Rabbi Interviews Eric Cantor About Jewish Pride

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Rabbi Efrem Goldberg interviews House majority leader Rep. Eric Cantor and talks about Jewish pride.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. I LOVE the fact that the only Jewish Republican Congressman and a leading conservative, when asked about Jewish values that influence him, the FIRST one he mentions is tikun olam.

  2. Well, certainly influencing America to be more conservative socially fits perfectly with the classic understand of “l’taken olam b’malkhut shadai.” And even a conservative can say that, for example, overturning Obamacare or defunding NPR is tikkun olam.

  3. Your interpretation, Nachum, of tikun olam is fine (for you, that is, not me). But next time you write, as you often do, that it’s only the liberal Jews who make a fetish out of tikun olam, remember this. (Not that I think you will, or care.)

    Freilich Purim!

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