Why Weiner Should Resign

We need to make a clear statement that this behavior is unacceptable.

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(126) Anonymous, July 24, 2013 2:39 PM

Thank you.........

I am so frightened for our children,that people in power withsuch horrible behavior aren't called on by our justice system

(125) Chana, June 26, 2011 2:05 AM

Proper pronounciation of our surnames !

I heard Congressman Weiner explain that his surname (his family name) often is "made fun of" thus helping to prompt the actions we all read and heard about. Why is it that as Jews, we allow people to mispronounce our names? Why does the Congressman himself allow his family name to be pronounced as WIENER (of Hebrew National fame) instead of WINER......the way it is meant to be pronounced! Had Mr.Weiner, from the very beginning made it clear to people that his name is pronounced: Winer, not Wiener, perhaps all this nonsense could have been avoided. My family name is very much like the Congressman's and in the US one will try to pronounce it WRONGLY and it bothers me terribly and I immediately correct people when this occurs. Why is it that so many Jewish people allow their surnames to be "Americanized" and mispronounced? Why is it: Mrs.GoldSTIEN, instead of Goldstein? Even Rabbi Salomon pronounced Mr. Weiner's name incorrectly. And yes, it was sleazy and really dumb on the Congressman's part and yes, he should resign!

(124) Leonard, June 25, 2011 1:15 PM

Forget the content of the photos for a moment

1. This public official mistakenly sent out these photos to the wrong people (Careless and Reckless). 2. Gave false statements: a hacker had altered photos of him and sent them out from his account. (Liar,No accountability. Shifts Blame) 3. Entered into a contract with his new bride (Marriage vows) that he broke almost immediately. (No commitment, no ethics and no solid foundation to build on.) 4. This man’s life is so fluid. We cannot and he cannot even guess what his next moves will be at this time. He must leave office. 5. He needs our prayers, support and guidance. NOT OUR VOTES

(123) Yossie, June 21, 2011 7:18 PM

I agree, BUT

I agree that Weiner behavior is unacceptable, although I don't think I would call it heinous. I think the problem is that we really do NOT expect any sort of standards of our representatives, and that is a shame. I believe that Charles Rangel's tax cheating and holding on to several rent contolled apartments is far more serious. Teddy Kennedy, the "swimmer", also did not belong in the Senate after Mary Jo Kopechne. What Clinton did in the White House was also far worse. I could go on, but I think you get the picture. I think that standards should be applied more uniformly to all members of the political spectrum.

(122) M. Minor, June 20, 2011 2:52 AM

I appreciate that Rabbi Salomon speaks out so clearly. We are bombarded with sleezy sensuous media all the time. It is actually refreshing to hear someone speak with conviction in this loose immoral day. Thank you. Keep up the good work.

(121) Michael, June 18, 2011 7:48 AM

Imminent Moshiach?

I dunno. A lot of this stuff is as old as the hills.

(120) betty, June 18, 2011 3:19 AM

RIDICULOUS!!!!

If the media, rightwing religious republicans, and imbiciles that live amongst us were more interested in politics and less interested in someone's personal sexual activities we would all be a lot better off. If this didn't spin out of control I would actually think that it was a JOKE!!! We are the LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD PEOPLE!! We have a failing economy, people out of work, losing homes, etc...and all we seem to be interested in is this man's sex texting!! come on people grow up...move on!!! STOP THIS!!! insane, nonsensical distraction from what is important. PLEASE if I want a moral religious experience I attend synagogue. Who cares about the "moral compass" of our politicians...they've been notoriously known as somewhat unethical since FOREVER!!! duah!!!!!

Anonymous, June 23, 2011 1:28 PM

If we overlook our leaders immoral behavior we are in a way condoning it.

(119) Werner, June 17, 2011 10:40 PM

parallel politics USA vis Israel

As Yushl points out we have same problem here if this guy would have been a conservative...all of those things would have happened.. but since like in the case of Clynton...this case will be soon forgiven and forgotten....even though on the other hand we elect officials to govern not to be moral beacon, if they would be moral people it would help.

(118) marcia meyerstein, June 17, 2011 1:11 AM

guilty of emotional and sexual immaturity.

how sad it is that an elected official is playing games that are more suited to a very immature child and not an adult about to become a father. this shows that there is more to life than academic degrees and honors. what a shame he lacked the emotional and sexual maturity of most pre-bar-mitzvah boys.

(117) Anonymous, June 16, 2011 10:42 PM

I am upset.

I know this man since the day he started his career. He was the Congressman in my district. I feel so sorry for him. He really is a good person, who went astray. All I can say is G-D speed. I hope he finds his way.

(116) Aaron, June 16, 2011 10:12 PM

Politician are not elected to be moral leaders

I am not condoning what he did, but as far as Im concerned, its none of my business. His constituents elected him to help pass laws, not to be a role model. If we were talking about a shul Rabbi, that would be a different story. We need to worry about being the best moral characters that we can be, and let them worry about passing laws.

(115) yushl, June 16, 2011 9:07 PM

DISENGAGEMENT AND SUPER ENGAGEMENTS

Nice analysis. Well presented. I am not sure whether any DA in the USA would seek an indictment against an un-elected citizen or an elected official who did the same things that Representative Weiner did, denied and subsequently confessed to doing. However, here is my prediction regarding what would happen if an Israeli Knesset representative did the same thing. If he had supported the Sharon-Katif-Gaza disengagement, the major dailies would mention it on page 12, alongside the article entitled "Brave firefighters rescue cat from 2-meter- high tree." The prosecutor would say that he will read the report that the police will submit. The courts will dismiss the case as "not of any interest to the public." If the confessed perpetrator opposed the disengagement, the police would invade his home in front of the cameras of informed journalists; the police would conspicuously carry out boxes and computers; they might say "I am not at liberty to tell you what we found but you may report that my smile reflects a well planned operation and a well executed search." The editorials would condemn the total disintegration of morals, would point fingers of righteous indignation at the accused's fellow party members; the Attorney General would announce that all is prepared for an indictment, as soon as they uncover a specific law outlawing the behavior. Headlines would demand that the suspected individual resign, lose all rights of a former member of the Knesset, be sent to a prison for hardened felons and perhaps be crucified, and bear the cost of wood and nails. In Israel’s Ruling Elitist Leftist Guild of newspapers, prosecutors, Attorneys General and Judiciary, the unwritten agreement is “…If you supported the Sacred Disengagement Crusade, we will overlook any SUPER-ENGAGEMENTS that you subsequently entered. If you opposed the same disengagement, we will make our best efforts to DISENGAGE you from conventional life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and public office.”

(114) Anonymous, June 16, 2011 7:34 PM

Maimonidies,in his sefer on t'shuva, calls upon us to accept responsibility for our action,admit, ask forgiveness,& accept never to do it again-complete t'shuva.Did he not do t'shuva with his humble admission? I wonder. Let us hope that Hashem forgives us as well when we do stupid things. I was horrified at the action and the subsequent lying of this representative, but I was impressed that he made an attempt to ask public forgiveness for his lack of good decision-making and for his lying. Klal Yisroel must learn from this event of the true danger of the internet for ourselves and our future generation.Our actions are always recorded in the book.... I do not disagree with your opinion, but I wonder why Clinton who did an equally horrific action, publicly lied, and never asked forgiveness, is still revered by the American pp. He too should have been taken to task for bringing shame and sending the wrong message.

(113) Anonymous, June 16, 2011 4:59 PM

Partially Diaagree About Rep. Weiner

First, I really enjoy your videos. Second, what Rep. Weiner did ishould be between him and his wife (there was no physical contact with any of these women). Most people, especially when they have so much to lose, will deny they were involved in something like this. To his credit, he eventually confessed and sought help. My first thought was that he shouldn't resign. However, becuase such a circus was made of this, by both the media and holier than though politicians; he most likely will not be taken seriously anymore and therefore he should resign.

