In an op-ed released this week, Rabbis Steven Bob, Sam Gordon, and Burt Vizotzky praised the president for his domestic and foreign policy achievements, a record that “reflects the embodiment of our deepest obligations: tikkun olam, tzedakah, shalom-to repair the world, to pursue justice, to seek peace.” They wrote:
When the president spoke to the Union for Reform Judaism late last year, he offered an unexpected d’var torah on that week’s parsha, delivering a powerful meditation on the term ‘hineini-“Here I am.”’
As he made clear in those remarks, his words are not meant as hollow promises; they reflect tangible actions. As he has done throughout his first-term in office, on the priorities important to American Jews, President Obama answers: ‘Here I am.’
... And on yet another core value, shalom, the president has earned our trust and support-because he knows full well that the pursuit of a lasting peace for Israel is contingent on the safety and security of the Jewish state. His achievements for Israel are second to none.
...This is the character of President Obama-always there, prepared to carry the banner of our values, ready to move forward for peace, for justice, and for a better world.
As it is written in the Book of Proverbs, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ Luckily for our community and our country, our president is a man of vision and strong character, integrity and faith. His values are Jewish values. They’re American values. We need his values in the White House for four more years.
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