At the same time, their mere presence in office feeds into the myth of "the Jews run the economy, the media, the government, etc.".

(94) Peter, May 18, 2010 12:49 PM

Chosen to be a light, but not through might.

There's a joke about the doctor who gets an emergency house-call in the middle of the night. "Why should I come?" he shouts into the phone. "If the patient dies, they curse me. If they get better, they thank God." It's funny because we know that this is true about human nature. It is certainly true about what people say about Jews in high places. Just look at Alan Greenspan and the Goldman Sachs. Though no one articulates it, their names say "Jew" quite loudly to the world. Yesterday they were un-praised champions of the greatest burst of wealth in history. Today, the great financial problems are laid on their shoulders. Jews may have been chosen to be a light, but not through might.

(93) Rand, May 18, 2010 10:42 AM

God Fearing, Moral, Jews Yes, Radical, anti-U.S. anti-Jews, Jew, no.

You have the most anti-Israel U.S. president in recent history, surrounds himself with self-hating anti-Israel, anti-Jews, Jews and wants to instrall a radical left wing, liberal Jew with almost no experience onto the Supreme Court and you wonder if that is good for the Jews? You put a moral, God Fearing Jew in high places, that is good for Jews, the U.S. and Israel. You get an amoral, atheist Jew in high places and that is bad for Jews, the U.S. and Israel. Just gives anti-Semetic people another proof that they are correct. As the U.S. spirals into third world status they can point to axlerod, soros, emanuel, durbin, spector, schlumer, finestein, boxer, and feingold and say "see, I told you the Jews destroyed the U.S." and they would be correct. We are giving them the ammunition to destroy us with. Where are the moral Jews that support the U.S. constitution, that we can point to and proudly say "they are Jews"?

(92) grant, May 18, 2010 7:24 AM

now we can move on with this round robin style of government

there are so many brilliant japanese and chinese citizens awaiting their turn at bat. sometimes i wonder if it isn't the chinese who were chosen. clearly this sleeping giant has its star on the rise. love chinese food, chinese girls and they are usually more level headed that other statistical aggregates. i predict the chinese will make great bosses and avoid bubbles and junk.

(91) Leo, May 18, 2010 6:35 AM

"Yes" to Jews, "No" to this particular Jew

I don't see anything wrong with having Jews in the government. However, I have my doubts about Kagan's impartiality. I believe that she is the type of Jew that would deliberately rule against Jews so that nobody will say that she is biased in favor of them.

(90) jgarbuz, May 18, 2010 5:43 AM

No, Jews should not hold very high office in non-Jewish countries.

My mother of blessed memory, who was a holocaust survivor, taught me at a very young age that Jews should NEVER aspire to very high office, because regular Jews will eventually pay the price. Despite discrimination and persecution throughout all the centuries of exile, Jews have invariably found a place at the courts of princes and potentates, even since the time when Joseph became overseer of Egypt under the Pharaoh. Initially, when things went well, the Jews might catch a breather, But inevitably, things do go wrong and then the Jews always caught it in the backside. No, beyond the position of mayor, Jews should not aspire to high public office, especially within ruling positions other than inside Israel. There is a Jewish state again, and that is where Jews can experiment with their social theories and ideas without becoming the object of increased antisemitism.

(89) Anonymous, May 18, 2010 5:19 AM

What's the big deal?

So what if a Jew is appointed to the Supreme Court? So what? At least it isn't a Muslim. THAT would scare me and it should scare you folks too. So there. Jews are people too you know.

(88) Les Grossman, May 18, 2010 3:25 AM

Certainly not with a propundancy of Liberal Jews!

Matter of fact unfortunately Im embarrassed. Its totally rediculous for a Nation which is about 70% Protestant to have zero Protestants on the Supreme Court. The real irony is, while not to speak too soon about so far this being the first time we not being scapegoated for the Nations' ill, it is also the first time with the likes of axlerod,soros,emanuel,durbin,spector,schlumer,ginzberg,finestein,boxer,feingold,posner, weiner plus a few others it is actually the first time we are significantly responible! a single conservative like cantor and half conservative like lieberman have zero chance at off setting all that!

(87) Simon, May 18, 2010 3:04 AM

Bingo, you hit the nail on the head

Bingo, you hit the nail on the head. In this climate or any climate, the risk of having things go awry for the Jewish people is very great. Ultimately, our faith must rest in HaShem and when we must stand up and do that which is right according to Torah we cannot consider the possible consequences. But we also don't have to ignore history and act unwisely in order to be famous or prominent. I prefer to take great care in places where there have already been a myriad of accidents. As the writer of Proverbs says, " The prudent man sees evil and hides himself, the naive proceed and pay the penalty. (27:12)

(86) , May 18, 2010 3:01 AM

It is good if they show the country that we are roll models to respect and follow. However, the members of Obama's cabinet seem to want to destroy Israel. This is a shock considering Rham Emmanual's father's service to Israel.

(85) Shirlee Rosenthal, May 18, 2010 2:44 AM

It's about time that Jews hold high positions in the government! It shows that we as a people are not being stygimitzed anymore,hooray to President Obama for nominating her, she is a bright any brilliant person. By the way did you ever think we'd have a Black President. Neither did I.