(112) L. Zimms, June 16, 2011 3:36 PM

Thank you for the encouragement that Messiah is coming soon and for your stance against the insolent behavior so prevalent today!

(111) Steve Skeete, June 16, 2011 3:00 PM

You, represent us?

Rabbi, you have made three points with which I agree. One, that the signs of the times all point to the coming of Messiah, two, that men who represent the people ought to be men of high morality, and three Weiner ought to resign. I would like to add, however that the people whom Weiner represents, those who voted for him should not request but demand his resignation. Had I voted for him I would write him a letter, or send him an email telling him that his behaviour was reprehensible and that he was no longer worthy to be my representative. Where are the people in all this? How can this man just decide unilaterally that he is going to get "treatment" for who knows what ailment when he was placed there by people to represent them and their interests? This also is a sign of the times Rabbi Salomon, as someone rightly said "we get the leaders we deserve". The people must rise up and say "not this time, we deserve better than Weiner". The Weiners of this world are just not fit to be representatives, and I appreciate your saying so Rabbi.

(110) suzzanne nemick, June 16, 2011 2:01 AM

In these days, In the USA, of moral ambivilance, I welcome your stand, for our representatives to represent somenthng greater than the lowest common denominator. Leveling the playing field for morality is unacceptable to me, How about you?

(109) Anonymous, June 16, 2011 1:11 AM

Reprimanded without resignation

I'm for him keeping his position and being reprimanded at the same time. This is his personal life, which is none of my business, so he should be penalized in some way, but keep his job. He wasn't found guilty of being a pedophile or something weird like that, and he didn't use funding from our taxes or our money to do these things. If he has problems in his marriage that he has to be fullfilled with other women then that is their personal problems. I don't support cheating emotionally on wives or husbands, but his business is his own.

Anonymous, June 16, 2011 2:48 PM

understanding sex addiction

Sex addiction is a set of compulsive behaviors with a rooting in earlier life. His acting out does not reflect on his spouse, nor what was lacking in his marriage. Blame and shame on others is not productive. Treatment and 12 step recovery for him and his family will help the healing. Enough of the stone throwing.

(108) Isaac, June 16, 2011 12:45 AM

Whomever points one finger at another, points three fingers at himself.

You are right, there is a great deal of chutzpah in our times, and I can see it in your video. You , you are the chutzpah here. For Anthony Weiner is a great congressman, he has help a lot of people in his career, can you say the same? And this whole experience will make him an even greater man, and if you, a Rabbi, can not see this, that we learn from our mistakes, and that the reason a person falls, is for that person to rise to a higher level. Zohar. Then perhaps you should resign. Whomever points one finger at another, points three fingers at himself.

(107) Krasny, Chana, June 16, 2011 12:35 AM

I am inspired by your delivery

I am not exposed (by choice and direction) to most media related events - very sheltered in a beautiful orthodox community near the Mirrer Yeshiva. While browsing in hopes of finding out more news of Rubashkin's din, I came across your statement on Mr. Weiner. I was so impressed that your moral message relayed all of the correct ways of viewing the maisa which is surely public knowledge (though I in my ignorance have still not discovered the details - and don't know if I need to know them l'toeles at this point) I was amazed and impressed that in no place of your discussion did you publically recall and list whatever this man did wrong. May Hashem shield him from sinning further, and miraculously provide him with a way to publically reverse the hillel Hashem that has come out from his unfortunate choices, and may we all be saved from such shame in this world AND more importantly the world to come. Thank you for your outstanding service in teaching us how to view current matters without participating in rampant loshen hara or devores onim. I for one, am surely anticipating Moshiach's immenent arrival with great desire. Sincerely, Mrs. Krasny krasny@yeshivanet.com

(106) chana, June 15, 2011 5:33 PM

Anthony Weiner's indescretions

Rabbi Salomon - I agree with your point of view completely. Anthony Weiner does not set a good example of what our representatives should exhibit ethically. He should resign on his own.

(105) Anonymous, June 15, 2011 10:55 AM

If one saves a life, one saves a whole world

Lashon Hara, the speaking ill of a person whose flaws have become public, hurts both the speaker of the words and the person harmed by those words. I wish our community, and Mr. Weiner and his family, the benefits and treatment for sex addiction. His denial in the media is part of the process of recovery. He has the right to fully recover. That would be an asset to us and his constituents.

(104) lisa, June 15, 2011 10:06 AM

Scary what is going on.....

We deserve better!!! RESIGN!

(103) jerry krasnow, June 15, 2011 9:59 AM

Psychotherapist as Rabbinic Judge

If Rabbi Salomon wants his views to be seriously considered, then his book and bio do not belong on the same page. Talk about Chutzpah, Salomon's bio states he is a "noted psychotherapist", yet his comments are all Rabbinic pronouncements. I wonder why Rabbi Yaakov Salomon does not offer himself as Weiner's therapist, or as his Rabbinic guide? From the comments above, all appear to offer compassion. What Weiner has done is symptomatic of a wide spead problem with the new communication tools. The internet and phones offer ultimated iopportunities for LaShon Hara - evil speach. With unlimited opportunities for transgression, temptation demands more self control. Weiner's actions only bring to light this enormous issue. Another manifestation, cyber bulling, has lead to teen deaths. Congress needs to wrestle with the issues and create better laws. If Weiner resigns, will Congress have the courage to look at this issue? I don't believe so. As long as he remains in Congress the members cannot forget; and there remains a chance for change for the better.

(102) David Alan Fairman, June 15, 2011 6:10 AM

Yes and No

He should surely resign for now...and do tshuva. On the other hand, how could Judah be the father of Mashiach rather than Joseph Hatzdik? He went to the harlot ...but later admitted his sin and repented. Even Moshe was the son of a marriage that should not have been since a man (Amram) can't marry is aunt.

(101) sid, June 15, 2011 3:25 AM

he's not Jewish...

there's a misconception with regards to Anthony Weiner, he is not Jewiah. His mother was Italian and his father was Jewish, Inbeleive they were divorced.

Yossie, June 21, 2011 7:21 PM

Weiner is Jewish

I heard that she was Jewish. Besides, what difference does it make as far as his resignation is concerned? Do we have a different standards for Jews and non-Jews?

(100) granny, June 15, 2011 2:41 AM

Why should Weiner resign if President Clinton did not? He also lied front of the nation and later admitted to inproper acts with an intern in the oval office. We did not demand his resegnation. He was also en elected officer and worse, he used our national building, the white house, for his immoral acts .

(99) Anonymous, June 15, 2011 2:39 AM

he is not jewish

I could not hear the video ( my sound is not working) but was informed that ANTHONY had an Italian mom and Jewish dad so he is not a Jew per Orthodoxy. He is immature to send pics to young ladies even though he did not meet them after.That's childish. How old is he anyway? He married at an older age, apparently, as he is married less than a year. Why would a Rabbi marry him if he is not a Jew? Resign? Maybe serious counceling could help. Others have done the same or worse, but he did it in an in your face (book) type way. Oh well, I guess this attractive Muslim woman was unable to stop him from wanting to do this stuff during the very first year of their marriage and risk this marriage. He does not even look appealing in those photos...

(98) Anonymous, June 15, 2011 2:07 AM

he is not alone

we all are part of the house of representatives, we all have to teach the world what is right and what is wrong. sometimes we make mistakes, but we all, like Wiener, have to eventually face what we did and correct it. we also have to eventually tell the world that whatever we may have done wrong was against our better judgement. we must never loose sight of what we are here to do: to teach the world right from wrong. that is what the chosen nation is all about. but i don't know, no matter what a Jew dose, he is always a Jew. is it any different in this case?

