Sunday, December 07, 2008

GOP victors /Rabbi Rackman -OBM

The victory by two Republicans in special Louisiania Congressional races is significant.Coming on the heels of the Georgia Senate race,it indicates tht the GOP is far from dead.The defeat of Cong. Jefferson who was indicted on a variety of corruption issues, should allow him time to count the money in the freezer if it is defrosted.
In Florida, the news that Jeb Bush will probably run for the 1010 Senate seat of Mel Martinez, has been met with excitemnt. Since he has not held office these last 2 years,and left on a high note, (together with the popularity of Gov. Crist,)means that " Bush fatigue" is not being felt here in Florida.Jed speaks Spanish,and was considered a great Gov.
What the GOP needs are exciting candidates in the NE, to rebuild the party. A Guliani Senate run in NY would be exciting.
Obviously it is a long way off from 2010,and we still await the Minn. results.
If Coleman wins, and the Dems try to steal the victory in the Senate,then the Reps should block votes on every single Cabinet nominee,and shut down the Chamber until Coleman is seated.


It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Rabbi Emanuel Rackman of blessed memory at the age of 98.Aside from all his pastoral and Rabbinic achievements, I have a special place for him in my heart.
When I was in Vietnam,I one day received a warm and moving letter from Rabbi Rackman.We did not know each other at that time,and my in-laws (obm) though living in Far Rockaway were members of the White Schul.Rabbi Rackman,then the Rav of Shaare Tfillah, heard that an orthodox young man was in Vietnam,and he took the trouble to send me this uplifting letter.
This Hakorat Hatov, has stayed with me all of my life.A small act of kindness can sometimes impact on a person forever.
Rabbi Rackman was an individual who performed such acts on a regular basis.
May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.