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Not Another ‘Rabbi for Obama’

David Wolpe insists that delivering a benediction at the Democratic Convention is not a political endorsement

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Rabbi David Wolpe at an Intelligence Squared debate about religion on Nov. 15, 2011. (Intelligence Squared)
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At this moment, there are over 600 rabbis signed on as “Rabbis for Obama.” But Rabbi David Wolpe, who will be delivering a benediction Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, isn’t one of them.

Sources close to the Obama campaign told me that Wolpe’s selection this past Thursday was approved by no less than Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and campaign senior strategist David Axelrod. But while the 54-year-old rabbi said he’s privileged to participate at the DNC—it will be his first political convention—he insists he’s not taking sides in the election by doing so. “I actually think that it is a mistake for a rabbi to endorse one candidate or another,” said Wolpe. “I really see my role as apolitical.” He notes that his congregation, Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, is ideologically diverse and that he has a responsibility to ensure that none of them feel disenfranchised by his convictions.

“I’m honored to be chosen to offer a prayer, but not an endorsement one way or the other, because I don’t think that’s a rabbi’s job,” he explained. “My approach is that being a rabbi doesn’t give me special political insight. So, I don’t like to preach to people about exactly the political positions they should take, as though Judaism vests me with this approach as opposed to that approach.”

Wolpe is well-known to many American Jews as the author of seven books on faith and Judaism, as well as a regular columnist at the Washington Post’s “On Faith,” the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and many other press outlets, Jewish and not. He is a frequent face on television, his Facebook page has the most likes and subscribers of any American rabbi, and his sermons are even a popular podcast on iTunes. (Oh, and Newsweek named him the most influential rabbi in America this year.) The son of Rabbi Gerald Wolpe, a titan of the Conservative movement, Wolpe serves as the head rabbi at one of the country’s largest Conservative congregations.

But unlike many American rabbis who use their pulpits to promote their political views, Wolpe avoids partisanship and has managed to avoid being pinned down politically, largely because he consistently puts his religious agenda first. He has worked with conservative religious leaders to defend faith in contemporary society, reached out to Jews beyond his own denomination, and filled his writing with religious—rather than political—exhortations. And though his insistence that he is nonpartisan can sound to some ears like pablum, Wolpe genuinely occupies a singular place in the American Jewish community, managing to transcend typical communal divisions even as he takes strong stands on particular issues.

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When asked to sum up his credo as a Conservative Jew, Wolpe didn’t offer soundbites about furthering social justice or protecting religious liberty, but instead talked theology: “I really deeply believe in the ongoing dialogue between Jews and others Jews, Jews and the non-Jewish world, and the Jews and God.” It’s a bridge-building ideology that is evident in much of Wolpe’s work, which tends to focus on the common bonds of faith rather than the often divisive currents of contemporary politics.

Thus, his most recent book, Why Faith Matters: God and the New Atheism, features an introduction by Pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church, the popular evangelical leader—and sharp critic of President Obama. In November 2011, Wolpe teamed up with conservative Christian thinker Dinesh D’Souza in a public debate to oppose the proposition that “the world would be better off without religion.” (D’Souza, incidentally, is the director and narrator of the anti-Obama documentary, 2016: Obama’s America.) The political views of his interfaith partners are, for Wolpe, almost beside the point. “I try mainly not to be a political rabbi, but a rabbi,” he said.

Indeed, if you scan Wolpe’s voluminous writings, one finds few political slogans but copious references to rabbinic literature—a rarity even among those rabbis who venture into the op-ed pages, where buzzwords like tikkun olam are common but Talmudic citations less so. “It would be nice if rabbinic discourse would find its way into general discourse,” said Wolpe. “It makes it clear that the tradition still speaks. There’s a saying in the Talmud that when you quote a sage, his lips move in the grave. … Emerson said that the job of the preacher was to show not that God spoke but that God speaks. And I think that’s the job of a rabbi—to show not that the Jewish tradition spoke, but that it speaks.”

