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Brooklyn, NY - Prominent Orthodox Jewish Leader Defends Hosting Anthony Weiner

Published on: August 8, 2013 05:45 PM
By: VIN News By Rabbi Yair Hoffman
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(Shimon Giftter-VINnews.com)Brooklyn, NY - Prominent Orthodox Jewish leader Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger on Thursday defended welcoming mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner to his home in Flatbush, with representatives of the Orthodox Jewish community.

Rabbi Yair Hoffman who attended the meeting interviewed Rabbi Weinberger about the upcoming election, and the difficulties involved when someone who may be good for the Jewish community has repeatedly demonstrated morally repulsive behavior.

Rabbi Hoffman: Most of our readers will certainly surmise the difficult situation you are in.  On the one hand, Anthony Weiner’s track record in helping both Israel as well as the needs of the Jewish community are sterling and are way beyond those of the other candidates. Yet, on the other hand, the strange behaviors he has exhibited that precipitated his fall and in the aftermath, make it extraordinarily difficult to endorse him.  What was it that made you decide to host this event where Anthony Weiner would meet representatives of the Jewish press?

Rabbi Weinberger:  The overarching reason, of course, boils down to hakaras hatov.  There were a number of issues in which the Torah community needed some serious assistance, sometimes involving Pikuach Nefesh issues.  Not only did Anthony Weiner come up to bat, but, often - he was the very first.  When he made the request that I host this meeting, how could I have said, “no?”

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YH:  I understand, I recall the time when there were kiruv workers who were working for the Vaad l’hatzolas nidchei Yisroel that were caught in the middle of a war between Russia and Georgia.  Anthony got the State Department to call the Russians to give them safe passage.
GW:  Yes, but there was much more than that too.  He was the first to try to help Rubashkin, Jonathan Pollard, and when one of the Rebbes needed assistance too.

YH: But still, are you not afraid of the Chilul Hashem factor – here is someone associated with Agudah, who is hosting a candidate who has done some mushchasdika behavior?  A behavior that the entire world’s press is pouncing upon.

GW: Yes, I am particularly sensitive to that. As I stated in the beginning of the session, I came here as a private individual not representing any of my organizational affiliations, and secondly it was not an endorsement- it was just acceding to a request for a venue.

But there are two additional issues here.  Firstly, out of plain hakaras hatov for saving Yidden, I needed to do this for him.  Secondly, after all is said and done – the other candidates are not much better than him in terms of behaviors, and he has just been so helpful to meeting the needs of our communities.

YH: At the session, Larry Gordon, publisher of the Five Towns Jewish Times, asked Mr. Weiner, “What would you do when you are mayor and your New York City school chancellor is caught doing the same things that you had done?” Mr. Weiner answered that he would investigate whether it would in any way affect the children or how he performed at his job and decide based solely on that criterion.  What are your thoughts on his answer?

GW: It was a very good question, and it was a politically appropriate answer.

YH: Do you think that the Jewish community will eventually come around to giving him its support?

GW: I think that they will. 

YH:  If the incidents of the past two years or so did not happen, would you have endorsed Mr. Weiner?

GW:  Absolutely, and without qualm or qualification.

YH: Do you think that he will in the future show better judgement?

GW: Yes I do. But remember, we must separate his private life from his public life in office.  In his track record as a civil servant for decades, he has been impeccable.  He has never been accused of any wrongdoing either in terms of favors for people or financially – which cannot be said for the other candidates. 

At the end of the day it will be a judgement call as to whether the decision will be based upon the political issues and his presentation of his new ideas for New York or the personal issues.

When it comes to issues such as the fair and equal treatment of private schools, security, housing, employment equality he has a sterling record - he has proven himself as far as his qualifications are concerned as the best person both for New York City as well as for our community.



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 Aug 08, 2013 at 06:00 PM sane Says:

Did they ask Weiner for his views on Metzitza B'peh?

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 06:03 PM Maven Says:

Mamash i don't get it.
When openly gay candidates and candidates who make the gay marriage a major issue are hosted by frum Jewish organizations they don't defend themselves why they hosted those candidates. Those kind of candidates who live a morally repulsive degenerate lifestyle will have a huge effect on the Jewish community.But still we will host them.
And Menuval Weiner whos lifestyle will not have an effect on anyone we need to defend why he was hosted....???
Don't take me wrong Weiner is a huge degenerate but nothing more than Quinn.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 06:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Based on this definition of hakoras hatov I would assume when Hillary becomes president she will be the main speaker during davening at the Agudah convention.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 06:10 PM mit-seichel Says:

Reb Gedaliah,

I know you personally and generally respect you, but you cannot "separate" a leader's character from his public duties. He is always in the news and a leader in our children's eyes. If he showed repeated horrible judgment and continued it after resigning, the man has zero character - he didn't just make mistakes - and is shameless. And he has no benefit of doubt that should make us assume that he won't act inappropriately in the future.

