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Published on: January 26, 2012 08:26 AM
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Brooklyn, NY - A pro-family Orthodox Jewish rabbi is concerned that a potential Republican vice-presidential candidate has appointed an open homosexual to his state’s supreme court.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) has announced he will nominate Bruce Harris to one of the two openings on the state’s high court. But he has also told legislators that he would veto a proposed Senate bill legalizing same-sex “marriage” in the state. He is encouraging those who support such unions to let the New Jersey voters decide.

“Let’s put the question of same-sex marriage on the ballot this fall in the hands of the people, the time when the most people will be voting—the presidential election year,” he urged.

But New York City Rabbi Yehuda Levin says something is wrong with Christie appointing the homosexual judge, then calling for the people to decide the issue.

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“You’re either with us or against us; you can’t be halfway,” he contends. “And Christie is not a strong social conservative. He’s a social moderate, and this is unacceptable.”

Levin is also concerned that Christie, who is a supporter of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, has already been mentioned as a possible running mate for the former Massachusetts governor.

“This is Romney’s friend. He’s doing just like Romney—everything short of homosexual ‘marriage,’” the rabbi notes. “Romney has to be defeated at any cost, or we know what kind of Supreme Court nominees he will appoint and how that will impact on our country for decades to come.”

Levin believes a Romney-Christie ticket would be focused on the economy, but he says no amount of financial tinkering can save a country that is morally bankrupt.



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 Jan 26, 2012 at 08:38 AM Anonymous Says:

The Judge's personal life should not mean he is not qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. While I completely disagree with the gay lifestyle, I respect gay people as much or as little as I do any other segment of society: I base my opinions on their character.

Rabbi Levin is in some ways a bigot. Look at legislation, yes, but don't assume a Judge who has sworn to uphold the law will automatically allow his personal feelings to affect his judicial rulings. Give the guy a chance. Some respect by Rabbi Levin will earn him more credibility than his (l'havdil) Westlake-type bigotry. Actually, now I come to think of it, Rabbi Levin is showing rather more affinity to those evil lunatics @ Westlake than I would expect to see from a Rabbi, even one as right-wing as Rabbi Levin. Shame on him.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 08:58 AM Bob Says:

I respect this Rabbi because he remains at his core believes regardless of public opinion. Where else do you see that?

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 08:59 AM JerusalamiKugel Says:

Who made Rabbi Yehuda Levin the spokesman?

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 09:04 AM ChachoMoe Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

The Judge's personal life should not mean he is not qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. While I completely disagree with the gay lifestyle, I respect gay people as much or as little as I do any other segment of society: I base my opinions on their character.

Rabbi Levin is in some ways a bigot. Look at legislation, yes, but don't assume a Judge who has sworn to uphold the law will automatically allow his personal feelings to affect his judicial rulings. Give the guy a chance. Some respect by Rabbi Levin will earn him more credibility than his (l'havdil) Westlake-type bigotry. Actually, now I come to think of it, Rabbi Levin is showing rather more affinity to those evil lunatics @ Westlake than I would expect to see from a Rabbi, even one as right-wing as Rabbi Levin. Shame on him.

I agree with some of the points you made, however, think about it from a different prespective; had the judge been ultra religious, no doubt, each and every liberal out there would have been protesting and dare him for even thinking of nominating him....Extremism go both ways. And as far as R Levin ...i guess you are not familiar with him, the one and only credibilty the guy has or ever had, is his Anti Gay war, otherwise, I have never heard from him on any other religious matter.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 09:27 AM Yovel Says:

The liberal media gives Levin a platform because he comes across as a nut.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #4  
ChachoMoe Says:

I agree with some of the points you made, however, think about it from a different prespective; had the judge been ultra religious, no doubt, each and every liberal out there would have been protesting and dare him for even thinking of nominating him....Extremism go both ways. And as far as R Levin ...i guess you are not familiar with him, the one and only credibilty the guy has or ever had, is his Anti Gay war, otherwise, I have never heard from him on any other religious matter.

