Seraphic Secret is afraid that the opening invocation for the Republican National Convention has not been widely circulated or understood.
But this was an important and historic moment for American Judaism and for the Republican party.
Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik is from one of the most respected and loved rabbinic dynasties. Soloveichik’s great-uncle, and the father of Modern Orthodoxy in America, was Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, my father’s rebbe. (The surname is spelled differently by various branches of the family.)
Meir Soloveichik is one of the front-runners for the position of Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, to replace Rabbi Lord Sacks when he retires.
Seraphic Secret met and chatted with Rabbi Soloveichik a few weeks ago when we attended a lecture he delivered at the Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. I told him how much I admired his articles for The Weekly Standard, and how much I appreciated his conservative advocacy. Rabbi Soloveichik was delighted to meet another Orthodox, um, conservative.
By choosing this distinguished Orthodox rabbi, one of our most brilliant Torah scholars and public intellectuals, the Republican Party shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that support for Israel is a vital concern and that the future of Torah Jews, who are the future of Judaism — the liberal branches are in a theological and demographic death spiral — lies with the Republican Party.
As I listened to Rabbi Soloveichik press home the idea that liberty is given by G-d, not government, I pondered a corner of American religious history which is all too often ignored. The dissenting Protestants who fled to these shores in 1620 believed in self-government. But this belief was rooted in the religious doctrine that every man and woman must engage individually in revelation through Scripture.
This rejection of collective salvation was a revolutionary idea, and it led directly to American democracy.
Barack Hussein Obama is a collectivist. This ideology permeates his political and religious thought. And every policy decision made by his regime brings America closer to the failed and discredited European model.
By choosing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, America will return to the principles upon which America was founded.
Our good friend, David Gerstman, has informed us that Rabbi Soloveichik’s superb articles for Commentary can be found here.
P.S. Happy birthday, Karen. Here’s a song for you.