I don't care what he did or didn't do for Jewish causes when it was politically expedient for him. You can never trust such a person to do what's right when he faces a difficult situation. Also, to say that the other mayoral candidates engaged in similarly repugnant behavior is plainly false. You can perhaps make an argument about Quinn, but not about any of the rest.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 06:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Exactly one year from the agudah making such a Kiddush hashem at met life stadium they now make an even bigger chillul hashem by giving a platform to a Jew who proudly talks about his intermarriage.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 06:20 PM Mordechai-Menachem Says:

I attended the meeting. Rabbi Weinberger spoke of the time Shlichim from the Vaad Lhatzalas Nidchei Yisroel were stuck in Aszerbaizan with an approaching invading Russian army 10 miles away. Sakonas Nefashos for sure. Weiner was the elected official to step forward with assistance and connections to and from the State Department. Hakaras Hatov.
When a planeload of Frummer touched down in JFK moments before Shabbos,it was his office who got them out in minutes to spend Shabbos in the airport with food donated by the Chessed of Queens Yidden. Hakoras Hatov. When Rav Shteineman was stuck at an airport in Albany coming from Toronto to a Torah Umesora convention and was being held by an antisemitic border officer who had him standing for close to a hour ,who got on the horn? Hakoras Hatov. Who made sure that every Pesach Pollard had kosher food for Yom Tov?Who was the first elected to step forward to help Rubashkin?. Hakoras Hatov.
Who helped get the Mais Mitzva from South America when red tape and indifference prevented the release? Kakoras Hatov. Who secured the hangar in Queens for the Bobover Chasuna? Hakoras Hatov! Security $ .We asked, he answered.NU? I think we should be grateful

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 06:45 PM yosher Says:

Reply to #7  
Mordechai-Menachem Says:

I attended the meeting. Rabbi Weinberger spoke of the time Shlichim from the Vaad Lhatzalas Nidchei Yisroel were stuck in Aszerbaizan with an approaching invading Russian army 10 miles away. Sakonas Nefashos for sure. Weiner was the elected official to step forward with assistance and connections to and from the State Department. Hakaras Hatov.
When a planeload of Frummer touched down in JFK moments before Shabbos,it was his office who got them out in minutes to spend Shabbos in the airport with food donated by the Chessed of Queens Yidden. Hakoras Hatov. When Rav Shteineman was stuck at an airport in Albany coming from Toronto to a Torah Umesora convention and was being held by an antisemitic border officer who had him standing for close to a hour ,who got on the horn? Hakoras Hatov. Who made sure that every Pesach Pollard had kosher food for Yom Tov?Who was the first elected to step forward to help Rubashkin?. Hakoras Hatov.
Who helped get the Mais Mitzva from South America when red tape and indifference prevented the release? Kakoras Hatov. Who secured the hangar in Queens for the Bobover Chasuna? Hakoras Hatov! Security $ .We asked, he answered.NU? I think we should be grateful

Given Wiener's circumstances, Hakoras Hatov is expressed as no condemnation...NOT by association nor endorsement.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 06:38 PM MaxaMillion Says:

If you want to show this opportunistic menuval hakaros hatov you can do it in private. Don't sit at a public meeting with him and have pictures taken. A shonda and a boosha.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 07:03 PM lostinCA Says:

if his personal shortcomings affect his ability to lead the city, then dump him. if it doesn't, who cares.
Jimmy Carter ym"sh is a paragon of moral behaivor. one marriage, church every sunday, building homes for homeless. yet he's a 1st class shmuck, anti-semite, etc.
Ronald Reagan was married twice, messed around in his younger years, and the best friend for klal yisroel in decades.

For new yorkers, david dinkins is a mensh, gracious, a true gentleman. rudy giuliani is a womanizer, brash, foul mouthed, adulterer. and who did a better job? who really cared about the city, our communities? who stood up when it mattered and who dithered when an entire frum community was under siege?

we have to support the candidates that will help us, and forget about what they do in their personal lives.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 06:58 PM victorg Says:

Weiner is married to a Moslem with strong ties to militant Islamist groups. A win for Weiner would thrust his wife into the political forefront just as Bill Clinton's office thrust his wife.