(84) Pleasant, May 18, 2010 2:39 AM

Jews in high places something........ get ready for? You're kidding, right? Let's see, in the spiritual arena there are the chief rabbis. In the political arena, haven't jews pretty much all been our israeli president and most of the other political officials in Israel? And what about Sir Isaac Mills, my direct ancestor (one among many), first noble jew in English history? What about other Jews already up there? Lieberman is a Representative. He has the same rank as any President. The President is not the boss of our country, he is one of 3 heads. All of our Senators are on his level and they are the chief legislators. The Supreme Court is the chief judiciary. We already have jews in high places, starting with Malechai, Joseph in Egypt, Moses in the Palace. What are you trying to get at, because it makes no sense to me. What I am worried about is trusting ANYONE of any faith or color of skin whom Obama would trust. He is altering our contitution and eliminating our bill of rights one at a time.

(83) Darryl, May 18, 2010 1:58 AM

What does she stand for?

It doesn't matter what her ethnic background is. Jew or not, this woman is a flaming leftist and is in favour of some very draconian policies which are antithetical to the freedoms we are watching being taken away. This woman deserves to be no more than a footnote in history, not a major shaper of policy for years to come. If Obama has nominated her, I'm against her.

(82) Felix titla, May 18, 2010 1:56 AM

I cannot see anything wrong for a citizen to hold a high post anywhere. It is a constitutional right to be elected adding a voice and opinion to all topics. We don't have to hide our identity just because we happpen to be jewish but rather be in the forefront and not hide behind someone else's notoriety to express our opinions. Rabbi Salomon's view seems very restrictive in denying jews of their freedom of choice and their participation in their country's affairs.

(81) shoshana, May 18, 2010 12:44 AM

Scary when Jews have too much power

it sounds terrible to say that I'd rather not have our own in high positions. Most ethnic groups always want their own in power so why is this different: First, as we know from history, Jews could become scapegoats if America faces too many problems or present problems are not resolved. I think it isimportant for Jews to be involved in politics, however, stay away from positions that can have a negative effect on Jews. Second, Jews are the first people who avoid helping their own. We will not be more loved, accepted because we have a Jew in power. So if this woman doesn't help the Jews/ Israel we can't criticise Obama administration, b/c "look he has so many high position Jews". So, it is scary when Jews have so much power b/c we don't know where it could lead to for American Jews..

(80) Eds Beliefs, May 18, 2010 12:30 AM

Not qualified!

I don't have a problem w/being Jewish and in high places of influence providing their past reflects their integrity is beyond reproach and can demonstrate and prove that their motives for wanting to be considered for that position are truly honorable. In her case however from what info that has been available she has been a political "gadfly" and would interpret the Constitution as her "appointer" sees it not as its founders wrote it! She's not anymore qualified to be a 'lifetime appointee" to the US Supreme Court than O---- is to be President of the "greatest Nation on G-d's earth"!

(79) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 11:47 PM

We need more than a Jew for high office

I don't beleive that because someone is Jewish they should get the OK to be in any position. She is very left, has no experience and is lined up with a government that is trying to destroy the fabric of America and is certainly no friend of Israel. That looking at the outside of someone is how we got the president we have now. We must look at their heart, their experience and their integrity.

(78) bernard rosenberg, May 17, 2010 11:24 PM

balderdash!!!!!! if you can't take the heat, step down and get out of the kitchen!!!!

(77) Rona, May 17, 2010 11:20 PM

I agree with you 100%

As a matter of fact I am pretty sure I read that Jews are not supposed to seek high government positions. Positions in local government within one's own community would be fine. I am surprised that you didn't quote this. I do not know if it would be found in the Talmud. I am very sure I read it amongst Jewish wriitngs.

(76) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 10:54 PM

I agree with you 100%.

Anyone who knows history will agree with Rabbi Solomon.

(75) Richard Wald, May 17, 2010 10:52 PM

Wonderful appointment

Elana Kagan will make a wonderful Supreme Court Justice. She will join the pantheon of brilliant Justices following in the path of Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo and Felix Frakfurter, all deep thinkers. To deprive the nation of such a person because she is Jewish would be a tragedy and would give credence to Anti-Semites like Pat Buchanan..

(74) Glauco Romeo, May 17, 2010 10:41 PM

Jews in high government

I am in favor of Jews in government. Religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and other personal aspects of a candidate should not play a role in running for public office and, once elected, in decisions that affect the general public.

(73) Terry Trainor, May 17, 2010 10:18 PM

Obama appointed her; that is very troubling for me.

I am quite comfortable with Jews or Christians being in high government positions, including president. I am less comfortable with Hindu and Budhist faiths. I am even less comforable with Atheists, Scientologists, and the remainder of belief systems. But I am VERY uncomfortable with any Islamist in any position in the government. Other than that, I judge people on their RECORD, their PHILOSOPHY, their CHARACTER, not on the name above the door of their place of worship. But this one - Obamais WAY too friendly with the Islamists for my taste. For him to make such an appointment of a Jew tells me he is looking for a scapegoat. I don't know why or when, but this guy is not doing this to be good to the Jewish people, I am quite sure. Were it not for the OVERWHELMING support for Israel of the majority of our citizens, he would drop them in a heartbeat. Be cautious about this appointment, my brothers and sisters; Obama is NOT your friend.

(72) robin buxton, May 17, 2010 9:55 PM


If extreme liberal transformational decisions are made, it could perhaps be attributed to the Jewish members. Similiarly, the Russian Jews were predominately in the forefront of communism -to their ultimate sorrow

(71) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 9:42 PM

I agree.

In trying not to be biased Jews bend over backwards and take the other extreme.