Mr. Levin speaks for nobody but himself. He is an attention seeking media clown who has come to be the poster-child for hate, bigotry and religious extremism in America. He's too dumb to know to just keep his mouth shut.

The best way to describe Mr. Levin is to say he is the Fred Phelps of Judaism.

The worst part is that he looks and dresses like us. The media portrays him as one of "us". Isn't there some way the community can get in front of the cameras and make is clear once and for all that Mr. Levin is just hateful person who will do and say anything to see his name in the paper or his face on TV?

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM eighthcomment Says:

At least someone is speaking out for my religious interests- thank you Rabbi- many these days whether so called rabbis or leaders or politicians are seeking to appease westernized culture and follow the liberal mindset and are scared to stand up for truth- refreshing, and for many-very welcoming.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM Anonymous Says:

Someone somewhere got bitten by a dog. At fault - the internet, blackberries, and texting. It rained by someone's outdoors chuppah. At fault, the internet, blackberries, and texting. Solar falres disrupting tne electical grid. At fault - the internet, blackberries, and texting. Does anyone take this stuff seriously? We cannot afford to have a single tracked mind. It is as stupid and pathetic to blame the world's problems on technology. All that goes on occurred in the past, before any digital technology.

Levin assesses the world in terms of only one single variable - homosexuality. He appeals to the media because of this nutty way of thinking and his ability to articulate it. Other than that, he's chiefly ignored by all. He is a nice guy, but it is difficult to maintain a conversation with him, as he diverts any discussion to his single preoccupation. There has got to be something else in this world besides his pet issue.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 10:35 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

The Judge's personal life should not mean he is not qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. While I completely disagree with the gay lifestyle, I respect gay people as much or as little as I do any other segment of society: I base my opinions on their character.

Rabbi Levin is in some ways a bigot. Look at legislation, yes, but don't assume a Judge who has sworn to uphold the law will automatically allow his personal feelings to affect his judicial rulings. Give the guy a chance. Some respect by Rabbi Levin will earn him more credibility than his (l'havdil) Westlake-type bigotry. Actually, now I come to think of it, Rabbi Levin is showing rather more affinity to those evil lunatics @ Westlake than I would expect to see from a Rabbi, even one as right-wing as Rabbi Levin. Shame on him.

Come on it is not just his personal life. If you know about it, it is beacuse of gay pride.That means he is vocal and proud about it. You would be right if by accident we found out what he does in the bedroom. But this is not the case. Plus why do you think Christie is appointing him simply because he is good for the job or because Christie wants to show that he supports gay rights? I would venture to say the latter. As far as the statement that it has nothing to do with his job. That's true if he is an accountant however, he is a judge. What do you think will happen if the people vote against gay marrage and the gay advocates take the case to court?

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM Unasked_Question Says:

Reply to #2  
Bob Says:

I respect this Rabbi because he remains at his core believes regardless of public opinion. Where else do you see that?

You write:
“I respect this Rabbi because he remains at his core believes regardless of public opinion. Where else do you see that? ”

Are you really asking "where else" we can see people holding on to their believes regardless of public opinion ?

Every single person that's part of a minority!
Some examples:
1)-Until lately the majority of Americans were against legalizing gay marriage. The supporters held on firmly to their believe "against public opinion"
2) My friends, family and myself hold on to our "Orthodox Jewish" believes, regardless of public opinion
3) The confused "Occupy Wall Street" people...
4) People that still use Aol or Yahoo email...
5) Japanese people that eat Gefilte fish, and the few Yidden that still don't eat Sushi

The list is endless...

This does not explain why Rabbi Levine -with all the respect- feels the need to go in front of the cameras. Everyone knows that the Torah doesn't permit gay marriage just as everyone knows that the US laws are not based on any religion.

