Not too long ago on the Obama website appeared a list of “613 rabbis for Obama.”
In the last few days in an article named ” Rabbi Rosenberg From “‘Rabbis’ 4 Romney’ Writes An Urgent Plea To The ‘613 Rabbis For Obama'” has been circulating in the Internet: I contacted Rabbi Dr. Bernhard H. Rosenberg and had a candid conversation with him, which I am pleased to share:
NG: Can you tell us from which community are you, how many people are in your congregation and few words about you
Rabbi R.: I am the spiritual leader and the township chaplain of Congregation Beth-El, Edison, New Jersey. I received my ordination and Doctorate of Education from Yeshiva University in New York. I also possess M.S. degrees in communication and education and a Doctor of Divinity from The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. I teach at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Yeshiva University in New York.
I am the author of several books, the latest is, ‘Public Speaking – A Guide for Study’. I recently received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award and I hold the Chaplain of the Year Award from The New York Board of Rabbis for my efforts during and following the disaster of 9-11. I frequently appear on radio and TV and have published hundreds of articles regarding the Holocaust. For six years I have served on the New Jersey State Holocaust Commission as an interfaith chairman.
NG: Over a month ago, six hundred Jewish rabbis expressed their support for Obama and gave the impression that the Jewish vote is in Obama’s pocket. You, on the other hand have a list of 80 rabbis for Romney, who support him. Why are you right to support Romney?
Rabbi R.: The economy is a complete disaster. People are unemployed and many have lost their home. Statistics and the media lie; we need a change. The rabbis however are doing well financially. If they themselves could not feed their family, lost their home and pension they will not be so liberal.
Most Jews are living in the past. The Democratic party of today is not the one of yesterday. At the recent Democratic convention they booed Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. The message was clear. We are dealing with a party that was hijacked by Moslems, Leftists, socialists and Israel haters and that is a very bad sign. The message should have been very clear to every Jew, you are wrong to vote Democrat.
I have been one of the few rabbis against Obama from the time he began running for president. He is a socialist, he has bent backward for the Arab-Palestinians in account of Israel, and apologizes to the Moslem world on behalf of America and I do not like it one bit.
Most of the rabbis have no cojones (courage). Most Jews are liberal and therefore, these “613 rabbis for Obama” can be open about their support for him; it will not cost them the wrath of their congregation, rather they will have their support.
NG: Thank you.
Rabbi R.: please permit me to repeat some words and make a strong analysis statement here:
The Democratic Party no longer speaks to my people, either ethically nor politically. The Democratic Party has redirected its focus to an alien place that is antagonistic to everything my youth admired and craved for.
What better example than to see that “G-d and Jerusalem” were deleted from the initial platform of the Democratic Party in their last convention. What other sovereign nation in the world is denied the right to name its’ own capital? Anti-Israel has become the code word for anti-Semitism and every Jew in the United States must understand this whether they are supporters of Israel or not. To the Nazi government it did not matter whether you were a practicing Jew or a Jewish denier. You walked hand and hand, side by side, into the gas chambers.
NG: The rabbis who support Obama – rabbis for Obama – have published their names and their communities; do the rabbis for Romney intend to do so and when?
Rabbi R.: Some of the 613 Rabbis for Obama have been attacked by their congregations and have been ridiculed in the press. I do not want the same to happen to the ‘rabbis for Romney.’ I have an army of supporters and my e-mails are reaching tens of thousands of people who are willing to listen.
NG: How do you explain that according to all the polls seventy percent of Jews still vote for Obama, and how do you think to change it significantly, or is it a Jewish internal protest – and nothing else?
Rabbi R.: I am a child of Holocaust survivors. I do not trust Obama when it comes to many issues but especially with his dealing with Iran. Israel needs to lose one war and it will be another Holocaust!
The majority of Jewish voters are still very much in the camp of the present day Democratic Party. Is there a lack of critical thinking? Is there a sense of misplaced guilt? Is it a matter of inertia? I do not have the answers. What I do know is that all of us are living in perilous times. Whether Zionist or not, the fate of Israel is inexorably tied up with the fate of Jews worldwide.
Anti-Semitism is on the rise throughout Europe, concomitant with the growth of the Islamic communities all over this continent.
I am not certain what a Republican victory would mean for the future of the United States. I do know however what the present path means and that scares me beyond adequate words.
NG: What happened last night at the debate between President Obama and Governor Romney?
Rabbi R.: I am a professor of public speaking. Last night Obama’s body language said, I am superior than you [Romney], I am the president, how dare you be on the same stage with me! Obama was advised by his handlers to play it safe and that is why he did not go after Romney with vengeance for a knockout punch. In his mind, Obama wanted to be presidential, but because of his dislike for Romney he could not get himself to do what he really wanted to do.
But, do not underestimate Obama. Never underestimate your enemy. He will be coached to come out fighting in the next debate. I think it is up to Romney to be ready for a knockout fight. It is either Romney will knockout Obama or vice-versa. Anything can happen in the next two weeks and anyone can win the next two weeks. It will be a mistake to give too much treatment to Romney’s first debate victory. He has not won the election yet. Romney and his people and all his supporters cannot afford to let their guard down and let our defense down. It is possible that the Obama camp has underestimated Romney and we need to be prepared for Obama’s next comeback move.
Last night Romney won his first round and changed things around. Now and until the election, we must work even harder to get Romney elected. For the sake of America and Israel we dare to fail.
NG: Do you have any closing statement?
Rabbi R.: If Obama is reelected, America and Israel are doomed. I will do anything that is in my power to mobilize rabbis and the public at large to have Obama defeated.
NG: Do you agree that Obama Vs Romney, means style Vs. substance and these past 4-years Obama’s ‘style’ has not worked and has taken America close to the cliff of a total disaster?
Rabbi R.: For the sake of the USA and Israel – Obama is OUT and Romney is IN.
NG: Thank you rabbi Rosenberg.