Judaism's Guidelines for Voting

4 guidelines the Torah gives for choosing great leaders.

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(14) Anonymous, November 2, 2020 4:31 AM

Election of our leaders-example from Moses

Exodus 18:21 21 But select capable men(A) from all the people—men who fear(B) God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain(C)—and appoint them as officials(D) over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. For US Presidential Election 2020 and any other elections, this is a Mosaic model. - Exercise your privilege to vote by sincerity knowing ABCD A- Capable man B-God fearing man C-Trustworthy man D-man who hate dishonest gain

(13) Feigele, August 15, 2016 6:29 PM

Not So!

The Torah is as much Democratic as birds can fly. Because it gives you directions in life, so you are saying directions are not Democratic? No one is putting a gun at your head, you don’t have to follow these directions if you don’t want to. It’s your own choice. That’s Democracy. Over thousandths of years the leaders took many different title names. Moise didn’t force anyone to follow him and the Torah, people were free to choose which way they wanted to go. That was their way to vote--as in Democracy. There are many forms of Monarchy. Constitutional Monarchy doesn’t give all powers to the King, which means other people have to make decisions too. People needed a leader, Samuel seeing the people’s distress and confusion made the decision to appoint one. G-d might have guided his choice. In those times they called him a King whose powers were maybe limited too. We call our King a President whose powers are also limited. Torah is Freedom, Freedom is Democracy even in times of Kings. Politics and Religions are two different issues although they are both based on the Bible and the Rights of Men.

(12) Joey, August 7, 2016 6:58 PM

I don't know how things are going in South Africa, but I don't think Hillary or Donald display ANY of these qualities.
Mosiach? It'd be a good time for you to come now.

(11) JP, August 6, 2016 7:09 AM


Oh the irony in your message. Rabbi, really? Someone of your understanding?

Let me ask you something. A democracy, where does it come from? Not from the Torah. The Torah is closer to a monarchy than anything else. The people in the dessert did not vote for their leaders, there was no voting for anything.

Samuel appointed a King over Israel, not a ruling party. Who told Samuel who the King should be? In a democracy you can express your own beliefs, pray to idols of your choosing, stand for anything that contradicts the holiness of the Torah.

Israel is a holy nation, their Torah is a holy book, and Hashem is their King. Get your guidelines from the Torah, fine, but don't speak about the Torah as if it even remotely supports a democracy or expressing your own rights and beliefs.

It's because of this that the nations don't fear Hashem. You can vote for a party, but at the end of the day, Hashem will establish and Hashem will break down.

"There is neither wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against Hashem. The horse is readied for the day of battle, but salvation is Hashem's." - Proverbs 21:30-31.

(10) Feigele, August 6, 2016 12:05 AM

Only time will tell!

We won’t really know these people until after they are in office. Only then, will we be able to judge their ability, sincerity, integrity and their actions in front of our enemies. Years ago, we didn't question the character of a candidate because of lack of information thru the media and TV/internet. Today, too much right/wrong info is invading our homes and thus, we are unable to make the right choices, there will always be some right and some wrong. Four guidelines is not enough to judge anyone of their capacity. There is always the element of the surprise!

(9) Millie Lieberman, August 5, 2016 8:54 PM

Torah give us guidelines for voting!

Thank you Rabbi for reminding us it's all in Torah if we will only search it's wisdom! Shabbat Shalom from Colorado!

(8) Anonymous, August 5, 2016 6:08 PM

Very Well Said

Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi! :) Very well said. Also some things to consider in our own lives regardless of position.

(7) Danny M, August 5, 2016 3:13 AM

Hard to find

The last president that displayed those qualities was Ronald Reagan.

LarryB, August 5, 2016 11:21 AM

You have to chose

I liked ROnald Regan very much when the media hated him. And, just like the current " the sky is falling" push by the media he was going to blow up the world with nukes. This is the easiest election I have had to choose from two candidates, yet there are many who cannot see the glaring differences. Here is a hint, the Rabbi did not say vote for the candidate who meets all four qualifications. One of our choices doesn't meet any of them and is protected by the media. Not voting is a choice. It is a vote for the person that wins.

(6) Anonymous, August 4, 2016 8:40 PM

I would love to follow the statements made by Rabbi

........ but can you find any major Party Leaders ?? Anywhere anywhere that meant all your criteria???

(5) Samm, August 4, 2016 8:31 PM

Impossible Choice

2016 choices are unbearable and impossible I refuse to honor either candidate. These potential leaders are unfit to lead our country. They are deceitful, unworthy, biased, selfish, self-centered (not for the people), dishonest, greedy, relish power and many more undesirable traits.
I cannot chose either. Yes, I will vote for other canditdates and although i would prefer a write in, I know that person would not have a chance at winning.
I heard a woman ask this question on NPR..."What happens if one of the presidential candidates dies?"

(4) Stephanie, August 4, 2016 1:51 PM

No one on the ballot meets the criteria

Shalom Rabbi and thank you for those powerful words of Torah Wisdom.

If we have the opportunity to vote for a person who has those qualities then we definitely should vote for that person, but what do we do if both candidates fail to meet even one of the criteria? Do we vote, as they say, for the lesser of the two evils or do we abstain from voting?

Thank you for your consideration and for your wise counsel.

Dvirah, August 4, 2016 6:12 PM

You've Got My Vote

Exactly what I was thinking throughout the video!

(3) NoGodFearingCandidates, August 4, 2016 1:48 PM

If only we had them...

Those are great criteria. Too bad we don't have candidates in the USA to fit them.

(2) Harold Golden PhD, August 4, 2016 1:27 PM


This elimanties Hillary and Trump , now what?

(1) Louis, August 4, 2016 1:27 PM

What do we do now?

The way I see it , that lets out the two major candidates we have in the coming November election. What to do now?


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