Wolpe’s eloquence and his undeniable Jewish commitment have earned him respect even among those who take issue with his religious outlook. “Rabbi David Wolpe is a deep thinker with a keen sense of Jewish tradition and the contemporary Jewish scene,” said Rabbi Gil Student, who runs Hirhurim—one of the most popular Orthodox outlets in the blogosphere, and formerly served as managing editor of the Orthodox Union Press. “He is not Orthodox but recognizes sensitivities and speaks respectfully to his audience. Even though I disagree with Rabbi Wolpe on fundamental religious issues, I find that he understands the workings of the Jewish soul and has much to offer in terms of spiritual and ethical inspiration.”

When Student ran a colloquium on his blog about why Jews become Orthodox, he invited Wolpe to contribute. This past month, Wolpe himself conducted a wedding in Israel together with an ultra-Orthodox rabbi; the Facebook picture of the two of them currently has 891 likes.

None of this is to say that Wolpe lacks strong convictions. On the contrary, he has staked out positions on many important and controversial topics in American Jewish life, like the historicity of the Bible, the need for religious pluralism in Israel, and how to reform his own Conservative movement. Famously, he once delivered a Passover sermon in which he asserted—in line with a dominant stream of biblical scholarship—that the Exodus did not transpire in the manner portrayed in the Bible. A Los Angeles Times reporter happened to be in the sanctuary, and the subsequent article provoked harsh criticism of Wolpe from within his synagogue and without. Dr. Laura Schlessinger attacked the sermon on her nationally syndicated radio show, and one Orthodox group even took out an ad in the Times to denounce it.

Wolpe’s Sinai Temple, home to a large population of Iranian expatriates who experienced anti-Semitism firsthand, is also a hotbed of pro-Israel activism. “We have for the past five years sent the largest delegation of any institution—not just synagogue—to the AIPAC conference,” Wolpe noted with pride. He himself delivered an impassioned address at this past year’s conference, and his congregation counts among its members founders of AIPAC and the Washington Institute of Near East Policy, the influential pro-Israel think tank.

While he backs a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has sharply criticized partisans on the left and right who oppose it, “within those broad parameters,” he said, “I feel like it’s my job to encourage the Zionism of the people who support Israel in all of their variegated views.”

At the same time, Wolpe is not averse to criticizing the Jewish state, particularly when it comes to the Israeli chief rabbinate’s disenfranchisement of non-Orthodox Jews. “It does stifle the creativity of Judaism,” he argued. “It’s one of the reasons why there’s such a large secular community [in Israel], because there are no alternatives as there are in the States. I wish that there were more separation of synagogue and state, and—as I hope will happen in time—that the state of Israel would grant Jews the same religious freedom that is granted them in the United States.”

It’s an approach that has won him plaudits from many in the commentariat. “David Wolpe is eloquent, bold, and self-confident in ways that make him stand apart from much of the American rabbinate, which is not overstocked with brave men and women, but with careerists and cringers,” said Jeffrey Goldberg, who often quotes Wolpe on his popular Atlantic blog, where he refers to him as the site’s “chief rabbi.” “He is the complete package as a rabbi—I’ve seen him with his congregation, and he functions beautifully as pastor and as spiritual guide, but he’s also unafraid to throw himself into the public arena, and his gifts as a writer and as a speaker make him practically sui generis today.”

When asked about his popularity and success, Wolpe himself is more self-effacing. “In the Kaddish D’rabbanan, we say of scholars ‘al talmideihon v’al talmidei talmideihon’—‘on their students and on their students’ students.’ ” To Wolpe, this means that “your greatest success as a rabbi is if long after you’re gone, your teaching still influences people. And you don’t know that. You don’t whether it will happen or not. So, I hope that I have scored my greatest successes as a rabbi. But if so, it’s hidden from me. But posterity will know—and I’ll just pray that it’s true.”

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jcarpenter says:

God is not a Republican—or a Democrat; neither a Christian nor Jew nor Muslim. Religious leaders and political leaders need to dialogue about what course is right, what is best, but not prescribe nor proscribe for the other.