So for all the good that Weiner might have done in the past it is not worth the risk of electing him, even if he weren't a sick perverted liar

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 06:55 PM Anonymous Says:

He has brought shame to the Jewish people. I am sick of explaining to my teenage sons what he did was wrong. They saw him as a role model and want to follow in his footsteps.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 07:06 PM hesder Says:

Reply to #1  
sane Says:

Did they ask Weiner for his views on Metzitza B'peh?

I'm still waiting for the answer to #1 about Metzitza b'Twitter...

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 07:26 PM mit-seichel Says:

follow up: In simple English, when someone chooses to hold a PUBLIC position, and engages in reprehensible behavior, especially on a PUBLIC online forum, he no longer can have "private life" as a defense.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 08:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
lostinCA Says:

if his personal shortcomings affect his ability to lead the city, then dump him. if it doesn't, who cares.
Jimmy Carter ym"sh is a paragon of moral behaivor. one marriage, church every sunday, building homes for homeless. yet he's a 1st class shmuck, anti-semite, etc.
Ronald Reagan was married twice, messed around in his younger years, and the best friend for klal yisroel in decades.

For new yorkers, david dinkins is a mensh, gracious, a true gentleman. rudy giuliani is a womanizer, brash, foul mouthed, adulterer. and who did a better job? who really cared about the city, our communities? who stood up when it mattered and who dithered when an entire frum community was under siege?

we have to support the candidates that will help us, and forget about what they do in their personal lives.

I agreed with your comment until you claimed that dinkins was a mentch. He was an arrogant little piece of garbage

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 08:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Agudah's politics are just as questionable as Weiner's, never mind comparing how low you can go.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 09:02 PM menachemwh Says:

I agree we should show hakaros hatov. I just do not buy it when it comes to Agudas Yisrael. The same organization who shows no respect to fellow Jews, Modern orthodox Rabbanim even Gedolim like Rav Soloveitchick ZTL

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 08:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
victorg Says:

Weiner is married to a Moslem with strong ties to militant Islamist groups. A win for Weiner would thrust his wife into the political forefront just as Bill Clinton's office thrust his wife.

So for all the good that Weiner might have done in the past it is not worth the risk of electing him, even if he weren't a sick perverted liar

yes, voting for wiener would give militant islamists a podium.\

just how big an idiot are you?

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 09:53 PM Bluebekitche Says:

Not a single parent would trust him to baby-sit their kids for 4 minutes however we can trust him with all the issues for NYC for 4 years!
Mr Weiner get a kosher phone
Get a nose job
Get the hell out of NY

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 09:55 PM Oh vay Says:

Rav Avigdor miller zt"l said rather vote for a sonei Yisroel than a mushchas, no one can harm klall Yisroel " Leiv meluchim visurim byad Hashem" versus a person with evil hashkufous brings down the whole moral v'hamaven yuvin....

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 11:17 PM charliehall Says:

"Anthony Weiner’s track record in helping both Israel as well as the needs of the Jewish community are sterling and are way beyond those of the other candidates."

Actually Weiner's record of support for Israel, while good, was no different from 500 other members of Congress in any given year. The other candidates have not held national office, and local governments aren't permitted to have their own foreign policies. In short, Weiner's past support for Israel is irrelevant.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 11:23 PM Deja Vu? Says:

Reply to #20  
Bluebekitche Says:

Not a single parent would trust him to baby-sit their kids for 4 minutes however we can trust him with all the issues for NYC for 4 years!
Mr Weiner get a kosher phone
Get a nose job
Get the hell out of NY

BBS, your last statement reminds me of the G'peigerteh Machsheifoh Helen Thomas.
I doubt that you intended this.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 11:26 PM Avrohomk Says:

The entire world is laughing at Weiner and the fact that he is still in the race. In the public's eye anyone associating with him condones his actions. A Torah Jew can not vote for anyone who is publicly an immoral individual. Using words like hakoras hatov doesnt make you look frum or right it is just a poor excuse for not standing up for truth and morality which is what the Nation who is Light to the Nations is supposed to be.

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 12:02 AM IJK12 Says:

Reply to #2  
Maven Says:

Mamash i don't get it.
When openly gay candidates and candidates who make the gay marriage a major issue are hosted by frum Jewish organizations they don't defend themselves why they hosted those candidates. Those kind of candidates who live a morally repulsive degenerate lifestyle will have a huge effect on the Jewish community.But still we will host them.
And Menuval Weiner whos lifestyle will not have an effect on anyone we need to defend why he was hosted....???
Don't take me wrong Weiner is a huge degenerate but nothing more than Quinn.

