As a longtime observer of politics, I am confused as to why some of the very same askanim who oppose David Weprin for Congress are supporting Phil Goldfeder for Assembly. As far as I can tell, their position on just about every major issue is identical.
For starters, both Weprin and Goldfeder have been endorsed by the anti-yeshiva United Federation of Teachers (UFT). Both have made it clear that they do not support vouchers for yeshiva children (the UFT won’t endorse you if you do support vouchers).
Both Weprin and Goldfeder are endorsed by the radical left-wing Working Families Party (WFP). That might explain why Weprin voted for same-gender marriage and Goldfeder refused to say that he would vote against it at a recent debate. That probably also explains why both Weprin and Goldfeder have said that they want to raise taxes to pay for bigger government (the WFP won’t endorse you unless you support raising taxes).
Both Weprin and Goldfeder are being supported by the most liberal of New York’s politicians including: NYS Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver. Yes, the same Shelly Silver who wrote the law for same-gender marriage and led the effort to pass it. In fact, Silver was a headliner for both Weprin & Goldfeder at two separate fundraisers making it clear that each of them are pledged to support Silver and his liberal agenda.
So remind me please, what’s the difference between David Weprin and Phil Goldfeder?
Oh, I know of one. While they both claim to be Orthodox Jews, Weprin is a “baal tshuva” and Goldfeder is “frum from birth.” As a result, Weprin doesn’t wear a yarmulke and Phil wears a velvet one. So let me get this straight: if you wear a yarmulke and went to yeshiva you are held to a LOWER standard than the guy who only recently became frum?
That just doesn’t make any sense. In fact, it should be the opposite. I can understand (although don’t excuse) someone like Weprin, who is a “baal tshuva,” not completely adopting the philosophy of the frum community. I can not understand how someone who went to yeshiva his whole life, like Goldfeder, would refuse to publicly state that he is absolutely and unequivocally opposed to same-gender marriage.
So remind me again, what’s the difference between David Weprin and Phil Goldfeder?
Rabbi A. Hirsh – Brooklyn, NY
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