Is it possible that Rabbi Levine really things that he is so charismatic that his few minutes in front of camera will actually influence the situation? Who knows.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 10:52 AM It's real simple Says:

It's real simple:

If someone keeps his personal lifestyle, private and unknown then it's no one business and no one would care.

But if someone who lives an immoral and deviant lifestyle, chooses to to make his private life go public he is then using his immorality as an advertisement to indirectly, openly proclaim, publicly to the entire nation, that what he is doing, is OK.

His publicity of his private life, (how else would we know?), serves as a direct intentional vehicle and means through which to encourage and legitimize his immorality amongst others too.

Appointing such a Low Life, to the highest public office is intended to directly impress and influence the entire country, to lower everyones point of reference as to what is moral and OK and what is not.

It's human nature to look up to and respect people in high office and the higher the office the higher the level of respect and this in turn directly and indirectly influences the Morality and value system of the entire nation, never mind in the event, of any potential Judicial hearings, Judgments, and votes on any subject which is directly or indirectly interrelated to his own immoral and deviant lifestyle.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM sane Says:

He has lost a lot of weight. How'd he do it?

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM Dr. E Says:

It has been a while since we have heard from Reb Yudi. I am glad to see that he is alive and B"H doing well.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM Anonymous Says:

No one takes this Levin seriously.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM 1st Things 1st Says:

Has Levin really got smicha and from where? Yes he does have a shul, but that certainly does not confer ordination.

At a time when Jewish religious bigotry - spitting, stoning, burning trash cans, wearing Holocaust memorabilia and simulating scenes from the holocaust (total insensitivity to the murdered and the survivors), hobnobbing with Ahmadinejad, placing flowers at Arafat's memorial -- is making worldwide news THIS IS NOT A TIME, certainly not for a self-appointed individual to become a spokesman for the religious community.

If he truly has the issues of homosexuality and abortion at heart, let him go to gedolei Torah and put his case before them and encourage them to speak out.
I don't think any of them will endorse his way or words. He has said hurtful, insensitive and shameful words in the past, such as after the brutal killing of Leiby Kletsky, a"h.

Chachamim, hizharu b'divreichem....

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Hi hat is too small for his head. It looks like a flying saucer.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM Youvegottobekidding Says:

Reply to #5  
Yovel Says:

The liberal media gives Levin a platform because he comes across as a nut.

This guy is a publicity seeking chillul Hashem machine, and somehow you take aim at the media? You just can't see past your limited agenda points.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM whacked Says:

First of all #17 good observation!!! Second who is this "rabbi levin" why didn't I ever hear of him?? Is there any gedolim that stand behind him? After does he just like to knock the few politicians that we have that still like the jews?!?!

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM Shmuel52744 Says:

Reply to #3  
JerusalamiKugel Says:

Who made Rabbi Yehuda Levin the spokesman?

Rav Avigdol Miller Zatzal! Who else?

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM Anon Says:

Reply to #12  
It's real simple Says:

It's real simple:

If someone keeps his personal lifestyle, private and unknown then it's no one business and no one would care.

But if someone who lives an immoral and deviant lifestyle, chooses to to make his private life go public he is then using his immorality as an advertisement to indirectly, openly proclaim, publicly to the entire nation, that what he is doing, is OK.

His publicity of his private life, (how else would we know?), serves as a direct intentional vehicle and means through which to encourage and legitimize his immorality amongst others too.

Appointing such a Low Life, to the highest public office is intended to directly impress and influence the entire country, to lower everyones point of reference as to what is moral and OK and what is not.

It's human nature to look up to and respect people in high office and the higher the office the higher the level of respect and this in turn directly and indirectly influences the Morality and value system of the entire nation, never mind in the event, of any potential Judicial hearings, Judgments, and votes on any subject which is directly or indirectly interrelated to his own immoral and deviant lifestyle.