You make a good point! But to say " whos lifestyle will not have an effect on anyone" is a little far fetching because at the end of the day, there is a percentage of people that do take notice of these type of matters and yes, it does have a somewhat (Negative) effect and would say - or rather think - If its OK for a person in this position of office to do... Then I can get away with much worse then...!

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 12:30 AM LionofZion Says:

Reply to #10  
lostinCA Says:

if his personal shortcomings affect his ability to lead the city, then dump him. if it doesn't, who cares.
Jimmy Carter ym"sh is a paragon of moral behaivor. one marriage, church every sunday, building homes for homeless. yet he's a 1st class shmuck, anti-semite, etc.
Ronald Reagan was married twice, messed around in his younger years, and the best friend for klal yisroel in decades.

For new yorkers, david dinkins is a mensh, gracious, a true gentleman. rudy giuliani is a womanizer, brash, foul mouthed, adulterer. and who did a better job? who really cared about the city, our communities? who stood up when it mattered and who dithered when an entire frum community was under siege?

we have to support the candidates that will help us, and forget about what they do in their personal lives.

You make a very good point with your post. But he met with a room full of rabbis for the purpose of demonstrating that his errors are somehow redeemable. I hope they are their puppeteers can demonstrate the same Rachmonis when it is a member of their community or yeshiva screws up.

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 12:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
Bluebekitche Says:

Not a single parent would trust him to baby-sit their kids for 4 minutes however we can trust him with all the issues for NYC for 4 years!
Mr Weiner get a kosher phone
Get a nose job
Get the hell out of NY

Your silly racial profiling of "nose jobs" underlies the hateful tone of your overall post. He is not running for chief rav of Willy or BP where his perverted behavior would be an issue...he is running on his track record as a public leader where the relevant metric is his policies and leadership skills. He is a big supporter of yidden an EY and that's all that should be important.

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 01:01 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Says:

Exactly one year from the agudah making such a Kiddush hashem at met life stadium they now make an even bigger chillul hashem by giving a platform to a Jew who proudly talks about his intermarriage.

really? but you threw a party and raised money for the thief Rubashkin, right? that was a big kiddush Hashem, to celebrate an admitted felon, thief and cheat as a role model for your children?

You people make me sick.

The only thing Weiner did wrong was not sending those pictures and getting caught while wearing a shtreimel and a bekishah. no one would say a word about it here.

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 01:04 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #21  
Oh vay Says:

Rav Avigdor miller zt"l said rather vote for a sonei Yisroel than a mushchas, no one can harm klall Yisroel " Leiv meluchim visurim byad Hashem" versus a person with evil hashkufous brings down the whole moral v'hamaven yuvin....

YOU don't get to decide how to apply what Rav Avigdor Miller, zt"l said about another situation. You are not a spokesperson for him or a talmid of his work authprized to speak on his behalf.

you are a disrespectful, sad little failure of a man trying to ride the coattails of a giant

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 11:20 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #6  
Says:

Exactly one year from the agudah making such a Kiddush hashem at met life stadium they now make an even bigger chillul hashem by giving a platform to a Jew who proudly talks about his intermarriage.

Hey, the entire frum community voted by landslide margins for Bloomberg, whose ex-wife, children, and girlfriend aren't Jewish, and who became the nation's #1 supporter of same sex marriage early on. Don't blame AI for that.

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 Aug 08, 2013 at 11:30 PM chosid Says:

R Weinberger,

Have you no shame?

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 01:05 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Says:

Based on this definition of hakoras hatov I would assume when Hillary becomes president she will be the main speaker during davening at the Agudah convention.

what an incredibly stupid comment. did you get help thinking it up?

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 01:57 AM I_Am_Me Says:

Reply to #9  
MaxaMillion Says:

If you want to show this opportunistic menuval hakaros hatov you can do it in private. Don't sit at a public meeting with him and have pictures taken. A shonda and a boosha.

Again, I seriously don't understand you people! Clinton you re-elect! JFK you love! Many thought Roosevelt was Jewish they loved him so much! Weiner, who is Jewish & hardly did what they did you oppose?! You guys seriously have to get your heads checked!!!