(70) Joel Friedman, May 17, 2010 9:30 PM

Light on to the Nations

We are to be a light on to the nations. The light is Torah. The light is not just for the Jewish people. One of the Seven Noachide Commandments is to set up righteous Court Systems. We are to help the nations in this edeavor. What would be more appropriate then to have a jew or multiple jews help judge the nations. Having a Jewish Supreme Court justice is a fulfilment of our purpose on earth, evident to anybody who looks beyond the daled amos of the Yeshiva to see the big picture. I don't know about other positions of power, but a Jewish Judge... what could be more appropriate.

(69) Anesia Fingerman Kauffman, May 17, 2010 8:11 PM

Agree with moise's comment (number 55)

Moise's comments are exactly what I think about this subject. I believe that we, jewish people have, to learn to live like any other people. And if God is so good to us and we are blessed with so many intelligent persons, why not being in high positions?

(68) Ruth, May 17, 2010 8:10 PM

a Jewish mandate is tikkun olam

I believe that what's important in public office, and certainly a job that is about justice itself, merits an individual of heart and soul who marries intelligence with heart and is able to do that delicate balancing act that does involve the ethics of justice. Now being a Jew might place her in a good position to do these things, or advocate, but she is also a person whose views I am sorry I don't know. I think, however, that we cannot shy away from positions that just could make a difference for humanity with these kinds of fears. Yes, someone says this is a ghetto mentality. I never thought about it that way, but I think it's an issue that doesn't scare me, namely another Jew involved in the Supreme Court. I am thinking we don't fight prejudice and bigotry and blame by hiding from it, and it doesn't go away just because one potential target is present, because we have all been targeted for years.

(67) Steven Rayow, May 17, 2010 8:06 PM

Better get used to it.

An Anti-Semetic statement that is being promulgated, again, these days is that "The Jews are taking over the world." Initially this statement seemed ludicrous to me. How on earth could a nation with a 15 million people population have any effect on a world filled with over 6 billion Non-Jews? But then, upon closer examination, I could see that they may have a valid point. Look at our history. For over 4000 years there have been those seeking to destroy us. From the time of Abraham until now our enemies have slandered, tortured, killed and denied our right to exist simply because we are Jews. And NOW, as the appearance of our rightous Moshiach grows close, we are still here. Stronger, not in numbers, but in faith and with firm resolve. HaShems promise of our final redemption also comes with the promise of our complete vindication before the nations when: 10 men of the nations of the Gentiles will take hold of the hem of a Jew, saying, "Take us with you. Now we know that G-d is with you".(Zechariah) I guess many of our Gentile brethen know (or sense) more, perhaps, than some of our Jewish bretheren.

(66) DANIEL ROJTKOP, May 17, 2010 7:48 PM

Why not? As others, the real value of a lawyer to arrive to the supreme court I guess its for every american citizen.

(65) Jossef, May 17, 2010 7:29 PM

Jewish Paranoia

I cannot believe what I am hearing in this video. I thought in the 21st century USA we Jews can finally shed off the fear of a backlash and the need to prove that we are just loyal citizens as everyone else. We should not support Kagen's nomination if she is not the best person for the job. But disqualifying her for being Jewish is simply Un American If "enlightened" Rabbis at Aish Hatorah still hang on to these views I am worried that we Jews will never shed off our paranoia.

(64) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 7:27 PM


Hashem does everything for the best, right? Should'nt we have bitachon that this too is for the our good?

(63) John McShane, May 17, 2010 7:03 PM

Who Cares?

Jewish? Never entered my mind. Capable? That's on my mind. This question? Self-absorbed.

(62) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 6:58 PM

The video is upsurd

We are Americans serving our country and making sure that Israel stays strong. The question posed in the video is obnoxious and nurtures resentment and dangerous thinking and actions.

(61) Teanecker, May 17, 2010 6:51 PM

Assert yourself

We are blamed for everything even if we are not in prominent positions. So we might as well be involved

(60) Jack levine, May 17, 2010 6:43 PM

I partially agree

If you look back in history, from the inquisition to the rise of the Nazi regimen in Germany we were in similar positions. It seems that whenever economic times are bad the country usually turns to the right wing. As we can see with the rise of the Tea Party and the conservative movement. This type of mentality does not bode well for Jews. I have heard some remarks from people with ultra conservative thoughts without knowing who I was saying some terrible things. I will quote you one of them. " The blacks and Jews are taking over the country and we have got to do something about it".

(59) Elana, May 17, 2010 6:30 PM

agree with 16

I'm tired of the sheep to the slaughter house mentality. The Jewish people are destined to be a light onto the nations. The haters will hate if you are a bum or Jesus himself. In fact, because we are required to be a light onto the nations, it is our duty and our right to go for the high profile positions. What are we teaching others if no one hears or sees us? You can be together yet keep apart and do your own religious things. Remember the analogy of the planes that went down in 01? We were taught not to fight the terrorists on the plane and just give in. One airplane heading to washington-even tho it was destroyed-saved so many others-because they (the victims) stood up for themselves. I have to say; I envy the African Americans at my work; when bama was elected they were so happy; I knew in my heart that if it was a Jew elected, many Jews would not be happy; precisely for this reason. It is so sad that we as Jews cannot be proud of ourselves; proud of being Jewish.

(58) Jack Ornstein, May 17, 2010 6:18 PM

I would be uncomfortable if Jews were NOT eligible foir high office.

