By Jeff Dunetz
The other day I sat through a discussion between Christian friends about conservatism and religion. One commented that some of the conservative theorists’ ideas about man’s imperfections come from the Christian idea of “original sin.” That’s where they lost me. Obviously I come at it from a different angle. To Jews “original sin” is the pain we put our mothers through when they are pregnant and give birth to us. “You should never have that pain!!” BTW we also believe that life begins when the kids get married and we move to Boca Raton.
Another thing we Jews believe is that we are supposed to enjoy our time on this Earth and the greatest joy one can have in life is connecting with God. And that’s why I fall on the conservative side the aisle, because Liberalism, and most liberal programs try to put a layer between God and Man. Which is probably why despite the reputation of Jews being liberal, the more “orthodox” ones beliefs and/or practices the more likely they are to reject the stereotype and reject liberalism, and support politicians who are more conservative.
Conservative principles such as limited government, individual responsibility, and traditional morals are all deeply rooted in Jewish tradition. Even the fact that America’s founders intended for the county to be led by people who based their political decisions on religious values (something that scares the heck out of most liberals) complements Jewish tradition.
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It starts with the creation narrative in Genesis, which explains that man is created in God’s image. But we are also taught that our maker has no bodily form, so how can that be? The Bible is not teaching us that we are all dead ringers for the “big guy upstairs.” If that was the case the pictures on everyone’s driver’s licenses would look the same (and no one would be able to get a check cashed), and all of those TV shows about solving crimes would be very boring because everyone would have the same DNA.
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