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 02:06 AM I_Am_Me Says:

Reply to #10  
lostinCA Says:

if his personal shortcomings affect his ability to lead the city, then dump him. if it doesn't, who cares.
Jimmy Carter ym"sh is a paragon of moral behaivor. one marriage, church every sunday, building homes for homeless. yet he's a 1st class shmuck, anti-semite, etc.
Ronald Reagan was married twice, messed around in his younger years, and the best friend for klal yisroel in decades.

For new yorkers, david dinkins is a mensh, gracious, a true gentleman. rudy giuliani is a womanizer, brash, foul mouthed, adulterer. and who did a better job? who really cared about the city, our communities? who stood up when it mattered and who dithered when an entire frum community was under siege?

we have to support the candidates that will help us, and forget about what they do in their personal lives.

You're 100% correct! What does his personal life have to do with us?! Shouldn't we be more machmer on our rabbis? Rabbi's should be our children's heroes rather than on a simple man who has done wrong? We are religious Jews, why are we pretending that this mans moral code means anything to us? Okay so he's sinned, so we don't like his moral code, is he asking to be your rabbi?! I think not!

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 02:14 AM I_Am_Me Says:

Reply to #24  
Avrohomk Says:

The entire world is laughing at Weiner and the fact that he is still in the race. In the public's eye anyone associating with him condones his actions. A Torah Jew can not vote for anyone who is publicly an immoral individual. Using words like hakoras hatov doesnt make you look frum or right it is just a poor excuse for not standing up for truth and morality which is what the Nation who is Light to the Nations is supposed to be.

Is Quinn any better regarding morality? Okay, so we're suppose to be a light onto other nations, we're also suppose to be a nation who has rachmanut, how does this show rachmanut?! Stop throwing the baby out with the bath water!!!

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 02:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #31  
chosid Says:

R Weinberger,

Have you no shame?

if anything, he should have shame for you.

don't attempt to criticize your betters. That would include Gedalia AND weiner.

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 02:21 AM I_Am_Me Says:

Reply to #26  
LionofZion Says:

You make a very good point with your post. But he met with a room full of rabbis for the purpose of demonstrating that his errors are somehow redeemable. I hope they are their puppeteers can demonstrate the same Rachmonis when it is a member of their community or yeshiva screws up.

No, he actually was trying to court the Jewish vote, he wasn't trying to apologize for anything (which is his personal biz not ours)

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 06:57 AM NeveAliza Says:

Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger, was faced with a dilemma. He explains the two sides in the interview. Issues of חילול השם and הכרת טובה, etc. No doubt Rabbi Weinberger, a member of Agudath Israel, asked a Gadol B'Yisroel before making his decision. After all, one would expect him - an Agudanik - to lift up the banner of Daas Torah when faced with such a decisive matter. " I came here as a private individual not representing any of my organizational affiliations", says Rabbi Weinberger. Fine. But which of the Gedolim did you consult with before acting as a private individual?

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 07:13 AM CommonSense Says:

I don't understand.

The great Rabbonim and Shtadlonim of the past didn't go to czars and kings who had harems of mistresses and who knows what other perversions??

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 10:01 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #30  
Charlie Hall Says:

Hey, the entire frum community voted by landslide margins for Bloomberg, whose ex-wife, children, and girlfriend aren't Jewish, and who became the nation's #1 supporter of same sex marriage early on. Don't blame AI for that.

Speak for yourself I did not vote for Bloomberg. And obviously had the frum world not voted for someone who ex wife was not Jewish we might not have suffered as much as we have the past 4 years under king Bloomberg. ( he won his last race by very little)

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 10:09 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #30  
Charlie Hall Says:

Hey, the entire frum community voted by landslide margins for Bloomberg, whose ex-wife, children, and girlfriend aren't Jewish, and who became the nation's #1 supporter of same sex marriage early on. Don't blame AI for that.

I believe we are all missing the major point of why Weiner is so reprehensible. He did something very wrong. He then went and without anyone asking him to do did a public teshuvah.and implied that he never did anything wrong after leaving Congress. He then announced to the world that being that he did teshuvah he is fit to be mayor. And then it turns he was a liar and had done the same mistakes after congress and then claims he never said he stopped right away. Plain and simple he is a lying sleaze politician. How can any jewish leader be in the same room as this person?

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 10:36 AM sane Says:

Reply to #39  
CommonSense Says:

I don't understand.

The great Rabbonim and Shtadlonim of the past didn't go to czars and kings who had harems of mistresses and who knows what other perversions??

