Trying Hard Not to Blog Politics

flower and flag
It’s getting hard to stick to my original declaration that I will not blog about politics. Because I keep reading this article, then that post, then this one. I will be checking the Drudge Report frequently over the next few days, as well as reading the posts of my favorite political bloggers.

I am going to leave as “food for thought” something a rabbi told my father, that he likes to use as a guideline:

Don’t worry about which politician will take care of Israel or the Jews. God will take care of that. Vote for the one with the best midos. Because the President sets a tone for the country. If the president is lying and thinks lying is OK, so will others.

Midos (or midot) = character traits, good or bad

Whether you are Jewish or not, whether you believe in God or not, you probably have a reaction to that statement. And many of you who are American voters have probably already made up your minds, so, thankfully, no need to have a discussion about that on my blog! There are plenty of bloggers who specialize in politics, and I don’t plan to become one. Feel free to comment on the photo. That’s more my comfort zone.

I hope by Wednesday I will be able to focus on how I did the layout for JPIX; also, I have a whole post in my head for Parshat Noach (the section of the Torah about the flood and the Tower of Babel and the beginning of the Abraham story). Maybe at some point it will show up on this blog.

Meanwhile, please read this sweet little story. Poor little post got lost among the others!

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15 thoughts on “Trying Hard Not to Blog Politics

  • My blog is also politics-free. Here in Israel, especially, politics is everywhere, and it’s nice to have a little [virtual] corner to escape from all that.

    And as for the photo – how did that flag get stuck in there? 🙂

    (BTW – I replied to your emails. Did you see my responses?)

  • Mrs. S., oops, will pay attention to that email (I answered it in my head, sort of like my parsha post!). The flag was already there. I just liked the combo of the flag and the flowers.

  • The Drudge report isn’t one of my places to go for information, but I am very excited about this elections and am looking forward to history being made…nuff said…

  • I quite agree with what the rabbi told your father but I suppose it is sometimes difficult to know who has the best midot. Politicians don’t usualy present themselves under the worst possible light, especially before they get elected; quite the opposite.

  • Ilana-Davita, in the case of the U.S. presidential election, neither candidate was born yesterday nor is this their first election. Anyone who is interested can find an abundance of information.

  • It is difficult to refrain blogging about politics. I haven’t.

    I did write a post earlier today on getting out and voting. That was about it, nothing about any particular candidate.

  • I like what the Rabbi said. It is very close to what I say. I have an e-mail (or comment from you) that I have never answered because I didn’t have time, but I will elaborate more in my reply when I get to that.

    Beautiful photo!

  • I also rarely do politics because there are so many bloggers out there who are so much better at it than I am. I do have strong opinions though and I think they come through to regular readers.

  • Batya, it’s about division. There are plenty of places for us to find common ground: health, photography, art, cooking, places I visit or where I live. I’ve even found I can write about Judaism without it scaring anyone away. I think if I were gonna do politics, I would set up a blog just for that. But I probably never will, because I would scare myself too much and never want to come out.

    Baila, my compromise is I have three blogs at right labeled “Political Blogs.” And I often go on Gail’s blog, because I like her politics. One of the reasons I have Joe Settler’s blog (I don’t know if he’s right or wrong on issues because I don’t understand the issues) is just to show that a “settler” is a human being. Stupid word, settler. I’m a settler in Central New Jersey.

  • that is very interesting what the Rabbi said. Without even realizing it, I probably did what he said. Cause I voted for Huckabee in the primaries cause I thought he was a honest and kind man.

  • Babysitter, I suspect we will hear more about Huckabee when the next campaign begins. The American election campaigning seems to be never ending. I suppose that’s better than the alternative of no elections!

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