(97) Dave, June 15, 2011 1:53 AM

Charlie Reingold should join him

Speaking of Chutzpa the "Honorable" tax cheater, Charlie Reingold of all people was the one to come to Weiner's defense. He should lead by example and volunteer a plead of guilty and place himself in jail for all of his crimes instead of defending his comrade who voted to look the other way when Charlie was caught. Yes I am afraid Rabbi Salomon is right, our country is being lead by " A good old boy's club" full of cut throats and cheats that would bring fear into the eyes of Black Beard himself.

(96) Rosen, June 15, 2011 1:02 AM

chutzpah forever?

It seems as if miracles fade and chutzpah is forever, given all of mankind's imperfections. As for Rep. Weiner, I don't think he should resign. He (eventually) expressed humility for what he has done and is doing the right thing to get treatment. I wouldn't want to see such a strong, progressive representative's good work be trumped by his sexual shenanigans (maybe if he was married to a Jew and not a Muslim, would he have less likely committed adultery in a more traditional, disciplined Jewish marriage?).

(95) Anonymous, June 15, 2011 12:35 AM

Well Said, Rabbi Salomon

I loved what you said in regards to Anthony Weiner. Your statement also provided me with comfort about the Moshiach's arrival. This place we call earth has a lot of horrible people who want to destroy good people, as well as our planet. These people do not get "The Big Picture". You are wonderful. I want with all my heart, for the world to heal. I work at a Jewish early childhood program. I try to teach them to "Use their words", celebrate each other's differences, and take care of the world (i.e., no littering, plant more trees and take care of the trees we have). Also, I teach them about the Torah & Pirke Avot. Your book, "Salomon Says 50 Stirring and Stimulating Stories" sounds fabulous, I would definately like to read it, but my husband is out of work and I don't know if we can afford it. I will check this Jewish Library in my area. Thank you, Trudy Wellen

(94) eva, June 15, 2011 12:30 AM

lowlifes

I once read a joke, in which a politician was called a jerk. When asked what he had to say to that, the politician said," yes, I am, but I believe the jerks of this country deserve representation too." Perhaps Weiner (who is a total disgrace) thinks the lowlifes of this country deserve representation too; that's why he wouldn't step down.

(93) Debbie, June 15, 2011 12:29 AM

Good news!

It's good to learn that good news can come from this lunacy. A sign that Mashiach is on his way!!

(92) David of Hawaii, June 14, 2011 10:48 PM

All Congressional Scandelous Behavior Should Resign

Yes, Weiner should resign. And David Vitter, and Newt Gindrich, and all of the corrupt and scandal ridden politicians. Vote these people out of office. In fact, get rid of all of the Ole Boy network. 12 years in office is enough. Make them use the same Pension System and Health Care System they provide for us. Get rid of all the Congressional perks. The founding fathers never meant it to be a life long private welfare system.

SusanE, July 1, 2011 10:25 PM

Enough is Enough.

Hear! Hear! I agree with David.

(91) jewswithviews.com, June 14, 2011 10:41 PM

wiener is not a Jew

anthonys mother is not a JEW..HE does not represent JUDAISM or Torah values. WE JEWS MUST STAND ON TORAH VALUES,not on political kindness for evil.JEWS MUST JUDGE, we are taught to judge, TO SEPARATE EVIL FROM GOOD AS WE SEPARATE SHABBAT FROM THE REST OF THE WEEK. JEWS MUST GO BACK TO TORAH LEARNINGS.

(90) Anonymous, June 14, 2011 10:41 PM

Anthony Weiner - always there for our community

No matter what Congressman Weiner may or may not have done , his Jewish constituents must recognize that he was always, ALWAYS there for his us, and for the State of Israel. We owe him gratitude for all he's done on our behaf, as well as good wishes for a speedy recovery for whatever may have snapped in his private life.

(89) Jennifer Morris, June 14, 2011 10:13 PM

Merciful forgiveness for Mr. Weiner

I agree that Mr. Weiner should resign. Sadly, he was a highly intelligent dynamic person in government with a serious flaw of character. At the same time I believe we should show him mercy in our thoughts and forgiveness and pray for him. I believe that these kinds of shortcomings are the result of a fast-paced world and any of us could fall into f similar trap if we fail to practice prayer daily. I am not Jewish,but a friend of Israel and a member of the Intl. Fellowship of Christians & Jews.

Iris B, June 15, 2011 4:06 PM

Really?

Jennifer, if you think Mr. Weiner is a highly intelligent dynamic person in government, please tell me how his indisgression negatively affected his ability to be a Congressman? Yeah, he screwed up. You is without flaw. The person who jaywalks or texts while driving is participating in a more dangerous activity than what Mr. Weiner did. Would you call for the resignation of a Congressman who jaywalks? I think not. Mr. Weiner SHOULD NOT RESIGN. If his constituents want him out of office, they will vote him out. Our government has put in checks and balances and voting is the way to change our government without coups and revolts.

(88) Sheldon Klein, June 14, 2011 9:54 PM

I agree, but

There is no question regarding Mr. Weiner's behavior. It should not be tolerated. However, should he be the only public official to be so scrutinized? Should not ALL holders of public office ANYWHERE be held accountable? And even more so, those in federal positions? At the very least, every member in both federal legislatures need to be scrutinized and treated accordingly. Otherwise, it could easily be considered that Mr. Weiner has been singled out for special "treatment". Let not hypocrisy and prejudice rule.

(87) Myers, June 14, 2011 9:07 PM

Amen!

Amen! Enough! Democrat or Republican; enough!

(86) Laura M. Pruna, June 14, 2011 8:37 PM

You Are 100 % Correct

This is beyond ethics. This is a moral issue. It is not something about being unable to tell the difference between right and wrong. This man is so focused about his genitals that he has no time to think about his constituents.

(85) Anonymous, June 14, 2011 7:55 PM

Every thig you said is sooooooooo true. Proud to listen to u

Great lines. Someone is thinking about "EMET" this days....

(84) Anonymous, June 14, 2011 7:54 PM

Anthony Weiner should resign on the same day that Charlie Rangel resigns.

Anonymous, June 21, 2011 7:25 PM

AMEN

Weiner didn't steal, he didn't cheat us, taxpayers, and he is not occupying several undeserved rent controlled apartments illegally, like Rangel.

(83) Iris B, June 14, 2011 7:15 PM

Rabbi Saloman, you are off base

What Anthony Weiner did was wrong, no doubt about it. But it was a personal failing on his part and has absolutely nothing to do with the job he performs as a representative. Calling for his resignation is overkill. The fact that you are joining the bandwagon and publically calling for his resignation greatly disappoints me and makes me lose respect for you. If you were a habitual jaywalker, or texted while driving, should you be stripped of your smicha, or your certification as a social worker? Should Aish call for your resignation or ask you to resign? What, you think what Weiner did is worse than jaywalking or texting while driving? ABSOLUTELY NOT!! Jaywalking and texting while driving put lives at risk. Sexting does not. The only ones harmed by his sexting are Weiner and his wife and it is a PERSONAL matter that involves no one else BUT THEM! If Weiner's constituents are unhappy with what he did, they will handle the matter in voting booth, the ONLY place where his performance and actions are to be judged. The media has blown this whole affair way out of proportion, and the Democratic leaders who have called for his resignation are an embarassment. You disappoint me Rabbi Salomon. It may be your opinon that he should resign, but you are wrong.