They lived in dictatorships, so they had no choice. We choose our leaders and, accordingly, their moral standing is very relevant. If the Orthodox Jewish community come out strongly for a pervert, it sends the message that we have no moral values.

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 11:01 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
mit-seichel Says:

Reb Gedaliah,

I know you personally and generally respect you, but you cannot "separate" a leader's character from his public duties. He is always in the news and a leader in our children's eyes. If he showed repeated horrible judgment and continued it after resigning, the man has zero character - he didn't just make mistakes - and is shameless. And he has no benefit of doubt that should make us assume that he won't act inappropriately in the future.

I don't care what he did or didn't do for Jewish causes when it was politically expedient for him. You can never trust such a person to do what's right when he faces a difficult situation. Also, to say that the other mayoral candidates engaged in similarly repugnant behavior is plainly false. You can perhaps make an argument about Quinn, but not about any of the rest.

He has an addiction, he is not a degenerate. The question is has he changed. Quinn is a terrible role model who flaunts her behavior and was against the middle and working classes until she began to run for mayor.

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 12:09 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't care if a public official is immoral.I kind of think of them all as immoral by Torah standards. However Weiner's particular actions were quite weird and showed lack of good judgement. The fact that he continued with these actions even after he was caught shows lack of self control and very bad judgement. These are not characteristics I would want to see in our mayor. Also, even though it doesn't ultimately matter, the fact that he married a Muslim is bothersome to me personally.
However, the hakoras hatov points are definitely something to think about. Life isn't black and white, is it?

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 12:10 PM mit-seichel Says:

Reply to #39  
CommonSense Says:

I don't understand.

The great Rabbonim and Shtadlonim of the past didn't go to czars and kings who had harems of mistresses and who knows what other perversions??

This is America, where we get to CHOOSE our leaders. Weiner is not mayor, and is actually behind in the polls. Giving him legitimacy at this point boosts him needlessly.

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 12:13 PM I_Am_Me Says:

Reply to #41  
Anonymous Says:

I believe we are all missing the major point of why Weiner is so reprehensible. He did something very wrong. He then went and without anyone asking him to do did a public teshuvah.and implied that he never did anything wrong after leaving Congress. He then announced to the world that being that he did teshuvah he is fit to be mayor. And then it turns he was a liar and had done the same mistakes after congress and then claims he never said he stopped right away. Plain and simple he is a lying sleaze politician. How can any jewish leader be in the same room as this person?

Simple, he didn't say when he did teshuva, but that he did. However, who are we to judge him when we ourselves have a lot to ask moichel for this month. Besides, what is it to us what he does in his personal life? Again who are to judge??

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 12:39 PM meshugnah Says:

if gedalya Weinberger is endorsing him as private individual who do you think you are?
why me as individual should endorse him?

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 01:04 PM Anonymous Says:

It's all a matter of political expediency. I wonder if Rabbi Weinberger felt sullied by this association and the fawning, pandering overtures he made to this lowlife. He should.

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 01:13 PM YoineKohen Says:

Ooops I see the headline has been changed the name of "Agudath Israel memeber" has been excised and replaced "Prominent Orthodox Leader". I wonder why?

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 02:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #46  
I_Am_Me Says:

Simple, he didn't say when he did teshuva, but that he did. However, who are we to judge him when we ourselves have a lot to ask moichel for this month. Besides, what is it to us what he does in his personal life? Again who are to judge??

He said he did teshuva and then turned around and texted more nude pictures, so what good is it to continue to lie and say teshuva? I would prefer him to be honest. He only admitted his deeds when the women came out of the closet to protest.

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 03:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #49  
YoineKohen Says:

Ooops I see the headline has been changed the name of "Agudath Israel memeber" has been excised and replaced "Prominent Orthodox Leader". I wonder why?

I think Weinbeger should officially leave the Agudah.. This I don't represent agudah is a joke when we all know he runs the Agudah. It's like a yid making a chillul hashem and saying I didn't make a chillul hashem I represent myself not any other Jew. He was the only speaker at met life stadium who officially represented agudah so that is who he is.

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 Aug 09, 2013 at 05:31 PM Sherree Says:

Not surprised. They protect molesters too, and give them a pass. This is nothing compared to molesters.

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 Aug 11, 2013 at 01:46 AM The Commish Says:

Agudath Israel of America died when Rabbi Moshe Sherrer ZTZL left us.

There is no longer an Agudah, only remnants.

The 'glue' that currently holds them together is government handouts. They will support any toeyvah or liberal pervert for handouts. Once those handouts end, so will they.

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