I am not at all uncomfortable with having Jews in high places. I would be uncomfortable if anyone who is well qualified and Jewish were NOT a candidate for a high position simply because of his religion or ethic background., The only thing that should matter is MERIT. I think we should celebrate when a Jewish person is talented and accomplished enough to be trusted with a high office. Finally, the alternative to Jews being nominated for important positions is for us to be shut out, to be marginalized and not have he opportunity to compete and to contribute. That would be criminal.

(57) , May 17, 2010 5:49 PM

AL Whether or not Jews are in high office, they get blamed for everything anyway. Lets be proud of Jews who get selected from the multitude of wannabes.

(56) Iona Hoeppner, May 17, 2010 5:21 PM

Jews, Fine; Leftists, NO!

I am not uncomfortable with Jews in high positions, but I am uncomfortable with THIS Jew on the Supreme Court... because of her politics rather than her Jewishness.

(55) moise, May 17, 2010 5:07 PM

Worrying about jews being in higher places may cause troubles to Jews is a guetto jew mentality..That is living in fear. If Jews or anyone else have the smarts to be anywhere in position of power. why not...... They should be like anyone else. May be because we are everywhere , People in governments or position of power, are no likely to say anything antisemitic or anti ethnic against anyone in public anyway. Beying exposed to all ethnic background and religions open up understanding and cooperation and acceptance to all differences. And if any jew in power does something unethical, then he will be blamed as a person who broke the law not as a jew. having a guetto jew mentality didnt get jews anywhere but being pushed around and discriminated upon and killed. So enough with the fear .

(54) judy, May 17, 2010 5:05 PM

it is likely, chas v'shalom, to lead to a chillul Hashem. if she is a leftist, it makes it look as if omama is supporting the Jews while he is really causing more trouble for Israel...

(53) Glow, May 17, 2010 4:57 PM


I am not at all interested in how one relates to God nor what House of God one enters to do so. I am, however, most interested in how one relates to one's fellow human beings and what one's philosophies are relating to law. She fails mightily in that category. Shame on this man in the White House. There is no honor in this decision.

(52) Meira, May 17, 2010 4:57 PM

History does not teach us any lesson

My favorite Israeli writer Igor Guberman has a profound insight about such controversial issues. He finds very natural and common for Jews to be actively involved in all kind of innovations, revolutions and new social projects. Looking back to history of Russian Revolution and Jewish part in it, even during the harshest time during “ Doctors’ case”( DELO VRACHEY) he states: “I have very morose and heretic conviction that, if Hitler had held off his hate towards Jews for a while, numerous of Jews would willingly be involved in building of Third Reich with the best of their capacity and efforts…”

(51) Avraham, May 17, 2010 4:31 PM

100% agree

Jew’s, especially those that practice any form of the religion, are constantly and continually being judged on their personal moral standard by the secular world. It is for this reason that Jewish leaders (religious, political etc.) have an additional obligation to maintain a higher level of personal morality than their peers. In the comments section some of the posts suggest exactly this – i.e. that a politically powerful Jew can be very beneficial if they are a proper role-model with a superior moral compass and high-quality ideals. Personally, I feel that the risks far outweigh the benefit. Once a leader’s motivation is no longer pure, once his/her opinion is clouded by personal pride, and once the heart of a Jewish role-model is swayed by public opinion, the Jewish community as a whole is devastated. The reality of politics, leadership, and human weakness makes these temptations nearly inevitable.

(50) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 4:31 PM

Jews are a nation among 70. The Torah commanded us to keep away from the others.

Jews are a nation among 70, like a ship among 70 wolves. Being a nation among 70 nations, that mostly hate us just for being Jewish, there is no reason to be in the lime light of politics. It is like teasing the wolves “come get us”.

(49) Aviel, May 17, 2010 4:20 PM

Oh no...!

First listened to Lori's talk on "The People of the Book" and then to Solomon's talk on Elene Kagen. I would welcome a Jew on the Supreme Court...or on the tennis court...or in whatever position for which they have talent. However, if we read the slim body of Kagen's work, one can see that she is not "of the book," just another lefty liberal with a social agenda. There is not once of of Torah in her thinking, judgement, or belief.

(48) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 3:55 PM

Conservative Jewish Judges are the answer

It would be good thing if the Jewish justices have conservative values, but the Progressive movement does not have Israel's best interest at heart. Jewish judges siding with the enemies of Israel is NOT a positive. The Democrats are not with the Jewish Nation, and the antiSemitism so prevalent today comes from the Progressive Democratic Party. A person is good because of his or her core values. We all need to take care who we endorse for such a high and powerful position as Supreme Court Justice.

(47) EFREN B., May 17, 2010 3:38 PM



(46) Geri Gustin, May 17, 2010 3:36 PM


I am in agreement with the Rabbi for the reasons he mentions. Jews can do it as they have always been able to, but the best position for Jews is as highly placed advisors; no group does this job better.

(45) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 3:35 PM

I agree with ....

Rabbi, I agree with you and your thoughts on the Supreme Court nominee in some ways. I disagree with her being nominated for the Supreme Court seat not because she is Jewish, but because she is an extreme leftest and can do more harm than good. She follows "what the people or party" wants and not what G-d wants! Her track records shows this in every step of the way.

(44) David S. Levine, May 17, 2010 3:32 PM

Jews Yes, Kagan NO!