(82) Elqana, June 14, 2011 6:59 PM

the verdict

Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

(81) Emmanuel Tchividjian, June 14, 2011 6:52 PM

my blog post on the topic

Mr. Weiner’s despicable conduct does raise some interesting ethical questions. What values have been stomped by Mr. Weiner’s behavior? Let me list just four. 1. Accountability: When you become an elected official you have to give an account of your behavior not only to your conscience, your wife, your family and friends but also to your constituency. 2. Honesty: People, will have a hard time forgiving his dishonesty and repeated public lies. 3. Decency: Sending lewd photos of yourself to women you do not even know highly qualifies for gross indecency. 4. Faithfulness/Loyalty: Most the media coverage and conversations about this disgusting episode, reference is made that Mr. Weiner while engaged in these activities is a married man. The fact that it matters to people is very reassuring to me. The values of fidelity and the keeping of promises seemed to be still highly and universally respected. There is hope for society. King Solomon once wrote: “Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart””

(80) Anonymous, June 14, 2011 6:36 PM

rep a weiner resignation

Teddy Roosevelt said: "A public office is a public trust" Weiner is not trustworthy. His judgement hence his mind is profoundly impaired. We can't "unsee" what we've seen in newspapers, on tv and the internet. What's stopping him f rom resigning?

(79) mark r, June 14, 2011 6:32 PM

the voters represent a mirror image of Mr weiner

Of course the behavior is unacceptable juvenile and shows development deficits; but does not it speak about the people who elected him to office. Is he not a mirror image of them? He campaigned in this district and the people liked him.I say what makes the district that he represents so angry is that it says something about what they are and by telling him to resign it might make feel better initially but really the problem is with the voters themselves. What he did is reprehensible but what does it really solve if there is a resignation.Nothing

(78) David C., June 14, 2011 6:27 PM

David Vitter must resign

Good for the goose...

(77) Diane, June 14, 2011 6:24 PM

As Suzane said, perhaps this is G-d's way of reminding us all to be watchful of our behavior and modesty...but I also think there is an additional, very important message: we need to go back to truly considering and analyzing who we have representing us (citizens of the United States) in positions of power--be it members of the school board, or as President of the U.S. Right now I'd venture to say there's barely a city council in this country that isn't loaded with people who are there only because of their political connections or bank account. And definitely that could be said of Congress. They are not, for the most part, representing the best interests of this country, or its citizens. Why? WHY are we electing these people? We must grow strong, and start learning to say "'No" to people like Weiner.

(76) Anonymous, June 14, 2011 6:21 PM

You are so right! Our leaders should exhibit good conduct and honesty.

(75) Pastor Larry Coffin, June 14, 2011 5:47 PM

Agree

Thank you Rabbi. You are right on. It is hard to find good people to serve in the political field. Seems like they just want to serve SELF and not the people.

(74) Bro Rob, June 14, 2011 5:22 PM

in total agreement

Rabbi, I am in total agreement. Society has lost it's foundations in Biblical truth. The Bible describes the End Time scenario and they look alot like the days we are living in!

(73) Unlisted, June 14, 2011 4:58 PM

This is what happens with no Torah

This is a perfect example of what happens when a Jew is raised without Torah. And his wedding to a MUSLIM woman was officiated by none other than that great tzaddik and role model, Bill Clinton! So what do you expect from someone who makes these kind of choices??

Anonymous, June 15, 2011 1:29 AM

yes...unlike david vitter...

yes...unlike david vitter...he is such a wonderful man!

(72) Bob, June 14, 2011 4:55 PM

Weiner shouldn't have to resign

Representative Weiner is a powerful and passionate liberal voice. He displayed a human weakness, harmful to his relationship with his wife. We fixate on it because it deals with a societal taboo, sexuality. We all have our weaknesses, but if everyone with one revealed were to exit politics, we would be left without quality people. I urge Rep. Weiner to act as his conscience dictates, and not to listen to others who might judge him.

Marc Messing, June 14, 2011 7:00 PM

Really?

Bob, do you really believe there are no qualified, moral people with a liberal voice in politics? What about Sen. Lieberman, for one? In a country of over 300 million people, I sure hope you are wrong. And WE deserve better leaders! Also, don't forget that Rep. Weiner did not just display a human weakness - he baldfacedly lied to ALL of us about it, too.

Anonymous, June 14, 2011 7:17 PM

Weiner should not resign

His consiituants should decide his fate by either reelection or otherwise. He has a sickness which only he and his wife can address. He lied only to keep this illness hidden and to prevent the embarrassment he is now facing. Only he, without outside pressure should make this decision. I am hoping he decides to stay because despite his imperfections ,he is a sorely needed liberal voice in today's congress.

Ofra Ben-David Ofra, June 15, 2011 2:13 AM

Leaders should be held to a higer standart.

IOh,yes he is a powerful arrogant who can get on T.V. and say all kind of lies to the American people if it's about obama care or our economy and jobs any lie to help the Dems and Obama and the Dems liked all the garbage that he was saying If he has any decency let in him he should get lost he is a Jew by name only

(71) Sanford J Goodman, June 14, 2011 4:54 PM

Weiner should resign

Dear Rabbi Solomon: I totally agree that Anthony Weiner should resign. Those who dare to lead must be held at a higher standard. Sanford J. Goodman Dallas Texas, USA

(70) John D. Miller, June 14, 2011 4:49 PM

What goes?

Maybe here in my bit of north London, I am on a different planet so to speak, because I don't know what this man has done. And I am happy with that.

(69) Joel Miller, June 14, 2011 4:46 PM

Dovid HaMelech did teshuva too

Dovid HaMelech had an illicit relationship initiallyl with Bat-sheva. He did public teshuva and became an example to everyone. You may be embarrassed by Weiner but he is a fine Congressman with guts. The chutzpah these days are the ganovim who want to rob from the poor and middle class and give to the rich. Go after those Rabbi Solomon. A few lewd pictures are nothing compared to the wholesale robbery going on in the USA.

(68) M.Webster, June 14, 2011 4:46 PM

Nitpicking!!

Next we will shun those who wear brown shoes with a navy suit.

(67) Ilana Hamer, June 14, 2011 4:16 PM

very good. What can I do about this chuspadick Weiner ?

As above.

(66) Dan, June 14, 2011 4:05 PM

Treatment?

I think it's really significant that Weiner has publicly announced he's having "treatment" for his "condition". It's highly revealing of modern society that every kind of discretionary behavior has been stripped of its moral bounds on the grounds that underlying the behavior is a disease that needs treating. The implication is that the person in question was actually not responsible for what he or she did, thus casting free will and morality right out the window. Bill Clinton laid the groundwork for this scenario, and Weiner is making a major contribution to it.

(65) Anonymous, June 14, 2011 3:34 PM

You said it all, Rabbi

Rabbi, it could not have been said better or with more passion. His narcissistic behavior prior to his "indiscretions" are only magnified by the handling of his situation. He should have resigned the moment he not only LIED, but made up such horrendous stories to blame others, and barely touched on THAT apology. I would go after him for character assassination if he did that to me! We don't really know if he committed any felonies at this point. I am sure that will come out much later! He is a very sick man.

(64) tobywil, June 14, 2011 3:29 PM

I disagree

Weiner may be sick, but we know what his illness is, exhibitionism, so far I'm assuming he's harmless, but all the other politicians we have no idea how corrupt and bad they are, I believe they all have some problem I don't believe he's a good role model,as a bad one that we can teach our children about. I also don't believe he should be deprived of his job if he is doing a good one, most politicians are bad that I have encountered. Immodesty may be the least of their problems. Who but an exhibitionist would want the job of politiacian???

(63) Eileen, June 14, 2011 2:30 PM

Mr. Weiner's deportment sends extremely negative messages.

Absolutely agree with you Rabbi Salomon. If it OK to lie, and commit lewd acts for the powerful, then why not for the common person and our youth!

(62) Rose Rowlett, June 14, 2011 2:19 PM

Amen!

Amen! Total agreement.

