Thursday, January 28, 2016

Will Bernie Sanders Be the First Jewish President?

Bernie Sanders may be our next president.
But did you know that he would be our first Jewish president?
Huffington Post noted last year:
You may not be aware of it, but Bernie Sanders is Jewish.
Granted, Sanders is not very religious.  As the Washington Post reports:
Growing up, Bernie Sanders followed the path of many young American Jews. He went to Hebrew school, was bar mitzvahed and traveled to Israel to work on a kibbutz.
But as an adult, Sanders drifted away from Jewish customs. And as his bid for the White House gains momentum, he has the chance to make history. Not just as the first Jewish president — but as one of the few modern presidents to present himself as not religious.
“I am not actively involved with organized religion,” Sanders said in a recent interview.
Sanders said he believes in God, though not necessarily in a traditional manner.
“I think everyone believes in God in their own ways,” he said. “To me, it means that all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together.”
Sanders’s religious views, which he has rarely discussed, set him apart from the norm in modern American politics, in which voters have come to expect candidates from both parties to hold traditional views about God and to speak about their faith journeys.

“And what I believe in, and what my spirituality is about, is that we’re all in this together.”
“I am motivated by a vision which exists in all of the great religions — in Christianity, in Judaism, in Islam, Buddhism and other religions — and which is so beautifully and clearly stated in Matthew 7:12,” Sanders said. “And it states: ‘So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets.’ ”
So Sanders could be America’s first Jewish president … and the first president to stress a more universal view of faith.


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