“Israelis are red-state Jews. American Jews are blue-state — politically liberal in their outlook”

How America’s Jews Learned to Be Liberal
by Steven R. Weisman
August 18, 2018

The liberalism of most American Jews has long confounded American Jewish neoconservatives like Norman Podhoretz, who asserts that it is illogical for American Jews to embrace the welfare state, and the taxes to pay for it, given their comfortable economic status. Jews, he has argued, mistakenly think that social justice is rooted in the Torah and other Jewish teachings, such as “tikkun olam,” a Hebrew phrase meaning “repairing the world.”  If tikkun olam is central to Judaism, Mr. Podhoretz asked, why do Orthodox American Jews, whose numbers are growing, reliably vote conservative now? That wasn’t always true. READ MORE

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