From the COLlive inbox: “At first, it sounded cool. It’s nice to hear a Chabad song played on loudspeaker and see people clapping to it. It was just a moment later that it became clear to me what a churban this is.” Full Story
I plan to vote for Donald Trump on Election Day – not because I’m a member of the Republican party (I’m a registered Democrat) and not because I agree with him on all of the issues (I don’t).
I’m voting for him because of hakaras hatov – appreciation for what he has done for Israel and the Jewish people.
He commuted Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, had the incredible Nikki Haley defend Israel at the UN, appointed David Friedman as ambassador to Israel, recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the embassy there, closed the PLO office in Washington, recognized Israel’s right to the Golan Heights, stopped the Iran nuclear deal, and most recently, helped Israel make peace with the Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.
If Trump had only done one of those things, I would say “Dayeinu!” and vote for him.
Now that I made that clear, I want to talk about something very disturbing that I saw today.
A video of the Trump parade in New York showed all these cars in Manhattan. In the background, you can hear the Chabad marching song playing from one of the cars: “From 770 we’re marching out…on to victory, without a doubt… Shluchai Adoneinu…”
At first, it sounded cool. It’s nice to hear a Chabad song played on a loudspeaker in the middle of Times Square in Manhattan, and see all sorts of people clapping to it. It was just a moment later that it became clear to me what a churban this is.
So I must ask: since when is it our ‘thing’ to be at political events?
The Rebbe spoke out against many issues, and yet was clear about not being involved in politics – not here, not in Israel or anywhere.
The Rebbe exchanged warm letters with Ronald Reagen, hosted Menachem Begin and Robert F. Kennedy – but did not endorse them.
What’s more, who gives you the right to use a song about concepts that are near and dear to our hearts (such as 770, Rebbe, Shlichus, Moshiach) and use it for a political spectacle?
I’m sorry if this sounds harsh, but someone has clearly lost their marbles – or at least forgotten some basics of what it means to be a chossid.
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