PHILADELPHIA (JTA) – Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, a major leader of the U.S. haredi Orthodox community, said his followers should vote for Donald Trump in November.
The reason? Gratitude.
“Yes, I think people should vote for him. He’s done a good job. It’s ‘hakaras hatov,’” he told Mishpacha, a weekly magazine aimed at an Orthodox Jewish audience, using the Hebrew words for gratitude. The 95-year-old rabbi said it would be “worrisome” if the president loses.
While the majority of American Jews vote for Democrats, the Orthodox community has increasingly favored Republican candidates in recent years. The Pew Research Center’s 2013 survey of American Jews found that 64% of ultra-Orthodox Jews considered themselves to be politically conservative.
anyone who does not vote for Trump, is plain crazy !!!!!
Unbelieveable. Last election I am told that Rabbi Kamenetsky said to not vote for Hillary because she lies. Trump lied over 20,000 and the death toll in US IS OVER 150,000 and keeps rising. Should I have Hakoros Hatov to Trump. I respectfully disagree. i am grateful to Hashem and I trust in Hashem. Hashem casts aside false people, I am not going to welcome them. I will be guided by Hashem.
People like to bring up AOC and the radical left, ut if the Democratic part was the Radical Left, than Bernie sanders would have won. Biden has never been bad to the Jewish community.
From Lesson in Truth Chofetz Chaim
The Book of Melachim tells of a prophetic vision where Hashem set into motion the events that would bring about the death of the wicked King Achav.
Hashem said “who will entice Achav so that he will go up (to wage war) and fall at Ramos Gilad? And the spirit came forth and stood before Hashem and said “I will entice him.” Hashem said to him, How? (the spirit) said. “I will go forth and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all (Achav’s) prophets (and they will convince him that he will be victorious).” Hashem said “you will entice and also prevail. Go out and do so. (I melachim 22:20-22).”
The spirit was that of Navos HaYizrae’li, whom Achav’s wife had executed when he refused to sell Achav a vineyard which was adjacent to the king’s palace. The Talmud relate (Sanhedrin 102b) that when Hashem told Navos’ spirit “leave my Presence!” for “one who tells lies shall not be established before my eyes.”
Yad Ramah explains: Although Hashem consented to allow the spirit to carry out its suggestion, HE banished it from his presence.
I wasn’t sure for whom I would vote, buy now I know. It is our duty to obey the Gedoilim. Thank you. This should end all discussion of this on this frum site. Let’s move on.
It reminds of when Covid hit Eretz Yisroel and the Gedolim at first said don’t close the yeshivos. The Gedolim were making decisions based on the information they given and once the severity of the disease and how the disease is spread was made known to the Gedolim you then saw the images of the Gedolim davening alone! I think it is the same here. I take comfort in the fact that most Orthodox Jews live in Blue states. The vote will not lead to a victory for Donald Trump nor will it lead to a defeat of Biden. So many yiddishe Neshomos were lost because of Trump and his enablers. No one is going to tell me that Ivanka and Jared are not making a Chilul Hashem as they simultaneously tell all they Orthodox and are Mechala Shabbos. I wish good health to Rabbi Kamenetsky, and mean no disrespect. I will not follow his suggestion.
America has no allies anymore. Our power on the world stage has diminished. If America is not Strong, America can’t help Israel.
Wait until his Rebbetzin finds out he is endorsing a rushha merusha whose entire reelection campaign relies on a non existent vaccine.
don’t disagree unless you are on equal footing as rav shmuel. i don’t know who you are but if you are just a simpleton like me, please don’t argue with people greater than you, at least not in public
Biden is a vicious anti Israel politician. He yelled like a lunatic at Natanyahu. Any rabbi who supports Biden is a traitor to the Jewish people. Trump 2020
Rabbi Kamenetzky should tell Tamar Epstein to separate from her fake husband and receive a get from her real husband.
B”h we have Gedolim to tell is the Emes. You liberal evil bums you are lowlife.
You must do Teshiva before it’s to late!
i, too, respectfully disagree. Trump will destroy us.
ALL ROBONIM SHOULD ENDORSE TRUMP THIS YEAR !!!!!!
he is the ONLY normal candidate to lead America as America s/b led. he is good to the Yidden, good to Israel, good to American citizens…………………….