I strongly support individual Jews going as high as possible in all fields of endeavor, including government. Although a strong Republican i was elated that Senator Lieberman was chosen by Al Gore as his running mate even as I supported President Bush in 2000. However THIS nominee is a grave mistake. Based on her policy views she will be harmful to the Jewish people. Although most American Jews could be classified as liberals, liberalism in its present form is harmful to us. Kagan's disdain for the military was on display while she was Dean at Harvard Law School and, defying a law passed by a Democrat controlled Congress and signed into law by President Clinton, attempted to ban military recruiters from her campus taking a position that was dismissed by the Supreme Court by a vote of 8-0. She also took a position as Solicitor General that individual Saudi princes who sent money to Osama bin-Leaden were immune from lawsuits for the events of 9/11 and if there is a certainty of anything it is that she supports the policy of reverse discrimination that is absolutely harmful to Jews who, at latest estimate, are a mere 2% of the population. Decades ago I read that New York Times owner Iphigene Sulzberger, granddaughter of Rabbi Isaac Wise, had a conversation with her granddaughters who asked her if she would vote for a woman for President. She asked simply "Which woman?" That question is relevant here--which woman and which Jew?

(43) JOHN, May 17, 2010 3:22 PM

no racial discrimination

It is a shame about this nomination , her record of what she teaches and who she has on her staff at her University tells us EXACTLY WHERE SHE STANDS ,I did not know she was jewish until this Article was posted. I would not hold her back if she is jewish, but I would definitely hold her back because of her ideals!!!

(42) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 3:20 PM


How about Joseph?

(41) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 3:15 PM

The problem is not Jews in positions of authority but LEFT-WING Jews in positions of authority.

I would love to see Jews in leadership positions, if they were the type of individuals who could bring honor to the Jewish people and the Jewish religion: i.e. if they were Godly, moral individuals. Unfortunately, most Jews who seek leadership positions are exactly the opposite: they are anti-God and anti-morality, and they bring great shame to the Jewish people.

(40) Ann Covington, May 17, 2010 3:09 PM

Jews on the Supreme Court

The ethnicity of an individual considered for our Supreme Court is irrelevant to me. I DO NOT want Ms.Kagan on the S.C. because she is a leftist/socialist and has no place on a court that is to be led via our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Thank you.

(39) s.kahn, May 17, 2010 3:07 PM

The Supreme Court Judges are approved because of their education, knowledge of the law, ethics, etc. Why would their religion be a factor? Only if their religion preaches death or destruction of all who are not of their religion. I would hope that both houses of Congress would be cognizant of this. We have had justices of Jewish background. In fact we have one now, and she seems to know how to perform her duties.

(38) chelo, May 17, 2010 3:05 PM


She will be an asset to the supreme court. Hopefully the next u.s. president will also be a Jew, then we will take our country back from the true radicals. obama should start looking into palestine.

(37) steve altman, May 17, 2010 2:58 PM

Isn't about time for equality?

Doesn't appear to you that being afraid to be high profile is an implicit admission of lesser status than other ethnic groups? Taking a low profile in the past has never avoided anti-semitism so the old principle of you might as well be hanged as a sheep as a goat applies. No one will accept us as fully equal unless we demand it, in public, to hell with the consequences.

(36) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 2:58 PM

You're absolutely right

Remember -- Jews "run" the press! Such ridiculous statements will indeed be made by idiots about Jews being responsible for the awful mess that all irresponsible Senators and Congressmen have left us. We should all be very, very worried, especially with all the increased antisemitism (sic) going on in the world. I have no doubt you've caught the latest news about Comedy Central's destructive show about Israel. It's absolutely disgusting.

(35) Rose, May 17, 2010 2:57 PM

Kagan is a cover up for Obama

She has not much experience and she has been picked by Obama to appease the Jewish population here and to have a cover for Israel..she is not qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, she is Left Libeal activist as the president is and she will not uphold Judeo/Christian laws we have in our country...this has nothing to do just get anyone in the Supreme Court that is Jewish but all to do with the slippery slope our country is falling with this administration...We need Justices that are conservative with our American Constitution and the laws of the land not activists which will hurt all of us Jews and Christians in the end. Conservativsm not activism must be that which motivates us to either support or denounce any candidate or any judge, but, judges are even more dangerous for they can pass laws which are difficult to reverse in court. The need to be careful is prompted with this Kagan, look at her record, she has none...look at the laws she has passed and has made a difference for the better, she has none...she does have a very well written thesis that supports a socialist view of our society and does not promote individual freedoms...Freedoms which Jews first and then Christians have been fighting for milleniums and we are both being persecuted with either words, jokes but most importantly with being killed here and world-wide. This woman is not qualified to be making such serious decisions based on her past and on her own words...she is nothing more than smoke in the Jews eyes by Obama...and she with Sotomayer is a dangerous combination for us all and for our country.

(34) Bryan Shabe, May 17, 2010 2:56 PM


BS"D I respectfully disagree with the notion that a Jew in high office during antisemitic times is something that should make me nervous. As the video quote referenced Hadassah, so that is the pattern I follow personally. If a Jew in their normal daily activities makes it to the point of attaining high office, it is an opportunity to do good for the Jews and all people. It is no guarantee, but it is an opportunity, just like the one Hadassah had.

(33) suzanne, May 17, 2010 2:55 PM

Makes me nervous, too!

Could not agree with the good rabbi more on this one. My reason is that most high profile Jews in American government these days are out spoken leftists who voice (anti-Jewish, anti- Torah) opinions that many ordinary Americans find destructive . I also think that we belong in Israel where we can rule ourselves and whatever decisions we make, either positive or negative, are played out amongst ourselves only.