I am an attorney - am guessing you are not. It is completely irrelevant to me whether a judge is religious or not, heterosexual or homosexual, or whatever. All I care about is whether the judge is competent to understand and follow the law and treats all people before the court fairly and impartially. Based on your posting, you have publicly stated that you are heterosexual, which serves as a direct intentional vehicle and means through which you are encouraging bigotry and hatred of judges who do not have personal lives with which you agree. Believe me, if you ever have the misfortune to end up in court, you will be praying to have a fair, impartial, and competent judge and will not care at all about the judge's life outside of the courtroom.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

Rabbi Levin, the next time a Jew is put forward as a judge I hope you'll keep the sensitivities and values of neo-Nazis and Klansmen in mind and demand a Juden-rein judiciary.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 01:03 PM Yovel Says:

Reply to #18  
Youvegottobekidding Says:

This guy is a publicity seeking chillul Hashem machine, and somehow you take aim at the media? You just can't see past your limited agenda points.

I think that you are confused.
I agree that Levine is a "publicity seeking chillul Hashem machine". (Perhaps you missed that I called him a "nut"). But the question is why the media gives a platform to such a weirdo, and not to other more articulate, more moderate anti-gay spokespeople. The answer is that the media, being liberal and pro-gay, WANT a nutjob to represent the opposing view. Is that too hard to understand?

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 01:25 PM Butterfly Says:

Did anybody stop to ask what his qualifications are? Stop for a moment and forget his PERSONAL life!! Everybody has a personal life!! Some people in Washington have personal lives that we SHOULD KNOW about but we do NOT!! This man was honest and told the truth!! UP FRONT!! That should say something about him!! Now wehave to ask, was he at the top of his class?? and we go from there!!

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 01:27 PM Selco Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

Hi hat is too small for his head. It looks like a flying saucer.

I don't agree. His hat is perfect.
I never like people's hats which are so big on them, that they rest on their ears.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 01:33 PM Yovel Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

Hi hat is too small for his head. It looks like a flying saucer.

You mean his head is too big for his hat.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM Youvegottobekidding Says:

Reply to #23  
Yovel Says:

I think that you are confused.
I agree that Levine is a "publicity seeking chillul Hashem machine". (Perhaps you missed that I called him a "nut"). But the question is why the media gives a platform to such a weirdo, and not to other more articulate, more moderate anti-gay spokespeople. The answer is that the media, being liberal and pro-gay, WANT a nutjob to represent the opposing view. Is that too hard to understand?

Not confused at all - I understand you all too well. You should just end your comments at Levin is a nut. The "liberal media" has nothing to do with creating or perpetuating him - he will manage to get his word out even if not a single print or broadcast outlet picks up his latest stupidity (just search YouTube). Also, the media does give a platform to more moderate anti-gay spokespeople --several of them are running for the Republican presidential nomination, in fact -- so you're wrong there too. Stop seeing the world in such victimized, oversimplified binary terms.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM Anonymous Says:

R' Levin seems to be suffering from egodystonic homophobia.

I highly recommend everyone reading the article "Jews should support gay marriage" by Eliyahu Federman. (Jerusalem Post 1/11/2012)

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
whacked Says:

First of all #17 good observation!!! Second who is this "rabbi levin" why didn't I ever hear of him?? Is there any gedolim that stand behind him? After does he just like to knock the few politicians that we have that still like the jews?!?!

How could you have not heard of Rabbi Levin? He ran for Congress years ago and puts out Youtube videos against the homosexuals. Although he has few followers, his congregation is miniscule and he's not considered a posek, he's a star on Youtube.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 02:55 PM yaakov doe Says:

Reply to #19  
whacked Says:

First of all #17 good observation!!! Second who is this "rabbi levin" why didn't I ever hear of him?? Is there any gedolim that stand behind him? After does he just like to knock the few politicians that we have that still like the jews?!?!

