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At Jewish Forum Weiner Is Hero But Not Comeback Kid (Video)

Weiner pleased the crowd, using continuously Hebrew and Yiddish phrases – such as Mikva, Kishkas and Eretz Yisroel.
At Jewish Forum Weiner Not the Comeback Kid

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Unlike his widely discussed performance a night earlier, in which, according to media reports, Mr. Weiner looked bored and uninterested, in this room he flourished. He was welcomed as a returning hero. Mr. Weiner showed up a half hour ahead of time, taking the opportunity to greet voters, former colleagues and constituents.

Surrounded by Jewish fans and Orthodox journalists, Mr. Weiner was upbeat, pleasant and sarcastic.

Mr. Weiner reiterated his stance on Metitzah B’peh, as he had already expressed his view in 2005, speaking to reporters before the forum began. Coincidentally, Adam Dickter, editor of the NY Jewish Week, showed up as Mr. Weiner was discussing the issue, reminding him about the 2005 quote that was published in the Jewish Week at the time.

“I am not going to take any vote for granted,” he said.  “If the people of this community want someone that understands their values deep in their kishkas, then they can vote for me.”

Speaking specifically about what he’ll do if elected mayor, Mr. Weiner promised to appoint a non-profit czar, somebody that would be a liaison to the ‘Yeshiva community’ and to the non-profit organizations that feed and provide the necessary programs to those in need. “I never would have sat idly by and let 63 parochial schools close around the city in the last several years. I would do whatever I could that those important institutions stay open,” he said.

Asked by Adam Dickter how he would overcome the negativity in prevailing over the Republican nominee in the general election, Mr. Weiner said, “People are aware of my personal failings. If people want to talk about it a little more, I’ll answer the questions. But I am going to try keep looking forward, keep talking about the issues that are important to the middle class and the issues of this community.”

During the forum, Mr. Weiner genuinely pleased the crowd, arguing his knowledge of the community’s needs and using continuously Hebrew and Yiddish phrases – such as Mikva, Kishkas and Eretz Yisroel. “While you may disagree with me on policy, one thing you can never say is that I don’t understand the Jewish community,” he said. Mr. Weiner also touted his fight for the release of Jonathan Pollard, a popular issue among pro- Israel Jews, twice during the forum.

Despite the rapturous reception, there’s little certainty that his charm offensive  would compel Jewish voters to look at his candidacy as a given.

Many voters like Anthony Weiner. He’s energetic. He’s interactive. Yet they don’t seem to take his candidacy too seriously. At least not as a definite alternative to Bill Thompson and Bill de Blasio, his two competitors for 2nd place in the runoff, who are considered the favorites in the Orthodox Jewish community.


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About the Author: Jacob Kornbluh is described as an up and coming Orthodox Jewish Blogger, writing about Local, national and Israeli politics, and a freelance reporter for various publications. Kornbluh's work has been featured in Haaretz, the NY Times, local blogs, and on local Jewish Radio, Kornbluh also covers the NYC 2013 mayoral race in general and a focus on the Jewish vote in particular at: http://nymayor.blogspot.com. Follow Jacob on Twitter @jacobkornbluh and his daily blog: jacobkornbluh.com


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8 Responses to “At Jewish Forum Weiner Is Hero But Not Comeback Kid (Video)”

  1. Melissa Katz says:

    Weiner is a disgusting perv…..It is sick to validate him..so what if he used jewish words. That doesn't change anything.

  2. Melissa Katz says:

    THe only thing he's coming back with is his Weiner.

  3. All they love is that this guy will pander to them.

  4. Brian Kent says:

    Young lady.I understand we are upset but you know this is a family magazine.

  5. Brian Kent says:

    I bet he paid them to write that.He didn't please any crowd.Half the seats were empty.

  6. Lloyd Bergner says:

    Better wear gloves when you shake Weiner's hand.

  7. Anonymous says:

    He didn't use the good Jewish word "shiksa," as in his Muslim wife who's affiliated with the Muslim brotherhood and is Hillary Clinton's protegee? Shame on any Jew who supports this heretic!

  8. although Anthony Weiner is a good guy his ability to govern is questionable because of his actions, and when he talks about Yeshivah education and financial issues facing Parochial schools this is simply saying what people want to hear. As a Mayor he has no say in State Law issues and school funding is based on State Law. The CITY HAS NO SAY IF PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS ARE FUNDED. If he wanted to lead and be responsible he would tell people that they can not expect to have significant funding from government agencies.

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