As Norman Podhoretz has said, “liberalism has become much more than a set of political opinions for political Jews: It has become a religion in its own right, with its own Torah of liberalism and its own set of commandments.” For these people, he continues: “The new Torah will always trump the old. The devotion of three-quarters of my fellow Jews in America to liberalism and the Democratic Party is as passionate and scrupulous and faithful as the devotion their great-grandparents had toward the Torah of Judaism. They are very loyal to it, and they regard any move from left to right, or from liberalism to conservatism, with the same horror that their grandparents and great-grandparents felt about conversion to Christianity.”
Romney’s visit to Israel – and in fact the issues of importance on which some swing voters are hedging – should be seen as appealing to traditionalists, those concerned about tradition, whether Christian, Jewish or other. Like it or not, the majority of the Jewish community is absurdly still supporting Obama despite his awful record on important issues.
As a God fearing Jew, I see eye to eye with the Evangelicals on many issues, and believe they have more in common with authentic Judaism than the vast sea of American Jews. The “swing” voters Romney seeks are more likely to come from traditional Americans of any religion than Jews who believe simply in the Torah of liberalism.
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