(61) David K., June 14, 2011 1:52 PM

Narcissist Wiener!

I don't understand the compassion for this man, he is a narcissist, pure and simple. Those who're familiar with wiener's political rants whenever a camera's present know that the guy is just full of himself and a total self obsessed idiot. How can anyone believe that a narcissist, so in love with himself would ever serve the public interest? I'd go further and call him a disgrace to our race, little wiener please go before you cause more embarrassment.

(60) suzane steinmetz, June 14, 2011 7:04 AM

Rabbi Solomon, thank you for sending once again, such a clear and well spoken message. It is a tremendous chutzpah on Mr. Wiener's part to refuse to leave his post as a representative. I think that stronger than the chutzpah ( and what allows it to exist), is the lack of 'busha', or sense of embarrassment or shame. Yes, he FEELS embarrassed in front of those who see his behavior as negative and look down upon it, but he i he IS NOT embarrassed in front of HIMSELF. If he were truly ashamed, he'd disappear from the scene. He's just waiting for the fuss to blow away. Sadly, he is a 'representative'; Though there are many decent people out there that condemn this behavior, and would not act in a similar way; I'm sad to say that he probably does represent a big number of people out there. How many people are really bothered? Maybe G-D is telling us via this mess of our 'representative', that we Americans, have to be more modest, watch our behaviors, respect our privacy and our dignity.

(59) Anonymous, June 14, 2011 4:26 AM

just about every president of the usa has had some dirty little secret exposed at one time or another or has had some very shady financial deals going on with their so called enemies,this moral outrage just kills me,and as for bringing shame on the jews perhaps that person should come and live in Israel for a while and watch daily scandals and corruption being exposed. Truth becomes the lie and the lie becomes the truth.we all need to repent because were basically all liars in one form or another.

(58) Anonymous, June 14, 2011 2:26 AM

How come Senator David Vitter is still serving?

Why aren't you calling for his resignation?

(57) Zvika, June 13, 2011 9:57 PM

Personal life - everyone makes mistakes

I want to provide some balance to the issue (of which I admit I do not know all the facts). 1) we all make mistakes and forgiveness is a virtue - yes ? 2) "Indescretions" have been made by some of our most cherished leaders and 3) to a large extent we choose these "representatives" because we believe they are qualified to draft, evaluate and pass good an fair laws - personal issues do not nec preclude such activites being performed well. I am just trying to help us all keep some perspective - by no means condoning the actions. Bill Clinton had his own issues, but apparently it did not keep him from performing as President - until Republicans were allowed to impeach him, thaks to Justice Stevens. Again, I certainly do not condone the actions, but don't think neutralizing a sitting president was worth it. He should have been tried after leving office (it was already his last term anyway)..

Marc Messing, June 14, 2011 6:33 PM

Respectfully disagree

Zvika, I respectfully disagree. Although I too do not know all the facts, those facts we do know are enough to require Me. Weiner's resignation under any moral, ethical, and even political standard. 1) Yes, we all make mistakes, but it does not follow that our leaders are therefore absolved of responsibility for their actions. Christians may believe that forgiveness is the ultimate virtue with no preconditions, but Jews believe fogiveness is earned by a true regret for the action one did, not just for getting caught; none of Mr. Weiner's actions or statements since his missteps have come to light indicate such regret, and even if he does come to regret his actions, that does not indicate he is a fit leader. 2) One should not argue that others' indiscretions are a valid excuse for one's own failings; each individual has personal responsibility for his own deeds. 3) Yes, our representatives must be qualified as legislators, but I firmly believe that personal ethics is also a requirement for the job; I wouldn't want a leader whose opinion could change based on who gives him the most personal advantage, nor would I want a leader who feels it is fine to publicly lie to me for his own benefit. What if one of the women Mr. Weiner was sending pictures to was in fact an enemy agent who would then have blackmailed "our" representative to vote against our national interests? That possibility alone is enough to require Mr. Weiner (and I believe even more so a sitting President) to resign his position, as a person who lacks the political judgment and control over his own personal affairs to effectively lead our great country.

(56) David S, June 13, 2011 7:21 PM

Weiner's actions are so sad.

Political relativism suggests Weiner could stay; after all, David Vitter not only filled out his term and was re-elected, and Larry "Wide Stance" Craig finished out his term. However, as someone who so publicly embraces his faith (our faith), he must also be held accountable for his actions. And there can be no doubt that these actions are execrable. This is not a Democratic/Republican issue, nor a conservative/liberal one, it is a simple question of basic morality. When someone is honored with such a position of public trust, his/her actions must continually earn that trust. Sadly, Mr. Weiner's actions fall far short of even the most basic threshold of decency. It is with sadness that I echo many of the sentiments here: please Mr. Weiner, now do the honorable thing and leave the House.

(55) Tom, June 13, 2011 4:50 PM

private life/public life

"A man who will lie to his wife, will also lie to his constituents." Weiner is not the first one to do this. Bill Clinton did it, when he was president. People came to his defense, saying, "What he does in his private life has no bearing on what he does in public life." Over the years, the public has bought into this lie, seeking to justify their own actions. Perhaps Rep. Weiner thought, "If the President of the United States can get away with a much worse 'indescretion,' how can I possibly be held accountable for this 'minor league' stuff?" We really don't learn, do we?

(54) Stefan J. Lane, June 13, 2011 2:55 PM

He abandoned the Jewish people for his own fulfillment and greed

I never liked the man's public persona. He has been so arrogant in his power grabbing that I was completely turned off. He married a Muslim woman to me for opportunity to garner favor with Hillary Clinton. His wife is her close associate. Weiner is just like so many Jews that have, converted, or married into the stratosphere of gentility and power. This is a perception on their part not mine. It breaks my heart to see this behavior among more than 505 of our children. Albeit, they don't intermarry and always financially succeed. In the end these people and their children are lost to us. I disagree with your single point about resigning. I want him to stay where he is so that he can be the shining example of what lack of principle can be. We don't want another leftist politician to take his place and then be effective where Wiener can no longer. This whole episode is sad. I do hope that he changes and after a time withdraws from public office untill such time that he is able to prove to himself and all others that he can be trusted.

(53) Vicki, June 13, 2011 1:59 PM

Weiner Should Resign

I agree with you on every point. Character and integrity is an absolute muct in our leaders.

(52) lloyd horwood, June 13, 2011 9:58 AM

I agree with all of your comment,Mr Weiner must resign

(51) Anita, June 13, 2011 6:46 AM

those without sin....

I agree with Rabbi, Weiner should resign. I'm not sure how we as citizens can "encourage" him to do so, but I have heard vitriol over this man. I have seen and heard him called everything but a white man, so to speak. I grieve for him and his family. Personally, I think we should pray to HaShem for his soul. I don't think he's a bad man, I think he's been caught up in a bunch of garbage that was unintentional for him. Yes he should resign--that much is clear---but to show him to do the right thing, that's harder. He thinks by going into treatment that's the right thing. It isn't. Congressmen tend to think they are above the law, that they can get away with doing whatever they want. I really think it's time that we hold their feet to the fire and take away all their so-called "immunities" against prosecution. But in the meantime, I really think we should pray for this man and his wife. Pray that their marriage heals from this, and pray that he do the right thing.

(50) Curt Ardrey, June 13, 2011 3:41 AM

Salmon

He needs to be out.

(49) Jeannie, June 13, 2011 2:18 AM

Absolutely agree!!!

This behavior broke the commandment about adultery. Lust for someone other than his wife. He should resign. He has sent the wrong message to children.

(48) Anonymous, June 13, 2011 1:13 AM

He has been an active spokesman and a hard worker. I feel that what he has done is between him and his wife and should be left up to his constituents whether or not he resigns.

