Below is a letter I wrote in response to A.S, which was posted Monday on YWN.
I would like to thank you for your support right at the most crucial moment in time. Please understand that I write this partial rebuttal in good faith.
While I am also a little disappointed at Shmuel Lefkowitz from Agudath Israel and other organizations, my disappointment has nothing to do with intermarriage.
Intermarriage is not a license to hurt anyone, even verbally. We should reach out to them and help them. We do not fully understand their Yezter Harah. Of course, we cannot allow them to be Hazzan, or give them any religious honor. We do have a requirement to honor them as elected officials. Even Moshe Rabbenu had to honor Par’oh.
Unfortunately, many leaders don’t seem to realize the difference between honoring an elected official and supporting a candidate, who happens to be an elected official.
In addition, truth be told that to save a life we must do almost anything, and this would include supporting an intermarried individual for public office.
However, we all know the “big three” sins that we must give up our lives, and kal vachomer any amount of money donated to Yeshivas, paid advertisements and other non-profit organizations. One of those big three sins is two males “marrying”.
Those individuals supporting Weiner and Cymbrowitz are indirectly supporting gay marriage, and in Cymbrowitz’s case, he wants to force Yeshivas to teach the concept of two mommies and two daddies to 5-year-old children!!!
This is an issue that will directly affect us. This is why Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, who never endorsed a candidate before, has endorsed my campaign against Cymbrowitz.
With regards to Hamodia, I was told that they featured an article about my campaign in their daily paper yesterday.
The title of this letter would be more along the lines of “Why is ______________ (fill in the blank with all supporters of Weiner and Cymbrowitz) promoting same-gender marriage?”
Again, I thank you, Yeshiva World News, and everyone else here for your support, and for those of you that are eligible to vote for me, please vote Joseph Hayon today.
(YWN Desk – NYC)