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Should a fervently observant person of the Jewish faith become a candidate for the presidency of the United States, asking the candidate the following questions would be appropriate (with regard to Robert I. Lappin’s Your Say letter, Oct. 30):

Do you accept women as equal to men in every respect, and will you condemn and prohibit discrimination against women in any form?


Do you accept the LGBT community as equal in every sense, and do you agree that you will not discriminate against its members?

As John F. Kennedy did when the religion issue came up for him, will you commit yourself to decision-making that’s independent of whatever your rav/rebbe/godol may dictate?

Do you reject Halacha, acknowledging that in many respects it is in direct conflict with the democratic values of America? Such as: rabbinic law allows bigamy for males; violation of the Holy Sabbath is a capital offense; with their father’s permission, girls may be betrothed and the marriage consummated, from the age of 3 years and 1 day (Talmud: Yebamoth 57b).

Will you pledge allegiance to the United States of America, and if so, will this be in conflict with complete allegiance to Hashem (God) as is required of all Torah-true followers of Judaism?

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