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Voting & Judaism

Posted on 11/05/2012 @ 09:40 PM

Before getting into the fundamentals of core election issues, one question sparked a thoughtful conversation. Seventeen-year-old Rosie Lenoff from Northern Virginia asked, “Why does my Judaism matter when it comes to voting?”

Elissa Koppel, 16 years old from Shorewood, WI, had a response. Elissa feels that “we’re raised as Jews with a certain belief system and are taught to take that belief system and express it to others. As Jews, we have a duty to help others and by sharing our beliefs via voting, we are helping them understand issues the way we do.”

Rosie listened to Elissa’s reply and later, when the question was brought up again, she said, “I am very passionate about my Judaism – I want to become a rabbi – but I believe in the separation of church and state. How can we say other people’s views are wrong when we as Jews are so proud of supporting certain sides of issues just because we are Jewish?”

This is just one of many examples where teens at Voice Your Vote have gotten the chance to voice their own opinions. More to come…

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