(47) Saul Pillai, June 13, 2011 12:47 AM

Hate the sin...

I completely agree with you Rabbi. Many will say that everyone has their shortcomings and downfalls and I totally agree. However as Rabbi mentioned Weiner is a representative and hence should portray a genuine sense of morality. All said and done we don’t hate him, just what he has done (hate the sin and not the sinner). All the best to Weiner and his family, it’s definitely not an easy time for them.

(46) Jane Caplan, June 12, 2011 11:18 PM

I absolutely support your opinioin here. What can we , as us citizens do?

What can I do to help with getting this man to resign? I believe he ought to be let go. ASAP.

(45) gerald listokin, June 12, 2011 10:20 PM

resign

to whom much is given, much is expected. his behavior is unacceptable. the worst part, however, is the cover up. lets face it, he looked right at the camera and lied. get help, make amends to your family and get lost.

(44) Sylvia Gonzales, June 12, 2011 9:52 PM

The Weiner has to go

He has impaired judgement and he's a lier.....he needs to go!!!

(43) Anonymous, June 12, 2011 8:57 PM

Ambivalent

I used to agree with Rabbi Aryeh Moshen and Moshe for a long time. After all, what a celebrity/ famous politician does on his own time should be his own business. Who gave the media the right to exploit everyone's skeletons? After careful examination, I now wholeheartedly agree with Rabbi Salomon. Our youth and society looks at these people with a critical eye because they chose that lifestyle. If it were a simple "Ed TV" situation, that would be one thing. This person went into the limelight as a representative and role model for the world and abused his position. Now he even refuses to take responsibility for his actions. Despicable.

(42) Anonymous, June 12, 2011 8:56 PM

I disagree

The only difference between Weiner and all the other congressmen is that he got caught and they didn't. Not one congressman is a role model for anyone. I am more interested in his record of service to the Jewish community. If he acts in our best interests, I want him to stay. Who knows what kind of garbage might replace him?

(41) Ida Rosen, June 12, 2011 8:37 PM

Narcissistic behavior

Yes, he should go, even if it's kicking and screaming. First he lied to the Public, then fessed up. Then there is his Muslim wife, that I feel he married because of Hillary Clinton and to improve his status. If he isn't showing that it's all about him, then I can't understand him at all.

(40) Bill, June 12, 2011 8:17 PM

Come off it

I was disappointed with Weiner's behavior. Our whole society is perverse and of out of bounds in more ways than can be conceived. Sodom was condemned by Gd for many more reasons than sexual perversity. Why do only sexual peculiarity bother you? The problem is that almost no one in Congress is attentive to the people's concerns, even as so many have given up. Corporations and the money and influence of 2% of the population controls just about everything. I don't see you passing judgment about the de-funding and dismantling of government bureaus that do the work of government and enforce the laws on the books and otherwise administer to the society. Go ahead, try to get something done at your City Hall. If you're so concerned Rav Salomon, why don't you run? Unlike so many other members of the religious right (call me the religious center-left) maybe you won't be brought up on crimes and misdemeanors of moral turpitude.

(39) Laurie Julialn, June 12, 2011 7:50 PM

Flasher

What Rep Weiner did is no different than what a flasher who wears a coat and opens it to passerbys does on the street. They get arrested for flashing people. On the internet, there is no way Rep Weiner truly knows who will see him. It is the new way to be a flasher, except now he can flash thousands instead of 1 or 2 people at a time. He is a pervert and should be treated as such

(38) Tommy, June 12, 2011 7:39 PM

behavior is unacceptable.

He had no place in congress at all nothing. I mean nothing. He should be expelled this very day not tomorrow.

(37) Rachel, June 12, 2011 7:34 PM

Chutzpah is rampant INCLUDING among Republicans

1. Anthony Weiner represents constituents in a particular NYC district. He is not my representative. 2. I find it interesting that you're slammng Weiner for stupidity and bad taste. Not a word about Rep. Buchanan (R-FL) who apparently violated campaign laws (yes, that's right, laws, not just standards) to the tune of nearly $70,000. The story is equally topical, having just broken this week. If you're not going to be even-handed in your criticism, you make me wonder if this has more to do with Weiner's political persuasion than with his idiotic and tasteless behavior.

(36) Madeleine, June 12, 2011 7:21 PM

mountains out of molehills

When will our sick invasion of peoples private sex lives stop distracting us and taking precedence over those who rape our nation and the world with their greed. Those irresponsible corporations and billionaires who profit from on going wars and usurpation of our environment to further stuff their coffers.

(35) Anonymous, June 12, 2011 7:15 PM

none of our business

The only people that can tell him or ask him are his constituents He is representing them and not you or me.

(34) Anonymous, June 12, 2011 7:01 PM

I disagree - he's getting help...

Although I do not condone what he did - lie - he is seeking help whether by choice or not - btw 65% of his constituents say they do not believe he should resign - we all make mistakes - I believe everyone deserves a 2nd chance - his wife is pregnant - if he resigns his ability to make a living is slim - he's not a lawyer as many US Congressmen are - Praying that rehab will open his eyes and help his sex addiction - it seems many are quick to judge - have you looked in your own closet lately?

(33) henry, June 12, 2011 6:49 PM

exaggerated importance

Weiner's resignation should be related to his political performance as a legislator, not his private life where no crime is involved. Unfortunately the public is sex obsessed, which overrides all other considerations.There are really important issues that require the public's attention, and Weiner is not one of them.He was elected to do something, not to be somebody. The same circus is being enacted for Dominique Strauss Kahn,there are more important issues than sexual behaviour to occupy people's attention, nuclear disaster in Japan caused by negligent criminal activities of those responsible without mention of their sexual habits is just one of them.

(32) Harriet J. Brown, June 12, 2011 6:47 PM

I respectfully disagree

Once upon a time, there was a great leader of a great nation. At that time, there were no presidents, so he was a king. One day, this king saw this woman, wanted her, had her brought to the palace, impregnated her and had her husband killed. No one asked him to resign. Today, we don't revile him. We honor him. We name children for him. He was King David. What he did was far worse than Anthony Weiner did. Let us not forget. What Anthony Weiner did was stupid, childish and immature. Many have done far worse, and kept their seats. He wasn't even in the room with these women. Whether or not he keeps his seat, should be solely up to his constituents. Otherwise, this is between he and his wife.

Rabbi Steve, June 15, 2011 3:58 AM

Everyone pays the price.

My dear Harriet. Did you forget that David HaMelech, (King David) when confronted by the Prophet Nathan, humbled himself, wept bitterly and repented before HaShem. The price he paid was the death of his firstborn son by BATSHEVA. So far I don't see any humility in Mr. Weiner.

Harriet J. Brown, June 15, 2011 2:50 PM

Yes, there was

Yes, he did show humility at a press conference. His punishment was public humiliation. The profit Nathan confronted King David privately; NEVER in front of his subjects. Besides, Anthony Weiner NEVER caused a death of ANYONE. Does anyone remember the late Senator Edward M (Ted) Kennedy? Some say that he committed pre-meditated murder. Yet, there was no call for him to resign.

(31) Norm, June 12, 2011 6:31 PM

Should Weiner Resign?

Weiner should remain in office for as long as the people of NY choose to keep him there. It will be a constant rerminder of what the liberal policies & mindset are good for producing: strife & heartache. I also notice that the popular press has not breathed a word of the wife's Muslim faith. Big surprise there . . .