(32) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 2:34 PM

I agree. Jews should keep a low profile.

I fully agree with Rabbi Salomon. It reminds me of Edmund Safra, a Sefardi, Orthodox Jewish banker who in the 1980s was able to buy a controlling share of Chase Manhattan but decided not to. He said to the effect that it's not good for the Jews that a Jew should own a bank of the size and prestige of Chase Manhattan. Gd bless him for his wisdom and for the charity he gave willingly and selflessly.

(31) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 2:34 PM

Does being a Jew excuse immorality?

I am so tired of having to hear how great this person is because they are: a jew, black, hispanic, etc. Let us who really are jewish remember who set us apart, and why. This woman stands for everything that we had to run from throughout history. Let us not forget it is the content of a persons character, rather than their affiliation with a people. We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights. ~Felix Frankfurter

(30) John, May 17, 2010 2:30 PM

We Need Righteous Jews/People in the Supreme Court

Jewish values? Values? Ethics? Knowledge? Experience? She is not righteous. She is a sell out. Jew or gentile. it does not matter, but they MUST be RIGHTEOUS. If America falls, Israel will have no allies and suffer greater than ever. Consider some of the ID. numbers on our arms.

(29) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 2:28 PM

Right On The Money, Rabbi !!

I share the same feelings with you Rabbi. Judging from the current climate that's taking place right now in the world, it's about time Jews started learning that the only one to turn to is Hashem. Because Hashem is an Infinite Being, the attributes of Almercy (who grants the wishes of even the undeserving) Almighty (who metes justice to wrong doers) are what define His Unity. As we say in Shema twice daily, "Listen (the tribe of) Israel, My Almerciful Master is our Almighty G-d. My Almerciful Master - is ONE!" Wherever Hashem's Divine Presence resides, there is blessing. To the extent that it is removed - to that extent the attribute of mercy is missing and the attribute of justice takes over. When a Jew simply accepts in perfect faith that Hashem knows exactly what He is doing, and that everyone gets exactly what they deserve, whether good or otherwise, a unification of G-d's Divine Presence is brought about and Hashem's Presence is once again brought back in to this world, which causes for harsh judgments against the Jewish people and the entire world, to be sweetened at their root. Ultimately whether people like it or not, Hashem is in control of the entire picture and all the events that take place! The world is a stage - and the people on it choose which character they want to play in the script. We go through the motions of hishtadlus. But ultimately what "really" makes the difference is the unquestioning level of faith we have in Hashem. Since we realize that mortal men can never ever understand the Infinite calculations of an Infinite Being who has no beginning, nor no end. And none of us can relate to something that has no beginning nor no end since we are all finite and limited. Therefore we must become truly wise to understand our limitations and realize that we can only "believe" in Hashem's existence. Rather than place false hopes in a mere mortal - even if she is Jewish, let us realize that this is just a setup to blame us for everything

(28) Iris, May 17, 2010 2:21 PM

Sure she should be a judge

Ms Kagan's religion should have no bearing on her becoming a Supreme Court Justice. It matters not what she practices religiously (or if she practices nothing at all). It is not good for the Jews, nor bad. I would much rather have someone of intelligence on the bench than anyone who professes fealty to God.

(27) Alfred Jakob Sadler, May 17, 2010 2:16 PM

I completely agree with the rabbi. Jews should keep a low profile, friends in government yes, prominent positios in government, NO. Whatever the Jewish indiviual in high government position says or does will be held against the Jewish people. This kind o exposure always draws antisemitic comments. Our enemies just sit there waiting for the Jewish person to make a pronouncement in order to start another hate campaign. Be a power behind the throne, never sit on the throne!

(26) kim, May 17, 2010 2:15 PM

Jews in high places

I think the truth is like Paul's above. It doesn't matter if the person is a Jew, African, Mexican or what. The thing is ARE they serving the G-d of Israel using Torah for their thinking.?? If they have NO love of G-d or for Israel or completely honest as to WHAT the will cause here and around the world , then they should not be in high places.

(25) David S. Levine, May 17, 2010 2:00 PM

Jews, Yes--This One NO!

I strongly support individual Jews going as high as possible in all fields of endeavor, including government. Although a strong Republican i was elated that Senator Lieberman was chosen by Al Gore as his running mate even as I supported President Bush in 2000. However THIS nominee is a grave mistake. Based on her policy views she will be harmful to the Jewish people. Although most American Jews could be classified as liberals, liberalism in its present form is harmful to us. Kagan's disdain for the military was on display while she was Dean at Harvard Law School and, defying a law passed by a Democrat controlled Congress and signed into law by President Clinton, attempted to ban military recruiters from her campus taking a position that was dismissed by the Supreme Court by a vote of 8-0. She also took a position as Solicitor General that individual Saudi princes who sent money to Osama bin-Leaden were immune from lawsuits for the events of 9/11 and if there is a certainty of anything it is that she supports the policy of reverse discrimination that is absolutely harmful to Jews who, at latest estimate, are a mere 2% of the population. Decades ago I read that New York Times owner Iphigene Sulzberger, granddaughter of Rabbi Isaac Wise, had a conversation with her granddaughters who asked her if she would vote for a woman for President. She asked simply "Which woman?" That question is relevant here--which woman and which Jew?

(24) Tracey S., May 17, 2010 2:00 PM

Doesn't matter...