Obama will bury Israel in a second term. Wolpe should know that

    Care to back up your statement with evidence or a legitimate source?

    you are very foolish if you think this to be true.

    beniyyar says:

    Bill, there has never been an American President so antagonistic or hostile to Israel than Obama. Remember when the French President called Israeli Prime Minister a liar into a “hot” micrphone and Barack Hussein Obama cracked that at least Sarkozy didn’t have to put up with Netanyahu every day!

    Pam Green says:

    Obama’s support for radical Islam is so transparent that it should be a no-brainer for American Jews, and yet the majority still seems to be in denial about this imminent threat. Obama’s choice of a radical Islamic to lead the Muslim prayer at the Democratic convention is only one indication of his true preferences. See http://aifdemocracy.org/2012/the-trouble-with-jumah-at-the-dnc/ for the outrage of moderate Muslims against this obscenity, and see http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/08/29/dncs-islamic-prayer-leader-keynoted-jihad-summer-camp-two-weeks-before-911/ and its links for more information about the terrorist chosen to give the invocation.

    In response to Edward Lobel and Bob D, the evidence is the so-called Arab Spring. Do you think it was not foreseeable that, in the vacuum of power left in Tunisia and Egypt, radical Islamists would seize power? It was obvious ! And yet Obama and flunky Hillary adopted their phony laissez-faire attitude, that “the Egyptians have to choose”. No one in the world bought that BS, except apparently American Jews! And then Obama decides to destroy a secular and pro-Western Libya, giving it to the jackals and when they’ve finished devouring the Libyan corpse, ships them to Syria, well-funded and armed. And now Jordan looks about to fall. So, there you have it. Every border of Israel destabilized, thanks to the treachery and deceit of Obama.

    What more evidence do you need? The fact that Obama is cutting back on the missile defense system, shipping Israel only certain parts, so that the system is non-functional? The fact that Obama did nothing to protect the gas pipeline? The dithering on Iran? The idea being floated that an international government should be installed, superceding Israel’s sovereignty? Please!

      brynababy says:

      You are sick!!

        Pam Green says:

        Why do you say such a thing? Why do you think I’m sick? What I am saying is a very widely held opinion based on concrete facts. Those facts might – and should – upset you. They certainly upset me! But I am not making them up. And for you to insult me for simply mentioning these facts – that really is sick!

        Are you so deeply in denial that you’ve never heard any of this before? Do you not read? Are you insulting me because you just want to be left to believe your ridiculous fantasy, that Obama and the DNC are protecting Israel? Read the Israeli newspapers!

        The Israelis themselves say they can no longer count on America. In fact, the Israelis are desperately trying to find new allies, because America is so unreliable. And guess what? Obama is threatening the countries that Israel is reaching out to. Obama has isolated Israel, armed her enemies, and wants to prevent her from finding new friends.

        Obama has delayed sending military equipment to Israel, and delayed several training maneuvers, to discourage an Israeli strike on Iran. And his latest betrayal is that he has sent word to Iran via two European countries that he will not back up an Israeli strike as long as Iran doesn’t target American ships or installations in the Middle East.
        If you want to stay in denial, that is your problem, not mine. But I hope you research this matter for yourself, and come to realize that what I am saying is valid. Because it doesn’t help Israelis that American Jews are so willfully oblivious.

          amarrae says:

          @Pam Green. My God, you are absolutely right and many others share your views and yet obama may be re-elected and who knows what that SOB will do in the middle east..

          Pam Green says:

          Thank you for responding, Amarrae, and for coming to my defense!
          Yes, the thought of what he might do in the ME if he is re-elected is terrifying. I do take some comfort in the fact that Romney has done so well in the debates; hopefully, he’ll do even better on Monday on the question of foreign policy. And Obama’s odd ‘mistakes’ are hopefully costing him, i.e. his comment to Jon Stewart that the deaths of four Americans in Libya were “not optimal”. What a chilling remark. Even the mother of one of the victims spoke out in disgust.

        amarrae says:

        and you are a fool to not see that she speaks the truth.

Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg says:

What Invocation Rabbi David Wolpe should give at the DNC
Dear God, in your infinite capacity, we pray you send wisdom to the delegates gathered here and instruct them to nominate anyone BUT Barak Obama. In his four years as President he has weakened
and degraded the USA and endanger our allies while emboldening our enemies and terrorists.. He has added 6 trillion new debt and is on course to add more debt himself than all the other US Presidents together. He promised his trillion dollar stimulus would reduce unemployment, but it has been over 8% for 43 straight months, and he will be the first President ever to end his term with fewer Americans working than when he started. Gas prices have doubled since he took office. He refuses to allow drilling on public lands but gives money to Brazil and others to drill. His regulations, the most added ever, stifle economic growth. His administration continually leak classified documents that endanger our soldiers and allies. He bragged about killing Bin Laden, when he hypocritically campaigned against the means they used to find him. He blames all our woes 4 years later on his predecessor, and the weather, when in fact it was his and his leftist buddies Barney Frank, Pelosi Reid whose banking policies of forcing banks to lend to credit unworthy led to the housing collapse which CAUSED the mess we are in. The average middle class family has lost 40% of their wealth in his presidency. He has stalled and delayed and appeased Iran as they march forward to develop nuclear weapons and daily say they want to wipe out Israel. His convention has featured a large Muslim extremist sub convention, even as his administration has hired at least 6 Muslim brotherhood terrorists. He helped push out our best Arab ally of the largest Arab nation Egypt, to be replaced by terrorist Muslim brotherhood leaders. He refused to push for Israel to be included in an international terrorist conference, and just this week announced the promised large contingent of US troop to join Israel in joint exercises to deal with Iran will be scaled back largely. He cuts and cuts and cuts defense so that his own Sec. of Defense says it will jeopardize us, even as he promises the Russian president, in a hot mike he thought was off, he’ll be more flexible in cutting our missiles next term. He has only hate and lies to run on, slandering his opponent and the people that actually produce jobs in this country, he denigrates as millionaires and billionaires as if that is bad, daily. His spiritual adviser for 26 years was an anti Semitic, anti American “(not God bless america, God da-n America” ) communist, rev Wright. He got his start from a guy who brags about trying to blow up the Pentagon, Bill Ayers. His philosophical mentor was Frank Davis, Communist and the formative influences on his world view were the vicious anti Israel Arabs Rashid Khalidi and Edward Said. 4 more years of him will be ruinous for the USA, Israel and the world. Dear God, please have these delegates nominate ANYONE else in this room, not Obama. In 2009 he said in an interview that if he did not get the job done in 3 years, he’d be a one term President. Mr. President, not only did you not get the job done, you mad things much worse. Go back to Chicago and organize some more. That is the one thing you are good at. Let the nation and world heal and clean up the mess you’ve caused. Dear God, please use your infinite capacity to bring wisdom to these leaders for the same of the world. Amen
Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg

Pam Green says:

Despite Rabbi Wolpe’s declaration that he is not endorsing Obama, his appearance at the DNC convention will give the impression of an endorsement to most Americans. If he really wanted the American public to know that he is apolitical, he would have published a statement in the NYTimes or other major newspaper, not in Tablet.

I also think he should be more careful in who he quotes. Did he have to cite Ralph Waldo Emerson, a famously racist American poet? He writes, “Emerson said that the job of the preacher was to show not that God spoke but that God speaks.” Nice sentiment, but a political choice nonetheless.

Let’s face it…this WILL be seen as an endorsement of Obama, and the Dems know it. This is just more pandering and vote pimping. American Jews need to wake up.

CaritaFogde says:

Kol Hakavod to Rabbi Wolpe . This was a great interview given by a great Rabbi ! I think it’s wonderful that a Rabbi is saying a blessing at the convention .
It’s really sad to read all the nasty comments from ignorant people .

    brynababy says:

    Thank God- a voice of reason!

      Reinhardt Schweinmörder says:

      You’ve got a point…we need to pray for Obama, as the state of the world was very dicey when he invaded the oval office and due to his impotent activities the state of affairs is even WORSE for it! Tikkun olam this!

