I got some superb rabbis from across the different Jewish denominations to argue about the question over at Tablet. And I took the opportunity to explore some of the fascinating history of this dispute:
Read it all here while you're waiting for the election results to come in. Rabbi Daniel Jeremy Silver's critique, tucked away in an obscure 1985 academic volume on modern Judaism, is worth reading in full (feel free to get in touch if you'd like a scanned PDF). Silver himself was a very impressive figure in American Judaism and today, a fellowship for rabbis at the Harvard Center for Jewish Studies is named in his honor.
I see journalism as an excuse to interrogate people who interest me under the guise of professional obligation. So when I report, I tend to collect a lot more information from my sources than can fit into my pieces. Here I post some of the greatest hits for your entertainment, along with other brief thoughts on religion, politics and culture. Well, that and funny YouTube videos.