Lo chorvah Yerushalayim ela bishvill shebizu talmide chachamim !!!!
A gadol has spoken. No excuse the be mevatel zman on the political narishkeit. Sit and learn till Nov 3rd, go out and vote for Trump and the other candidates that support him most, and go back to the beis midrash.
May the Rosh Yeshiva Shlita be maarich yomim vishanim metoch brias hanefesh ubrios haguf!
It defies imagination that a frum Jew can have such a lack of hakaros hatov and at the same time be so blind to what the Democratic party is devolving into.
Hamiveh talmid chacham ain lo chleck loalam habaah (certainly the gadol hador) don’t let your yetzer harsh send you to gehenom
To all the people we are not voting for trump, he will be ok if he looses. We are voting for the future of our kids grandkids, country and freedom of speech. Maga 2020
Those of you who think Biden has been great for the Jews, I will suggest you Google what Menachem Begin told him many years ago.
Anyone with a half a brain could see who the democRATic party is. They support the Iran deal which allow Iran to build nukes to kill off millions of Israeli Jews. They support letting violent criminals out of jail so you the public can get hurt. They support looting and rioting and defunding the police. Anyone who does not vote for Trump has Jewish blood on their hand. I recall 1960s where two thousand people would be killed in New York on city streets and many were jewish store owners. Vote Trump 2020.
Since when is hakaras hatov a good reason to vote in a president?? I have lots of hakaras hatov for my mother, but im not voting her in as president.
Unfortunately not every commentator has been blessed with common sense. To blame Trump for the Corona fallout is being out of touch with reality. Trump has done an extraordinary job in being President. You need to be totally off the wall to consider this country be run by a senile Biden or any other leftist demoRAT.
Be real and dont fool yourself
At what point to do we stop worshipping these so-called “gedoilim?” They were wrong about social distancing at the beginning of the mageifa, they support an adulterous chazer for president…. These “gedoilim” are coming off as real krotzers
First of all if you are going against the Gadol Hador, you definitely have no chelek in Torah and have nothing to do with Yidden at all, because thats what it says in our Torah. to ppl like “Dahlia” or whatever you name is mabe try a reform news website where they have Rabbi Debra Wasserman as the head or something, because you are truly missing some commen sense. WHERES YOUR BRAINS, no wonder why we are still in golus. besides the fact that trump outdid the obama campaign (where biden was vice president), you cant compare the achievments that he did. Dont get me started just use your common sense, for jews to vote for Biden that means you support iran because obama was the one that was buildng up iran, as oppsed to trump that moved the emabasy to yerushalyim. anyone that votes for biden, after how much trump stood up for the jews is missing something and needs a psychiatrist
Worshipping gedolim? Some old man? It is NO wonder that Hashem is punishing us. There’s a mageifa. It’s Tisha bAv today! This is how you talk abt gedolim? It says that when Moshiach comes we will say kedusha to them too. I am so saddened by some of the comments here. על אלה אני בוכי-ה
obviously in 2016 the Rav implied hillary was a liar becasue he was referring to her politics in which she lied and she was no yet an incumbent…but trump had not been in politics until he ran and, as reported, the Rav highlighted that Trump was surrounded by people who were inclined toward Yiddishkeit and the klal and therefore taking those considerations into account, trump was the obvious choice among 2 NONINCUMBENTS. BUT NOW TRUMP IS THE INCUMBENT AND THE FRUM VOTE IS A STATEMENT , and therefore it is very dangerous for the frum community to not give public support for trump because of all subsequent elections ( the frum vote doesnt actually decide an election).
Thank you For having gedolim who have guts to endorse Trump while the corrupt askunim pressure rabbonim not to endorse Trump. Even in 2016 they threatened rabbonim and others not to endorse Trump.
Four years ago many including myself were disgusted by the brash, insulting manner of Mr Trump. I was very worried about how Trump would interact with world leaders. How he would get anything done with congress or senate if all he does is insult people. Four years later, I see the same Mr Trump, but I also see the lawlessness, and anarchy going on in America. I see a democratic party which more and more is becoming beholden to anti-Semitic and anti Israel elements. I see a democratic party advocating a disgusting and depraved “progressive” social agenda. There is no doubt in my mind Mr. Biden will be a puppet in the hands of the leftist liberals now running the Democratic party. How anyone can vote for Biden is beyond me.
