A group of nearly twenty Brooklyn rebbetzins released a letter today, expressing their support for Councilman Chaim Deutsch’s campaign for Congress.
In their letter, these community leaders expressed the significance of the upcoming June election, stating, in part: “Do not underestimate the impact that our community could have by electing a frum member to Congress. In addition to being a counterweight to the antisemitism that we have seen displayed by sitting Congress members, Chaim Deutsch will be in a position to be a powerful advocate for the values and principles that are the very foundation of our way of life.”
In response to the support, Chaim Deutsch said, “The Rebbetzins of our community play a crucial role in guiding so many aspects of our daily lives. I am humbled by their support, and grateful for their strong leadership. This election will be groundbreaking for the future of this district, and I am grateful for the support of so many significant leaders.”
The full text of the letter:
To the communities of Midwood, Flatbush, Marine Park, Sheepshead Bay, Kensington, and Crown Heights:
Our community is facing an important race for US Congress this June. Our local Councilman Chaim Deutsch will be on the ballot, running to represent us in Washington. We have a unique opportunity to make history, and uplift our voices from local government chambers to the national stage. If elected, he will be the first frum member of the House of Representatives.
Do not underestimate the impact that our community could have by electing a frum member to Congress. In addition to being a counterweight to the antisemitism that we have seen displayed by sitting Congress members, Chaim Deutsch will be in a position to be a powerful advocate for the values and principles that are the very foundation of our way of life.
The stakes are high for the Congressional primary that will take place this June. It’s not just Chaim Deutsch’s name on the ballot – he’s running against an incumbent who has demonstrated disrespect for our community on numerous occasions. We have the rare opportunity to implement consequences for that behavior: let’s vote her out and elect one of our own.
This election will be like none we have ever seen before. Let’s seize the day and reclaim our voice as a community.
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I am surprised by this letter. The rebbetzins seem to be unaware that to remain in Congress and get good assignments, you have to toe the party line. If he gets elected, he may try with all his might to be a counterforce to the current agenda but it won’t get him anywhere. If Deutsch was truly principled, he would not run understanding that he will be pressured to agree with positions contrary to his true beliefs if he wants to remain in Congress.
“. In addition to being a counterweight to the antisemitism that we have seen displayed by sitting Congress members”
What party is he going to run on? Can he really be a counterweight if The Party silences him after an election?
We don’t have frum female leaders we are not reform a women may not be a leader or any Srarah how low have we fallen
Wow, just to avoid the ban on non-profits making political endorsements kol kevuda bas Melech penima was …
He’s a Democrat. That means he has to do what Nancy Pelosi says or his office will be in the Men’s Room. Don’t vote for any Democrat. Look what happened to Rabbi Yehiel Kalish in Illinois. Vote Republican for a better America.
Like many of the other letters we see nowadays, I’m going to guess someone with an agenda wrote this and then went to these women asking them to sign on. I truly doubt they all met, spoke, discussed and debated and then together drafted this letter.
We have many self selected community leaders who push their own agendas. I also agree with emes100 that this idea of “female leaders” is not really one we should be embracing. These women are all choshuve people I would probably trust to have wise and torahdig opinions but somehow got caught up in this.
Regarding running for Congress, that’s something I would discuss with a true community leader with knowledge of this matter.
to emes100, Why do you say we do not have Frum female leaders?
The Jewish Nation and its history have for thousands of years had and still have the most amazing Frum female leaders. The fact that they function with dignity and Tznius does not preclude them from being leaders.
How about Miriam Hanaviah? Mama Rochel? Rebetzin Sara Schnierer? Rebetzin Alte Feige and so many of them quietly changing the world for the better!!
I think the Frum female leaders should empower themselves more in these trying times as Moshiach will come because of their leadership!!! They will be the ones ringing in Moshaich to our salvation!!