Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I Joined "The Jewish Home Party"

For the first time in a long, long time, I'm a member of a political party. Along with 20,000 others, I coughed up the membership fee (something like 39 NIS) and signed up. The reason for doing so is to try strengthen the religious character of the party. As much as I admire the work of the Jewish Home's secular MK, Ayelet Shaked, and in my opinion she has done a spectacular job, I don't want the successor of the National Religious Party to turn into an immitation of the Likud.


yaak said...

You are entitled to your opinion, even though I disagree with it.

Even Moshe Feiglin finally realized that trying to change a secular-leaning party from within to try to make it more religious is an exercise in futility.

In addition, those who consider their rabbis' opinions as mere suggestions are liable to consider the Torah's commandments as mere suggestions. There is little hope for a party like that.

Let's instead strengthen those parties who take their rabbis' advice seriously. When Ketzele led Ichud Leumi, he took rabbis' advice seriously. The current BY leader, as good of a PR guy as he is (and I'll admit that he is very good at that), doesn't seem to follow Torah-based advice - he does his own thing.

There are many Torah-based alternatives - why try to be Mekarev the incorrigible?

Cosmic X said...

I do not think that Moshe Feiglin was trying to make to Likud more religious. He was an idealogue, and was trying to instill his ideals (which were not necessarily relgious) in the Likud.

One of the things that Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan mentioned is that the Jewish Home party has improved in the area that you cited, i.e. listening to rabbis. They now have a council of rabbis that they consult with which includes Rabbis Chaim Druckman, Tzefanya Drori, Zalman Melamed among others. Rabbi Ben-Dahan mentioned that so far the Party has follwoed the council's decisions 100%.
(I think that Bennett may have gotten the message after what happened in the Jerusalem Municipality elections and the election of the Chief Rabbis.)

Who I vote for in the general elections depends upon the platforms presented and the people making up the lists.

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