When the courts get it right
April 16, 2011 Leave a comment
The DC courts just denied an injunction brought by a local rabbi regarding the special election on April 26th. As an Orthodox Jew, I think that the DC court has it right, and that particular rabbi has it completely wrong.
I am grateful that the board of elections decided to offer all kinds of early voting options, up to and including being open on Easter sunday, a holiday observed by far more DC residents than the 8th day of Passover (which does not appear on secular calendars). I am also grateful that Jews are not being compelled to violate any of our religious principles to participate in the election.
I think that the rabbi should re-examine his behavior and motives: this is the season of freedom, where God told Pharoah, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me.” The DC government is hardly Pharoah, so there is no need to rhetorically imply that they are oppressing us or denying us our ability to both participate fully in democracy while living a halakhicly-correct, God-fearing lifestyle. I’m pleased that justice has been served.