      I’m glad to see your “Thank G*d”…but that’s rather contradictory to the atheistic mantra of the DNC, aka the Douchebagische Nationalsozialistische Arbeiterpartei

person63 says:

Although I admire Rabbi Wolpe, and can understand why he would wish to avoid aligning himself with either political party, I think it’s important to remember that Jewish values don’t allow us to ignore the needs of others. We are supposed to treat workers fairly, be good stewards of the environment, make sure the poor get their basic needs met – things that Republicans often oppose, and Democrats rarely deliver despite claiming they care.

It is hypocritical to “do” religion off in the corner while ignoring the reality that all of humanity is interdependent. You can’t do tikkun olam while praying by yourself and having nice feelings. We live in the world, hence being engaged with it matters. Spirituality isn’t just a private matter, but requires living one’s stated values in relation to others across the full spectrum of life’s activities.

gwhepner says:

THE TIKKUN IN THE TALMUD SCHOLARS’ OLAM Tikkun olam is not found in the writingsof David Wolpe. You’ll find lots of citingsof Talmud texts, talmidei talmidehonbeing sources he rather would play on,these texts the main ones weighing on his mind,On them he puts his focus, to remindhis followers to study them to maketikkun in their olam, and stay awake,promoting a soul-searching that’s as deepas Talmud texts, until they fall asleep.
gwhepner@yahoo.com

Pam Green says:

RABBI WOLPE: YOU MUST NOW DECLINE THE INVITATION TO BLESS THE DNC!!

Now that Obama has declared that Jerusalem is not the capitol of Israel, Rabbi Wolpe, you must not give the blessing!!! What kind of message would you be sending to bless the democratic convention which began on this horrific note? You could do so much good by changing your mind; you could signal to all American Jews that this will not be tolerated! If this does not wake up American Jews to the hypocrisy and treachery and danger of this president, what will?

Is it even Obama’s place, or prerogative, to make such a decision? Is this not another example of his assuming “executive privileges” that exceed his Constitutional rights? And there was no general walkout????

Rabbi Wolpe, Obama has deliberately, with malice, in premeditated fashion, chosen to humiliate Israel in the most public manner possible. He could not have sent a stronger message to the world that his support for Israel is, at best, conditional upon the Israelis surrender to her enemies’ demands. For you to bless the convention under these circumstances would be your everlasting shame, disgracing American Jewry, and endangering Jews worldwide. You must refuse to cooperate in this betrayal!

Pam Green says:

Thank you, Deborah! I agree with you completely and can only hope more American Jews leave the Democratic Party as a result of this! Unfortunately, I was reading Tablet over the weekend, and there were so many Democratic Jews hurling abusive insults at Republican Jews, it was astonishing! All these Obama supporters insisting that Obama was a great champion of Israel!

In case any Democratic Jews wander over to this article, I’ll list a few ‘respectable’ websites I found that are anti-Obama and have interesting information:

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/080912-621683-obama-columbia-years-remain-secret.htm?ven=outbraincp,OutBrainCP&p=2

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/090412-624533-obama-undercuts-israel-by-aiding-its-foes.htm?src=SeeAlso

http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2012/09/dncs-lying-response-to-jerusalem.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/04/dnc-israel-aipac_n_1855842.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/09/04/romney-fires-back-after-dnc-platform-excludes-jerusalem-as-israeli-capital/

I once stayed in Los Angeles for a week and prayed each morning at 7:30 am in Rabbi Wolpe’s Shul. He runs a very warm and welcoming community with great integrity.

I am very dismayed at Rabbi Wolpe especially in light of decreasing support for Israel by President Obama and the recent decision by the democratic national committee to weaken their support for Israel. I hope he understands the broad implications of his benediction tonight and its ultimate implications for the safefy and security of Israel.

Pam Green says:

WOW!!!! Could this be more humiliating? The DNC schedules Rabbi Wolpe at the VERY close of the evening – even after the technical voting by delegates, which no one even stayed for, not even the media! Was Rabbi Wolpe’s prayer even televised? Did it even occur? Was there anyone left in the audience?