I'm surprised at you carry a story from ONE NEWS NEW, a service thatclaims to provide " daily news from a Christian perspective"

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 03:31 PM cp123 Says:

oy. this guy doesn't speak for me! all he does is make a big chillul hashem.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 04:04 PM Yovel Says:

Reply to #27  
Youvegottobekidding Says:

Not confused at all - I understand you all too well. You should just end your comments at Levin is a nut. The "liberal media" has nothing to do with creating or perpetuating him - he will manage to get his word out even if not a single print or broadcast outlet picks up his latest stupidity (just search YouTube). Also, the media does give a platform to more moderate anti-gay spokespeople --several of them are running for the Republican presidential nomination, in fact -- so you're wrong there too. Stop seeing the world in such victimized, oversimplified binary terms.

Sorry Charlie! I've been accused of many things but never of "seeing the world in a victimized, oversimplified binary terms".

Your point about YouTube is completely irrelevant. Anyone can get on YouTube. But not everyone can get on TV, however hard they try. Why are major, supposedly serious, TV stations giving this complete wacko a platform. It's not a major conspiratorial leap to suspect that those who support the gay agenda are only too happy to give an inarticulate, stupid, moronic-looking extremist the role of expressing the anti-gay viewpoint.

Your point about other spokespeople, such as Republican candidates, is also irrelevant. My argument is why interview Levin at all. He's a nobody.

I think that it's you who is oversimplifying the matter.You obviously cannot accept the notion that sometimes a medial outlet will select a spokesperson who fits their agenda. In your oversimplified view of the world, the media is always objective and fair, and never stoops to bias. Well, that just ain't so. This is not a conspiracy theory; it's reality.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM Youvegottobekidding Says:

Reply to #32  
Yovel Says:

Sorry Charlie! I've been accused of many things but never of "seeing the world in a victimized, oversimplified binary terms".

Your point about YouTube is completely irrelevant. Anyone can get on YouTube. But not everyone can get on TV, however hard they try. Why are major, supposedly serious, TV stations giving this complete wacko a platform. It's not a major conspiratorial leap to suspect that those who support the gay agenda are only too happy to give an inarticulate, stupid, moronic-looking extremist the role of expressing the anti-gay viewpoint.

Your point about other spokespeople, such as Republican candidates, is also irrelevant. My argument is why interview Levin at all. He's a nobody.

I think that it's you who is oversimplifying the matter.You obviously cannot accept the notion that sometimes a medial outlet will select a spokesperson who fits their agenda. In your oversimplified view of the world, the media is always objective and fair, and never stoops to bias. Well, that just ain't so. This is not a conspiracy theory; it's reality.

Actually, it's very easy to get on TV - 24 hour news cycles crave items. If it happens to be a crazy person, all the better - it makes ratings go up. Stop assuming there's an single agenda driven coordinating mind that controls all outlets that don't fit your parochial view of the world - it's illogical and counterfactual.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 05:01 PM qazxc Says:

Yehuda Levin - Orthodox Jewery's Al Sharpton.

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 Jan 26, 2012 at 06:44 PM Yovel Says:

Reply to #33  
Youvegottobekidding Says:

Actually, it's very easy to get on TV - 24 hour news cycles crave items. If it happens to be a crazy person, all the better - it makes ratings go up. Stop assuming there's an single agenda driven coordinating mind that controls all outlets that don't fit your parochial view of the world - it's illogical and counterfactual.

Please. Get a grip! In your desperation to come up with some sort of response, you have resorted to sheer codswallop. Where on earth did I say that there's "a single agenda driven coordinating mind that controls all outlets that don't fit [my] parochial view of the world".

You made an assumption about me, so I'm going to make an assumption about you. I suspect that you're a hard-core liberal, and that you can cite dozens of examples of bias in the conservative media. But you just can't accept that there are elements in the media that have a liberal bias.

Now, for your own good, I advise you to think before responding, because the more you try to defend yourself, the sillier your arguments get.

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