A new four-session course
presenting a non-partisan, Jewish view of the hot-button 2016 election issues

Join us for four Wednesdays
Starting August 10, 2016

8:00-9:00 p.m.

Rabbi's Lounge @ Bridgeworks
780 Long Beach Rd
Long Beach, NY 11561


For more information:
Call: 516-574-3905
Email: [email protected]



The stories in the newspapers are heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. Another person came with firearms and starting shooting at people. In a movie theater, a classroom, the workplace—it was the same horrific scene.

What are we supposed to do about gun violence? Should we seek to change permissive gun laws? Should we alter restrictive gun laws? How do we balance competing interests? Should we let the evil of the few result in a restriction of freedom for the many? What teachings from the Torah are relevant to this topic, and how might they shape the discussion?


Today, we face some significant debates about immigration. There is a lot of discussion about what to do with those who are in the U.S. illegally. This debate is so sharp that people cannot even agree on the correct term for such people: “undocumented immigrants” or “illegal aliens.”

But a broader debate rages about the overall immigration issue. There are those who want the U.S. to become more lax with its immigration policy, allowing more people into this country at a quicker pace and with fewer restrictions. In fact, there are some who go so far as to say there should be no restrictions whatsoever on any immigration. On the other hand, there are those who would like to see less immigration and want to be more cautious about who is allowed to enter and reside in this land.

What teachings from the Torah are relevant to this topic, and how might they shape the discussion?

WEALTH & LEADERSHIP A Torah Perspective

Is it an asset or a liability for a leader to have personal wealth?

The personal wealth of a candidate has increasingly become a heated election issue. Some presidential candidates have highlighted wealth and success as evidence of their unique qualifications for the presidency. Other candidates have pointed to their own middle class status as evidence that they would be in touch with the concerns of the common person.

Hear the rabbis’ view of the relationship of personal wealth and the quality of leadership.


Is disparity in income necessarily a social evil?

Must a just society impose restrictions on the amounts of income? Or can a disparity in incomes be acceptable for a society? When we as a society set out to make life better, is income equality the best goal to set, or should we set our sights on the elimination of poverty as our primary goal?

Explore the Torah’s wisdom on this issue that has attracted attention in different societies over the centuries and is still an issue today.

The Kabbala of Your Political Choices

In today’s politics, the differences between conservative and liberal, Republican and Democrat, progressive and libertarian, seem to have hardened. TV, radio and social media are filled with angry political opinions. People react to these with frustration and annoyance – how can someone be so unseeing, uncaring, or so ignorant as those people on the other side?

The vision of the Jewish masters has always been to uncover a deep hidden unity in all things. Within the nature of our unique individual personalities lie numerous differences, and understanding who we each differ is crucial for all successful relationships.

How might that apply to the fractured, intolerant, contentious politics of today? Can we find the insight and the practical hope that can help us to understand and listen to each other, even when we disagree?

The Biblical Tax Rate

Advocates of various tax philosophies seek to show how their beliefs have biblical support. Believers in the flat tax or the fair tax or in progressive taxation will point to the Bible as a powerful evidence for their preferred system as being the correct one.

How does the biblical tax system work? How did Jewish communities through the centuries, informed by Jewish law, fund the various kinds of needs present in communities then and now?