(30) Ginger, June 12, 2011 6:03 PM

I know the set. I am divorced and was very angry. I had the same reaction some time ago. Looking back and juxtaposing Weiner's case there is no difference. I totally understand the notion that a person with responsability should give proper example and have even above standard ethics. And it is extremely disgusting when culprits manifest insolence after inappropriate behaviour. I think the first reaction of lying is for the protection of ego and self defense. This results from the shock of being confronted with the reality of having disappointed people who really love or trusted them. How could someone in his right mind hurt others? There is a problem somewhere. That is the root of the problem. If there is manifest insolence then where is humility? where is consciousness of the enormity and ugliness of the act? What are the consequences of improper behaviour by a public figure? The problem is that it's like an advertisement, only one of poor taste. On the other hand, should a faulty representative be kicked out? If he choses to resign no one should say 'stay'. In Biblical History we see that David did not leave the throne after being with another woman and after instigating murder, neither did he confess his acts spontaneously. The difference is when confronted he truly repented and regretted what he had done. He too was not only a political but a spiritual leader. What Weiner did is wrong that's a fact. How much are we ready to forgive might depend on how many stones we should cast at ourselves. Or inspite of all, a leader should be a leader or none at all.

(29) Tim Gluck, June 12, 2011 5:52 PM

Making such a claim is Chutzpah!

We live in a culture inundated with with so many messages transmitted to us through numerous forms of media - media such as this website and this webcast. While we routinely hear of such antisocial behaviour as displayed by this congressman, how can we extrapolate from that that the level of chutzpah we are experiencing in society is actually greater than at any time in the past? What about the millions and millions of ordinary people doing acts of chesed, going to work and operating in a just and ethical way day in and day out that we never hear about? Most people behave properly, Muslims, Christians, Jews and everyone else. What sort of empirical evidence do you present to make such a contention that we live in a world dominated by chutzpah? Truly, it is impossible to make such a claim, and such a claim is chutzpadic in itself. Why don't our leaders, such as you Rabbi, take more time to point out what is right with so much in the world, and try to stop the anxiety that you and others that use media seem to want to perpetuate. Sincerely, F. Tim Gluck, Zurich Switzerland (Jew)

(28) Roy Maduro, June 12, 2011 5:46 PM

Not acceptable

I am not an American, but America is our only example and if this is permitted in America it will go down as a very bad precedent in history..

(27) Bryan Nusbaum, June 12, 2011 5:35 PM

Not my choice

His behavior was not illegal and and only speculatively unethical by the definitions of congress. Given that and he doesn't represent my district or state, the choice of his future status is between he and his constituents. If he were my representative, I would call for his resignation and although I think they should too, it is their choice, not mine.

(26) Daniel, June 12, 2011 5:19 PM

A no-brainer

He is arrogant and a disgrace to Congress. There is no question that this pervert should resign.

(25) tammy, June 12, 2011 5:15 PM

Do the right thing

and step down. ANYONE who can cheat and lie to their spouse, whom they have to look eye to eye everyday wouldn't think twice about lying to John Doe and Susie Q anonymous public. As the morals go so does the nation.

(24) Ryan, June 12, 2011 5:14 PM

Shameful

Weiner represents the US and the district he is from. It is utterly shameful his actions. I am more embarrassed for him than he is himself. I was a CLinton Democrat, for Al Gore, thought John McCain was a terrible candidate and I wonder where my party went. Odd as it seems to me, the conservatives are the only ones who support Israel. . .

(23) SusanE, June 12, 2011 4:41 PM

He's a Bum. He'll try to get out of it.

He is a representative of the people. He is unethical, a liar, and a cheat. He will also now try to justify what he did to keep his license to practice. He still has no ethics. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There are many other politicians in office who are Likewise. Governers likewise. - Presidents, likewise. Remember the TV evangelists, likewise? - They are liars, cheats, immoral and unethical in their political duties and in their personal lives.. They cover up their deeds and then lie when caught. Then they throw it at us, and lie and ask forgiveness.. Sorry, but the old tale is so true. Once a cheater...always a cheater....... likewise, once a a Liar, likewise unethical conduct begats unethical conduct, likewise, immoral conduct. Currently he, Edwards, Swartzenegger, and at least 40 others in recent times, who were caught lying and cheating, and for tax evasion, and for perversion, and for drugs and alcohol, were running for office or in office. Not to mention other world leaders who are just horrible men.. No men of such bad character gets that far without others who surround them with the cover-ups. I haven't mentioned any women politicians. I want to be fair and not mention only the men. Have many women politicans disgraced themselves?

(22) Anonymous, June 12, 2011 3:54 PM

At times I hear someone say, "it's his private life". Well, his private becomes part of society's life once he's revealed it and confessed it. I feel he should stop trying to rationalize his behavior and use his courage to step down as a poster boy to improper representation.

(21) Anonymous, June 12, 2011 3:52 PM

He must resign

Anthony Weiner's mother is not Jewish. Unless his mother or Anthony Weiner converted he is not Jewish. He should resign out of respect for his position. Over the years, I found him to be over the top in his conduct in Congress. He never treated his opposition with respect and acted like a spoiled child. Now he is continuing this kind of attitude by not resigning. He thinks he is entitled to this position which he is not. Rather than trying to heal his family and himself he wants recognition and pursues false values.

(20) Anonymous, June 12, 2011 3:51 PM

I agree with Rabbi 100%.

This is what our children are seeing. Some people are laughing it up. Weiner should be fired on the spot, enough already replace him and move on.

(19) Anonymous, June 12, 2011 3:46 PM

Weiner is a big supporter of Israel (aside from the fact that he married a Muslim) - but this disgrace goes beyond politics. Step down now!

(18) Harry Pearle, June 12, 2011 3:43 PM

Congressman Made Up of Real People with Faults Like Us All!

I have mixed feelings about Rep.Weiner continuing on. Yes, he is a great embarrassment. But on the other hand, all our representatives are l human. They are not elected as paragons of virtue, as elite members of a priestly class................ Think of Rep.Gabbie Giffords, with her disability. Should she return to Congress? Perhaps, if she does, she will remind us all of our own weaknesses and disabilities. THANKS/Harry@RochesterNY

(17) Carl, June 12, 2011 3:21 PM

How About David Vitter?

David Vitter, Republican, was PROMOTED after being arrested for patronizing prostitutes. Yet this seems to be OK. Why oh why do right wing Jews delight in taking down a fellow Jew? THAT IS WHY WE LOST THE TEMPLE!

David S. Levine, June 16, 2011 10:38 AM

Vitter WAs NEVER Arrested

Senator Vitter was never arrested for any offense, never used Federal facilities in an offensive manner and was forgiven by his wife seven years before his indiscretions became public. Congressman Anthony Weiner did use Federal facilities offensively and has, throughout his public career conducted himself in a disgustingly offensive manner. The fact that in his gerrymandered Democ-rat district all he could get was 58% of the vote last time shows that the voters were beginning to catch on to him. If he doesn't go the Legislature will cut up his district because New York is losing two congressmen due to the left wing policies of that state causing so many residents to leave it.

(16) Anonymous, June 12, 2011 3:16 PM

It's HASHEM, not karma

"We all get we deserve. It's called Cause and Effect." No, it's called HASHEM's justice, which Congressman Weiner will receive either in this world or the next. Especially because he's a Jew who has done Chillul Hashem.

(15) Wayne, June 12, 2011 3:16 PM

Weiner was wrong for multiple reasons

Weiner did the behavior and if he had not been a Congress person it then might have been just between him and his wife, but he is a Congress person and he lied to his constituents thereby losing all further credibility. That wasn't enough. He also lied in an attempt to destroy another person by accusing them of hacking his Twitter account when he knew it had never been hacked and he had done what he was accused of. He then stayed on without resigning when he knew even worse details and pictures were coming. Mr. Weiner is an example of what is wrong with America today. It is not so much that Mr Weiner is a fool. There have been other fools and will be more fools to come. It is that many voting fools think this kind of behavior is acceptable and see no reason why someone of his caliber cannot serve as a representative of the people. Mr. Weiner is unfit to serve in any public office at any level. We will not get better as a nation unless we demand better of those who run this nation. And yes we all have skeletons in our closets, but when we are so foolish as to post our skeletons on the net they are no longer in the closet. All voters from every areas of America have a right to demand minimal behavior from anyone who serves in public office. Once those standards are met then the voters from each district can chose from those fit to serve who will represent them. It is not just between Mr. Weiner and the voters who elected him. All Americans have a stake in this. Mr. Weiner's behavior made him unfit for public office. No one else is to blame. He should have resigned long ago.

