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Alaska’s Jewish Community on Palin Selection

election.jpgAlaska’s Governor Sarah Palin, a relative unknown to most Americans until she was named McCain’s running mate this Friday, enjoys wide popularity in her home state and the respect of the broader Jewish community there, Rabbi Yossi Greenberg, Chabad’s representative to Alaska’s Jewish community told

“She’s established a great relationship with the Jewish community over recent years, and has attended several of our Jewish cultural gala events,” he said.

Palin has shown solidarity with Israel by signing a State of Alaska Resolution recognizing Israel’s 60th Anniversary and its relationship with Alaska. In the resolution, Governor Palin pointed to Alaska’s special connection to Israel dating back to Alaska Airlines’ participation in the rescue of 40,000 Yemenite Jews when it airlifted them from Yemen to Tel Aviv during 1948 and 1949. 

Drafted by members of the Alaska Legislation and heavily supported by Speaker of the House, Representative John Harris, Governor Palin signed the resolution in the presence of Alaska’s Jewish community leaders this June. 

According to Greenberg, Governor Palin had plans to visit Israel with members of the Jewish community, which did not happen yet because of scheduling conflicts.

On a personal level, Greenberg was “impressed by Governor Palin’s remarks of hope and faith when she gave birth to a child with special needs.” Her words, he observed, were completely aligned with Judaism’s traditional views on embracing the birth of child with special needs as a gift of G-d, no less than is the birth of any baby.

Though Greenberg was unequivocal in stating that Chabad representatives do not endorse political candidates, and as spiritual leaders reach out to anyone regardless of political affiliation, he did say, “We all feel that the Governor is a remarkable, energetic, and good person.”


7 Responses

  1. Personally I don’t like the idea of a woman on the ticket, especially an inexperienced one like her. (Although Obama, who is on TOP of ticket, and is running for President, not Vice-President, is even more inexperienced with no executive experience. Besides being a freshman Senator, he was only a State Legislator a mere 4 years ago.) Nevertheless, regarding the Buchanan issue, in fact Palin was a declared supporter of Steve Forbes for President in 2000. In fact she was the Forbes campaign co-chair in Anchorage. She did welcome Buchanan to Wasilla, Alaska (where she was Mayor) when he visited in ‘99, but she was not a supporter. The false rumors are a result of an erroneous Associated Press story from ‘99 implying she supported Buchanan. Palin wrote a letter to the editor back in ‘99, immediately after the AP story ran, stating she did not support Buchanan.

  2. Town Crier,

    “But how do they feel about the fact that in 2000 she endorsed Pat Buchanan (who some lable a “Nazi Sympathizer”) for president of the United States? (Over Bush and McCain, et al)…”

    Uh, it’s hard to “feel” about something that didn’t happen. Ms. Palin corrected the AP story immediately after.

    An ‘A’ for effort, though.

  3. bacci40,

    58th Century. And I practice the same religion that was practiced 3,000 years ago. Any problems?

    If traditionalists offend you, perhaps you are in the wrong place. But we do believe in respective role differences between men and women.

    As far as the virtue issue, from what is known it appears to be a fault of her 17 year old child, and not something you can necessarily blame the parent for.

  4. bacci40,

    Your comment is illogical.

    Hold whatever you want. If you want to hold that a the country should be led by the first 20 people in the Boston phone book, go right ahead. Its your constitutional right.

    You cannot necessarily blame all children’s actions on their parents. Some of the greatest leaders in history have had some rather unsavory children.

    Now please return to the derech. Even if you are not constitutionally obligated to do so.

  5. isn’t it so nice how Joseph and bacci40 are having such, a mature, adultlike discussion? Maybe if you come to my city, you can come over and play with my 5 year old brother.

    that being said, I think that Palin will provide the U.S with someone who is balanced, and actually understands the American people. She is pro life and anti gay marriage … what else do you want?

    also, the fact that her daughter is pregnant is not neccessarily her fault. and even if she has exhibited bad parenting, how will that affect her ability to run a country?

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