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Should religious people steer clear of politics?

March 12th, 2015 Posted by Ask the Rabbi No Comment yet

Question:

Should religious people be involved in politics? Isn’t it better to stay above activities that are so sordid and filled with corruption?

∼ Mitch R.

Answer:

Dear Mitch,

Ancient Jewish wisdom puts a lot of emphasis on the damage we can do with our ability to speak. We can hurt people badly, destroy livelihoods, damage communities and more by misusing the gift of speech. When you think about it, you might come to the conclusion that we’d be better off moving to a remote cabin in an unknown region where there would be no one with whom to speak. Wrong! We are encouraged to interact with others and try our best to use speech wisely.

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