So, after that slap in the face to the Jews over Jerusalem, and after the delegates booed the changing of the platform three times, they had to get in one more slap! Insult the rabbi who flew all the way across the country to say a prayer for them!!
It’s as if the DNC is saying, We don’t need no stinking Jewish vote.

On top of this – and something which, to Tablet’s shame, it didn’t prepare us for – it turns out that Wolpe was Monica Lewinsky’s family rabbi!!! And the DNC scheduled Wolpe after Clinton!!! Great lineup, DNC. And then they pushed Wolpe even further down the list, into the wee hours of the night.

The Democratic Party really proved itself to be faithfully following Obama’s pro-Muslim, anti-Jewish agenda. I hope this convinces every Jew in this country to change parties.

Nothing could be clearer – the Democrats have fallen into line with Obama’s anti-Semitic agenda. This is how they reward the loyalty of the Jewish community! Wake up, Jewish Democrats. Are you so self-denigrating that you can take these insults in stride?

    brynababy says:

    This is the most hateful, bigotted, series of comments I have seen in a while. Besides the fact that it is tremendously disrespectful to the Rabbi and to those of us who are incredibly proud of our Democratic membership and our Jewish heritage, the irrelevance of damning Rabbi Wolpe because his Temple is where the Lewinsky’s happened to be members- all those years ago- would be hysterically funny if it weren’t so sick. I repudiate Jews like you. You don’t represent me!

      Pam Green says:

      I am not disrespectful of the rabbi. The DNC was disrespectful to him! I certainly didn’t “damn” him – those are your words, your convenient spin, a distorted take on what I said. And your implication that I am not proud of my Jewish heritage is another illogical, even irrational, slur. You do not make any sense whatsoever.

      It’s neither hysterically funny nor sick to point out that the DNC should not have scheduled Wolpe after Clinton because it most certainly could have been awkward. Because in addition to being Monica Lewinsky’s rabbi, Wolpe had made anti-Clinton remarks in the years since the impeachment scandal, both orally and in print. There was no love lost between them, and there was no practical reason to have scheduled Wolpe directly after Clinton. I wouldn’t be surprised if what the DNC then did to Wolpe was instigated by Clinton as revenge. In any case, to postpone the prayer until after the technical nomination process was unconscionable. Wolpe must have been exhausted. I was on the web looking for a video of his prayer all night, and I’m on the west coast. How do you think it felt for Rabbi Wolpe to say his prayer to a cavernous, empty echo chamber? How can you defend the Democrats for doing this to him?
      There is nothing bigoted about my remarks, but if you think there is, then lay it out. Explain specifically what you find bigoted in my complaints about the disgraceful anti-Semitic behavior of the DNC. And if you can feel “incredibly proud” to be a Democrat, even after the events of yesterday, let alone four years of Obama’s pro-Islamic, anti-Israel agenda, then you are either delusional or you are a self-hating Jew.

        “The Democratic Party really proved itself to be faithfully following Obama’s pro-Muslim, anti-Jewish agenda.” That was the bigoted part, honey.

          Pam Green says:

          How so? Who in the Democratic Party has spoken out against Obama in the last 4 years? Their silence is a form of collusion. They passively acquiesced to everything he did. And if they did not want to attack him directly, they could have at least attempted to address the dominance of the party by the ‘far left’, which has turned into a propaganda vehicle for anti-Semitism.

          You still don’t get it.

          Pam Green says:

          If that’s your argument, I can only conclude that you have none.

          Pam Green says:

          If that’s your argument, I can only conclude that you have none.

          Pam Green says:

          If that’s your argument, I can only conclude that you have none.

          Pam Green says:

          If that’s your argument, I can only conclude that you have none.

Pam Green says:

WOW!!!! Could this be more humiliating? The DNC schedules Rabbi Wolpe at the VERY close of the evening – even after the technical voting by delegates, which no one even stayed for, not even the media! Was Rabbi Wolpe’s prayer even televised? Did it even occur? Was there anyone left in the audience?

So, after that slap in the face to the Jews over Jerusalem, and after the delegates booed the changing of the platform three times, they had to get in one more slap! Insult the rabbi who flew all the way across the country to say a prayer for them!!
It’s as if the DNC is saying, We don’t need no stinking Jewish vote.