The world will find a way to hate Jews whether we are visible or not. For example, what about Joseph? He did an amazing job for the Egyptians, yet Jews were reviled afterwards. And if you study the branches of government, the Supreme Court is a judicial job, not a legislative one. Jews and the law go hand and hand. (And if anyone has any reservations -- and I can hear the unspoken prejudice -- that another woman might sit on the court, remember Deborah!)

(23) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 2:00 PM

Only when they are democrats.

(22) William Fleming, May 17, 2010 1:59 PM

The Left

Remember that this article is read by the world and in no way could a member of either US political party be called the far left. For us in the real world the far left is someone who follows the teaching of Lenin or Trotsky. I am a socialist and owe my ideas to people like Ben-Gurion, Keir Hardy or Robert Owen. Labelling someone, especially when you label them incorrectly, is only done to confuse.

(21) Dr. Harry Hamburger, May 17, 2010 1:48 PM

Remember Korach

Before we fall all over ourselves, we must remember that just because someone is born a Jew, they still must choose to be a Jew each and every day. In the Book of Ruth we learn about the Moabite custom of sacrificing their babies to the idol Morlach in ovens. How is this different from a potential Supreme Court Justice who is a woman who worships herself and the idol of convenience, and supports putting babies in ovens to burn after abortion for economic or social reasons. She belongs with Korah, not on the Supreme Court bench!

(20) Seth Lefkow, May 17, 2010 1:47 PM

Why the hell not?

Put her on the Court. Put Jews in high places. Visible or invisible, Jews are gonna be blamed for whatever happens that's not a 4.0 or a 10. The days of cowering and cringing must end. Going to the ovens like sheep, lining up at the edge of ditches waiting for the bullet? Never again. It wasn't so long ago that even the most rabid anti-Semite wanted a "Jew doctor" or a "Jew lawyer". We can be a part and still be apart, but we should not hide our abilities and our Jewishness under a basket.

(19) CAROL FRIEDMAN, May 17, 2010 1:46 PM



(18) Betty, May 17, 2010 1:40 PM

Ghetto Jew

This is not the stetl or Nazi Germany. These sentiments are the 'don't rock the boat", 'be careful of the goyim and cross the street" that had my grandparents walk into the gas chambers. Shame on you! Stand up and be proud that brilliant Jews are recognized and that the U.S. is the amazing country it is.

(17) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 1:31 PM

MSNBC Pat Buchanans comments on the issue

This is found at the CFCA Israeli Gov't website that monitors anitsemitsim.

(16) Steve4peace, May 17, 2010 1:26 PM

Maybe we can all work as street sweepers?

Rabbi Salomon is way off base when he attempts to argue that Jews should not accept important and responsible positions lest they be blamed for their failures. Using his argument, Jonas Salk should not have invented a polio vaccine lest it fail and cause embarassment to the Jewish community. Einstein should not have come up with his theories lest his ideas be used for nefarious purposes that would then be blamed on the Jews. Perhaps we should have been electing Arabs to run the state of Israel so that the world would not blame the Jews for every perceived Palestinian misfortune. Perhaps every Jewish doctor and lawyer would have been better off doing something less responsible so that the Jewish community would not be blamed for their malpractices. Maybe we should all just become street sweepers so that the anti-Semites in the world would have no reason to attack us for our successes. But you know, even that would not have worked out because some bastard somewhere would have complained about the little piece of street litter that we missed.

(15) Jake, May 17, 2010 1:24 PM

I did listen to you twice, you surprise me. Most likely I am same age as you are, only I think different. I'm sure that you read Jewish history dating past 2 1/2 thousand years. Remember you have to stand up for what is right even if you have to stand up the alone. Sometimes you have to grab a weapon into your hands. I am child of Jewish slaughter World War II and I will not take it lying down.What you are afraid of? Jews like you and 200 people of my immediate family that perished in Holocaust because they were afraid of bogeymen.I am hopeful that you will change your mind, stand up and be counted.

(14) Carol Linder-Spiegel, May 17, 2010 1:22 PM

I am most confortable for Jewish people to sit on the Supreme Court, I believe it adds balance and fairness to all religions. I feel that Ms. Kagan is qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice.

(13) Anonymous, May 17, 2010 7:29 AM

So let me get this straight- Jewish people make up only 2% (5 million) of the US population (250 million) and they will soon make up 33% of the Supreme court? And we have a Black Democratic President. Things are -a- changin!

(12) TMay, May 16, 2010 11:05 PM

Read and be alarmed..

I am against her being on the Supreme Court not because she is Jewish but because she is Leftist, a Far Leftist. I am sure her opinions and values are framed not by her being Jewish but by her being a Far Leftist Not only does she not have a large body of work to look at, and not only is she similar to Harriet Myers about whom most people had a fit, but . I read an article at Jewishworldreview entitled "The First Amendment under 'Progressive' Siege" by Wesley Pruden 5/13/2010. Here is the relevant paragraph: "A good lawyer, or even a bad one, can put loopholes in any proposal. To wit, Elena Kagans explanation of the First Amendment. It's perfectly OK, she wrote in the University of Chicago Law Review, for the government to restrict free speech as long as it means well and calls it something else. The word "restrictions" sounds bad, like a leather restraint, but Mzz Kagan's "redistribution of speech" can sound benign, like free cheese. Who doesn't like cheese? She argued that the government can employ Orwellian restrictions on speech if it thinks such speech might "harm" others, either by direct action or inciting someone else to take direct action. Who gets to decide when such restrictions are imposed for the greater good? Why, the government, of course." This is a typical expression of Far Left values where results do not matter, and there is no respect for the wisdom of the ages, and it is only intentions that count, and how it makes one feel good at the time, with no foresight, no hindsight, and no wisdom. .

