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Intentional Separation of Church and State?

Monday, 21 January 2008

Clinton favored by Nevada Jews” according to the JTA.

The headline should actually read: “Clinton favored by non-Shabbat-observant Nevada Jews” as the Nevada caucus was held this past Shabbos morning.

Now I get that the whole world cannot set its schedule according to the Jewish calendar. But I certainly expect this response from a JEWISH Congresswoman:

When Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman raised the issue with U.S. Rep Shelley Berkley, “she said she hadn’t realized that it was Shabbat,” he recalled. “She was clearly concerned. She promised it would never happen again.” (See here for the entire article.)

I’m concerned too. Did she not realize that the caucus was on a Saturday or did she not realize that Saturday is Shabbat??

Unlike a primary or general election, there is no option for absentee voting in a caucus. One’s presence is necessary during the set caucus hours.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Nevada Democratic Convention is being held over the first days of Passover.

Our holy days are holy. We are not supposed to engage in commerce or other “profane” activities. We had a similar problem in California not long ago when a special election was held on the first Tuesday in October, which coincided with Rosh Hashannah.

Check out what other Jewish bloggers have to say here and here and here.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Monday, 21 January 2008 10:05 am

    No mail in’s in Nevada?

  2. Frume Sarah permalink
    Monday, 21 January 2008 11:02 am

    Not for a caucus. One’s presence is required in order to participate in the process.

  3. Monday, 21 January 2008 11:22 am

    That’s crummy!

  4. Monday, 21 January 2008 6:51 pm

    i’ve been so annoyed about this one too.

    liberal jew talked about it too: http://pissedoffliberaljew.blogspot.com/2008/01/shabbat-sh-vote.html

    (i just like the title of the blog…lol)

  5. Frume Sarah permalink
    Tuesday, 22 January 2008 10:52 am

    Thanks for pointing out this blog…I like it!

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