On top of this – and something which, to Tablet’s shame, it didn’t prepare us for – it turns out that Wolpe was Monica Lewinsky’s family rabbi!!! And the DNC scheduled Wolpe after Clinton!!! Great lineup, DNC. And then they pushed Wolpe even further down the list, into the wee hours of the night.

The Democratic Party really proved itself to be faithfully following Obama’s pro-Muslim, anti-Jewish agenda. I hope this convinces every Jew in this country to change parties.

Nothing could be clearer – the Democrats have fallen into line with Obama’s anti-Semitic agenda. This is how they reward the loyalty of the Jewish community! Wake up, Jewish Democrats. Are you so self-denigrating that you can take these insults in stride?

I am a christian and friend of the IDF. I do like Romney’s business experience, but his Gordon Gecko-esque tenure at Bain Capital concerns me. I also have a problem with him calling himself pro-life. In fact, Romneycare provided for taxpayer funded abortifacients (Pharmaceuticals that cause spontaneous abortion) How many evangelicals and catholics know this? He also is continually calling himself a christian to gain votes, when most of us learned in Sunday school that this is not the case.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGFAph3lWqw

    Pam Green says:

    Vote Democrats into Congress, and vote Romney for President. Obama will work to destroy Israel completely if he is given a second term!

brynababy says:

Your information is old! Get a grip on the truth in stead of spouting these distorted lies. Israel thanks God for Obama and all he has done for Israel! You idiots are so blinded by your racist brains that all that comes out of you is garbage!

    Pam Green says:

    Oh, so now anyone who sees through Obama is a racist? That’s old! That’s very old, and very lame! In fact, you’re the racist, and I base that on your remark above, where you write “Hear, hear” in response to Edward Lobel’s statement that “the one advantage g-d gave you over everyone elsein the world has and that is a Jewish brain.” That’s racism, my dear! You claim to have a better brain because you’re Jewish? What an old, lame stereotype! If you want a brain, you have to use it! It’s a muscle. It needs to be exercised.

I could never understand how one jew could vote for man who goes to a church over 20 years.that hates Israel that hates Jews and hates America is this some suicidal desire I will show how big I love the anti-Semite

I could never understand how one jew could vote for man who goes to a church over 20 years.that hates Israel that hates Jews and hates America is this some suicidal desire I will show how big I love the anti-Semite

John Salisbury says:

Wolpe was trounced in debates with the late Christopher Hitchens.

At least with Obama you know what you are getting. If you do some research on what Romney believes it is downright kooky to say the least.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92L4LHcT75s&feature=relmfu

shayna Tashish says:

Wolpe made an error in judgment by attending and endorsing this POTUS. And look at what happened- the Dems were ready to attack us with forks and knives in the end. Did you hear them screaming wildly to leave out the word G-d- a bunch of heathens they are!!! Pam Green is totally right on. At least we have one outspoken defender for our cause, that of human rights and respect for our people.

Janet Cohen says:

Rabbi Wolpe is the biggest of all self loathing Jews, sucking right up to Obama. His blessing when this POTUS has had nothing but utter contempt for Israel and its leader, Netnayahu, is appalling. He is showing the worst side of us, the weak side that is ready to bow down and beg for forgiveness for all those right wing radicals who demand Israel be left alone, to be a Jewish state. Obama has given billions of dollars, for their war against the Jews to both Fayad and Abbas, (both were unelected and hold power by sheer dictate and force). Also it should be mentioned that Fayyad runs a totally illegal boycott of Jewish goods on the West Bank. All sanctioned by Kerry and Obama. And here is a man, Rabbi Wolpe, of Beverly Hills, who has the ear of the President and the world, and says nothing. What a loser

Shelly Kovacs says:

Wolpe is a fool used by the POTUS, and another court jester. I can see him now with bells on his toes dancing in front of his King, or Sultan. Such a disgrace he is.

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Not Another ‘Rabbi for Obama’

David Wolpe insists that delivering a benediction at the Democratic Convention is not a political endorsement