Conservative Values and Orthodox Judaism

The growing community leans ever more towards political conservatism.

During the run-up to the dramatic election just concluded, I was invited to attend an event to meet the Republican National Committee’s recently appointed director of faith engagement, Chad Connelly. In the course of his presentation that afternoon, Mr. Connelly remarked that he did not understand how anybody who believed in the principles of biblical morality could possibly vote for the Democrats, as presently constituted.


The American system of government is predicated upon the assumption that there is a civil society consisting primarily of self-disciplined, self-restrained people, adhering to a broadly agreed set of moral principles inculcated not through any act of government, but rather through private, religious institutions.

Though the Founding Fathers, prudently and shrewdly building on their experiences and knowledge of the English system, refused to establish any particular religion, they nonetheless recognized the vital nature of religion in ordering men’s affairs. For example, John Adams, the second president of the United States, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a Moral and Religious People. We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.” Because such a government would be, inevitably, a totalitarian police state.

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Why inner city students have no choice

Recently my daughter was married by a Roman Catholic Bishop who was our former pastor and with whom our family has a close relationship. So at the reception I had no problem venting my strong feelings about the NY Archdiocese due to the closing of inner city parochial schools on Staten Island. I had sent all my children to one and my grandchildren were students affected by the closure.

Many of the students were poor children from the Stapleton projects sent there through great personal sacrifice by parents unwilling to send them to the public school with the worst record on the Island. Even my Muslim neighbors sent them to this school for the same reason. I continued venting angrily about our current Archbishop whom I felt was responsible for the closings and reminded the Bishop that parochial schools were established to provide education to the poorest families.

Yet the closings decimated practically all the only options for inner city children to succeed. The Bishop (whom I won’t name to preserve his privacy) listened quietly to my rant and then explained exactly what the problem was which made me realize how stupid I’d been for forgetting how things worked here.

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