(14) Rami, June 12, 2011 2:54 PM

Wyner should not resign

There is no reason that Wyner should resign. His behaviour may not be appropiate, but probably he can blame his mother who told all his childhood " How beautiful he was and how proud she was of him" Can you blame him for wanting to share this with others than his mother?

(13) Rabbi Hadassah Ryklin, June 12, 2011 2:47 PM

He must resign. His behavior is ABSOLUTELY not acceptable. He brought shame not only on himself and his family, but on all the Jews. As French say,"Nobless oblige" or your position obligates you to certain norm of behavior.

(12) Jerry Russo, June 12, 2011 2:47 PM

I agree with one exception

I agree 100 %, but disagree that he should be held to a higher standard, we should ALL be held to one standard, morally correct.

(11) Susan Davis, June 12, 2011 2:31 PM

We are living in a society that has lost it's anchor

Dear Rabbi, In an ideal world what you say is very true. I was always idealistic until the last few years, in my fifties. I see people have very big egos that they have trouble or are not aware that they must tame. The arguments , I hear for this man is - "so many of leaders have this flaw". Ego-power equals distortion in thought. People are calloused and so removed from values by being bombarded with the lack of morals in society. So what to do? Choose your own world carefully. Fill it with quality people, humble, as this weeks parsha teaches. Very sad case , I feel as if we are living in Roman times, many people are lost, they have no roots in G-d. Chutzpah, yes, but it is not recognized as such. I pray that the world will change for the good right now. Thank you.

(10) Anonymous, June 12, 2011 2:29 PM

so what else is new?

Dave Barry coined a term for it: LIBF, or "Lust Induced Brain Freeze". A common affliction of males, politicians or not. They're so busy obsessing about s*x it's a wonder anything gets done at all. Should he resign? Sure, along with all the others. Will he resign? Depends on his chutzpah rating, his seems to be pretty high.

(9) Anonymous, June 12, 2011 2:28 PM

Unacceptable

What is also unacceptable is President Obama's call fro the return of Israel's borders to the pre-1967 status. Unacceptable, too, is the relatively few congressmen who did not protest President Obama's call to pre-1967 borders. Acceptable. very, is Representative Weiner's very vocal objections to President Obama's position on Israel..

(8) Anonymous, June 12, 2011 2:22 PM

We can not judge him as far as his personal life is concerned but he clearly has to address his problems. He should just resign and focus on resolving his problems. The country has too many problems and needs people who are better fit to be in the office.

(7) Allan, June 12, 2011 2:17 PM

I also disagree

When Charles Rangel can get away with stealing from the taxpayers, why then is a double standard inpossed on Weiner? Bill Clinton had a fine time in the Oval Office and survived and is still respected by many. I don't condone his actions but why is he the target of everyones wrath? Unless laws were broken, this should be an issue between Weiner and his wife and the voters in his district.

(6) R. Ofir, June 12, 2011 1:59 PM

Weiner must resign.

1. Weiner did not repent! His was a false repentance, submitted because he had no other choice. His hubris was his downfall. He would have continued lying had the truth not forced him to admit his culpability. He shamed his office, and his constituents. Pointing to the bad behavior of others does not justify his bad behaviour. Hopefully, the age of tolerance for such behavior has seen it's day.

(5) Jonathan Cymberknopf, June 12, 2011 1:52 PM

He should resign

I totally agree with the Rabbi for a change. Weiner who is a Jew and is married to a Muslim, has always been on the wrong side fo the issues and defacto self hating jew. He is the most liberal member of Congress and I for one am happy he is getting what he deserves. We all get what we deserve, It's called Cause and effect.

Richard, June 13, 2011 12:47 AM

Weiner is not a self-hating Jew

Congressman Weiner is one of the strongest supporters of israel in the US Congress. His positions are also generally consistent with Jewish teachings on compassion, justice, and helping the poor and the stranger.

Anonymous, June 14, 2011 6:13 PM

Weiner is a problem

Weiner MUST resign. He shows incredibly bad judgement; he is being led around by the wrong head and the whole world can see how childish and narcissistic he is. If he is representative of American Jewry, then we're in trouble. You go ahed and gratify yourself Mr Weiner. Just don't do it as a member of the government of the United States of America.

Anonymous, June 16, 2011 10:45 AM

Weiner Funds Haters of Israel

This "strong supporter of Israel" voted to keep on funding NPR and PBS. Both these entities are hotbeds of Israel hatred. Whenever Republicans attempt to defund them all the Democ-rats of Jewish origin who claim to be "strong supporters of Israel," particularly Anthony Weiner, vote to protect them. The two things to despise about Anthony Weiner, and most Democrats who claim to support Israel, is their face.

(4) moshe, June 12, 2011 1:31 PM

i disagree, the only thing he did wrong was lie

This is between weiner and his partner. Everyone else should mind their own business. Everyone has skeletons in their closets...

Anonymous, June 12, 2011 3:37 PM

It is the public's business!!!!

Not everyone is a public figure, representing a whole state! If he cannot be honest with his spouse, how can we expect any kind of honesty from this "man"!

Elana, June 12, 2011 6:31 PM

Lie is still a lie

The only thing he did wrong was lie? Is that not enough? At least admit to the truth and move on about it. And also, celebs and people in public office do not really have private lives. This is the path they chose for themselves...for fame, money, etc. They know the consequences of their private lives and misbehaviors will be huge...because they are in the public eye. If Joe Shmoe did it it would be one thing...but it wasn't some person. It was a public figure.

Anonymous, June 12, 2011 10:34 PM

Nobody should have anything to say about what he does in his own time. It is nobody's business.

moshe, June 14, 2011 6:06 PM

the "only" thing

i'm sorry that was unclear. i disagree w/r' solomon's reasoning that weiner should resign b/c he chose to share pics of himself, that's not our business. i agree he could resign for lieing (but most politicians lie and most arent resigning or being impeached... how come schwartzenegger's name hasnt come up in these comments?)

(3) Stephen Hirsch, June 12, 2011 1:17 PM

I disagree as well

This was none of anyone's business but the Congressman, his electronic paramours and his wife. AFAIK he was doing this on his own time with his own money. Just like the Lewinsky scandal, no one should have known about it.

Daniel, June 12, 2011 5:24 PM

Huh?

He represents Congress and is a pervert. It is everyone's business. How stupid can a person be?

Anonymous, June 14, 2011 6:07 PM

the norm

most ppl are, u just dont know abt it

(2) RALPH, June 12, 2011 1:16 PM

Behavior that is not acceptable.

(1) Rabbi Aryeh Moshen, June 12, 2011 12:49 PM

I disagree

If Weiner should resign, then a good number of our presidents, senators, and other congressmen should have been thrown out. I don't remember seeing multiple calls for the ouster of Ted Kennedy on this site. His actions were much, much worse than Anthony Wiener's. Although I disagree with many of Weiner's choices and stances he has been a firm friend of Israel and has strong ties to many Orthodox Jews. This is a time when we need as many powerful friends as we can have in congress. If you want to send a message, send a message that good people can do foolish things and that they may repent.

Anonymous, June 12, 2011 5:25 PM

Huh?

Yes, he can repent and resign.

 

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