Blue and White: Shmuel Sackett

Shavuos? Never Heard Of It!

Way back in the mid-1980s, I was spending Shavuos in Staten Island, and Rabbi Jay Marcus, now the...

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If the World Zionist Elections were Olympic performances, two Orthodox slates would walk to the podium to accept the bronze and silver medals. Just 1,675 votes separated these two honors with the Orthodox Israeli Coalition – Mizrachi coming in as the runner up with 21,698 votes just ahead of Eretz HaKodesh, with each voting bloc taking well over 15 percent of the collective votes. This overwhelming success is due to all those who encouraged their friends and families to partake in the election, and continuously shared the array of media and video content by SMS, WhatsApp, and across their social media platforms. It has emerged that American Jews, especially younger voters, are now expressing their Jewish affiliation in more traditional manners. It is your commitment to preserving the sanctity of the Land of Israel and its Jewish character that was the ultimate catalyst for the general triumph of Orthodox World Jewry.

Last week, as the nation celebrated the anniversary of her independence, a stark difference arose amongst her occupants. The most patriotic day of the year was marred with partisan divisiveness, as had so many days before. What began years ago as two sides of a political aisle having vigorous debates on issues such as tax rates, healthcare policy, and the southern border has morphed into a binary choice: love America or hate America.

Much negative talk has been directed at the Affordable Care Act, or the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, from the Republican Congress as they tried to repeal it some 50 times. The ACA’s rollout through the government website was disastrous, and according to the Inspector General’s report, the total cost of the website reached $1.7 billion. Also, for years after it went into effect, its insurance policy premiums were going up substantially along with its deductible amounts, and choice of carriers for certain states were becoming fewer as different insurance companies were dropping out of those markets.

After the horrific massacre of innocents at the hands of not one, but two mass shooters last week, the nation had the opportunity to use the moment to come together. One shooting was by a white supremacist, the other by an Antifa-supporting socialist. While there is still a deep divide on how to address the problem, everyone should have banded together to universally condemn white supremacy and Antifa violence. That didn’t happen because there are too many who are willing to stand on the graves of the dead to score political points against President Trump.

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