What makes you so sure trump will lose ? Like any elections either side is a risk . Bmg many years ago voted for corzine and he lost . Christie never forgave. It’s never always a win but you vote for what’s right
Tehran Nancy the democrat speaker of the house just endorsed rabid Jew hater Tlaib for reelection after endorsing her fellow Jew hater last week for her reelction. This is the modern Democrat party supporting and defending Jew haters.
I’m surprised people on this site are wasting their valuable time arguing with anti-Trump Jews. They are the neturei karta of yiddishkeit right now. May G-d bless their souls and forgive them because they dont know what they’re saying or doing. Luckily Democrats and media want Trump to win and are backhandedly helping him by fronting a brain damaged candidate and running fake poll numbers to support him. Democrats are raising to much money and winning too many congressional seats being “anti-trump”…and the media is making more money then ever in recorded history being anti-trump. After Trump wins then the Fed will crash the economy and the media will blame the collapse on Trump instead of blaming the corrupt banking sector and wall street. Moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures will be lifted and will result in 20 million Americans to lose their homes this crash. In the end Americans will do chuva and be well behaved listeners of the media who tried to help them by trying to protect them from the evil Don the Con who they will say destroyed the economy with hus mishandling of the virus and corrupt economic policies. Eventually goyim will wake up to all this and kill all the Jews regardless of their political leanings or religious affiliations. If you know Jews in the media, wallstreet, the medical community or supporting the Democrat right now party tell them they’re putting us all in great danger and they should quit their jobs in these corrupt industries.
As any doctor will tell you, you first get rid of the known cancer (Trump) and then worry about the other organs if they are cancerous. The immoral orange imbecile is now talking about delaying election day. For a rabbi who is an anti-vaxxer, he claims to know what’s best for the USA?
“Charles B. Hall” same to you and the rest of the interesting ppl here.
Wasn’t this the same Gadol that told people in the US not to vaccinate?
Was that also considered Daas Torah?
Anyone not voting for Trump, is an idiot.
Voting Trump is a no brainer. It’s common sense for any normal Jew to vote Trump unless he is a lefty self hater.
I can’t vote for slippery fingers hairy legged, Joe Biden. He is a priviliged white draft dodger who was busy feeling up women while his buddies were being slaughtered on the killing fields of Vietnam and Cambodia. He should hang his empty head in shame. His 6 defferments are a disgrace. He can’t be trusted to be the leader of the free world.
TRUMP MAKES AMERICA GREAT WITH TRUTH !!!!!!!!!!!!! BIDEN , CLINTON ,OBAMA , PELOSI , ALL DEMOCRATS ARE LIARS , DETRUCTIVE , BRAINLESS , AND PLAIN FOOLISH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Philly alumni of 5,000 now voting Trump. Those annoyed by Philly alumni turned up noses now voting against Trump. Effect equals zero.
To all of the Vin Commentators- The Rabbi is entitled to his opinion, no matter what his profession is. If you disagree with him, vote for the candidate of your choice. If you agree with him, then also vote for the candidate of your choice. I disagree with the comments by the author of the Facebook posting at the top. It is not uncommon for Rabbonim to publicly support one candidate over the other. Also, in the past, officials of other governments have publicly supported Presidential candidates in the USA. For example, in 1968, the Israeli Ambassador to the USA at that time, was General Yitzchak Rabin (later to come the Prime Minister of Israel). He publicly supported Richard M. Nixon for President.
Trump was born to win it’s thet simple ……. BIDEN AND THE FREAK DEMOCRATS WERE BORN TO LOSE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Obviously this “RABBI” is too busy trying to gain favor to learn his weekly AVOS. 5:19 is very clear, From the students of Bilaam Harasha. He choose to ignore Hilchos O’onah. He choose to ignore Kamtza & Bar Kamtzah. I just can’t stand these gedolim that do NOT live the torah, but try to tell us how to live. In Sotah 5a it is abundent clear, Those with gaiveh, and haughtiness will not escape Gehinim,. Or Tehillim 10:2, I could go on and on.
tell the good rabbi to not stick his face where it doesn’t belong
Trump is the Greatest !!! EVERY rabbi endorses TRUMP !!!!!
It makes sense that one of the greatest Rabbis would know who is the greatest president .