(11) Beverly Kurtin, May 16, 2010 9:51 PM

Baloney (kosher, of course)

Rabbi, I seldom disagree with you, this time I disagree with a with a shake of the head. What would have happened if Jews had more of a say in the German government; would the Holocaust have happened? We are viewed as craven cowards; do anything to a Jew, it's okay. NO....I want Kaner in the court. Jew-haters don't need excuses to hate us. We have given the world moral guidelines, having Jews in high places is GOOD for us.

(10) RICHARD, May 16, 2010 6:02 PM



(9) Paul Katz, May 16, 2010 5:34 PM

What Kind of Jew?

The question should not be "Is she a Jew?" Rather," what kind of Jew is she?" She may be a delightful person but if her decisions sre not informed by traditional Jewish values preferably accompanied by at least some serious observance, expect to be disappointed. Only someone in denial believes that the current Jewish Supreme Court Justices are serious about Halakah. Jewish politicians like Barney Frank and Barbara Boxer will back various "social Justice" causes claiming that they are practicing Judaism but of cousre they are not. You can practice "social Justice" and be a Hindu, athiest , Christian. or Kmart shopper. If you don't try to study Torah and consciously carry out Mitzvot in the light of that Torah study, Judaism (and America) will suffer even if you are a nice guy or gal.

(8) Daniel Morgenbesser, May 16, 2010 5:07 PM

Respectively Disagree with the rabbi

What is important and relevant is one's values, not one's religion or ethnicity. For example, Chomsky is Jewish, but he hates Israel.

(7) Moish, May 16, 2010 4:34 PM

Salomon says GOOD

You could not have said it better. Ethics of our Fathers tells us to not hold high positions in government. What we know better? NO! we need to listen to what our messorah tells us.

(6) Dr. Alex Pister, May 16, 2010 3:35 PM

no ultimate good will come of it

Cutting right to the chase there will come a time when something will go wrong as a result of circumstances attributable to Ms. Kagan or some other high position Jew. The non Jewish element will blame the Jew and collectively the rest of the Jewish community. I’m reminded of the enormous amount of political power the Jews of Europe had prior to the Churban (destruction of) of European Jewry. Not only did this “power” not help it made things worse. Rabbi Berel Wine wrote that prior to the years of 1939 fully 40% of all real estate holdings in Poland were owned by Jews. In Germany a huge disproportion of professionals, physicians, etc. were Jews. Gentiles vented there jealousy and resentment viciously. The bottom line is if a Jew wants to positively influence the world around them the formula is simple. Be humble and follow the Torah. I’ve never had any non Jew comment negatively about how Jews should be hated because they are moral, keep Shabbos, learn the Gemorah, behave righteously, etc.. We need to learn the real tools of growth available in our holy Torah. Just keep learning the lessons taught so well right here on the website.

(5) Yosef, May 16, 2010 3:10 PM

jews in government/not a problem

When members of the Jewish faith serve in public office they are not doing so as Jews but as American citizens. It is not good, or bad, for the Jews to have them in such positions. It is good, or bad, for the country depending on how good of a job they do. As for Jews in high positions leading to anti-Semitism, I think that this unfortunate problem will exist either way, and that Jews in government will not increase it.

(4) Chavi, May 16, 2010 2:32 PM

Esav hates yaakov

No matter how competent the Jewish person in power is, and no matter how great a job he is doing for Jews and for all of his constituents, when something goes wrong (which it inevitably will) all fingers of blame will automatically point to the Jew as being the source of the problem. That is as clear as day. History has proven that time and time again. I agree with Rabbi Salomon. We can be most effective from the sidelines, not in the public eye.

(3) Linda, May 16, 2010 1:59 PM

Jews In High Government Positions

As a Jew I have no particular misgivings about a fellow Jew in a high position, in fact I am not particularly concerned about any official's religion. It is who they are, not what they are that I consider. I care not that they worship the sun, but that they do what they are supposed to do in that position of law or public service.

(2) Bronkdoc, May 16, 2010 1:41 PM

It is our obligation to serve in leadership positions,

When ever possible. Jews (who are knowledgeable) tend to weigh conflicting perspectives and derive decisions with Talmudic insight. We value responsibility to the collective (arevim zeh lazeh) while emphasizing individual responsibility (al chet shechatani). Thus, we are generally social liberals and fiscal conservatives. Yes, we run the risk of being blamed as scapegoats, but the benefits of our contribution more often outweighs that risk

(1) Sadeena Pinhasik, May 16, 2010 12:52 PM

if you do not fear G-d....

I think in any path in life, whether it be business, politics or interpersonal relationships, if a person does not have a set of ethics and specifically, for a Jew-if he does not have Yirat Shamayim-a fear of Heaven- then he cannot be truly trusted. That is why we indeed need to be wary of Jews who fill influential positions in politics- if they are not connected to the true meaning and practices of their Yiddishkeit. You mentioned a few Jewish statesmen in America but not my brother, Senator Ira I. Silverstein from Illinois. He is a state senator and represents the 8th district of Illinois. During President Obama's tenure as an Illinois State Senator, President Obama and he shared an office. I am proud to say that as an observant Jew, my brother not only helps the Jewish community in his district tremendously, he tends to the needs of all his constituents. In addition, he knows Who is above him and consults halachic authorities when he is in a quandary. An example for all of our Jewish statesmen!


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