Reb Moshe on Voting

The enclosed letter, from Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l, remains as relevant today as it was two decades ago. In summation: Vote!

Letter from R Moshe on Voting

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6 comments to Reb Moshe on Voting

  • YM

    What was the background that prompted Rav Moshe to release this letter?

  • SephardiLady

    So many of our Torah sages have delineated the obligation to vote. What is sad is how many of my neighbors are not even registered to vote.

    With a very important presidential election coming up, I have to ask, how the words of our great Rabbanim be emphasized and put into action so that we can get our young people not only registered to vote, but actually get them to the polls?

    I guess you have to start by getting young people to register to vote. Would Yeshivas be open to a community members helping bochurim register to vote? I just find it sad that so many people I know are unregistered to vote.

    (Note: I don’t know how many of my neighbors are actually registered vs. not registered. But, I always find myself at a complete disconnect when many of them express surprise in our interest in the election and then tell me they don’t vote. . . and aren’t even registered. I find it very sad that so many learned people are just so apathetic to their rights as citizens of this great country).

    It might be interest to some. I just posted a press release sent to me from a friend in which Rav Kaminensky re-iterated the obligation to vote and endorsed Senator Rick Santorum. The new release is here: http://orthonomics.blogspot.com/2006/11/attn-pa-voters-i-have-lot-to-say-about.html. Unfortunately, I am not technologically savvy enough to post the PDF file.

  • Ori Pomerantz

    Wouldn’t voting only be virtuous if you take the time to understand the major issues and decide which choice is better? The quality of the government is not related to the number of voters, but to the percentage of voters who make the right choices.

  • Michael

    About comment #2
    Where in the article does it mention that R. Kamenetsky endorsed Santorum?

  • David

    Re comment #1.

    In 1984 the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York was conducting a voter registration campaign. Rav Feinstein was approached and replied enthusiastically. He always voted, even in public school board elections. I am honored to have the original letter in my files.

  • Michoel

    Ori #3,
    Politicians are aware of voter turnout in the various districts. So even an uninformed vote helps to lend greater gravity to Jewish communal issues in future elections.

    Michael #4,
    You have to know how to read between the lines. He endorsed Santorum without making Democratic enemies.