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Curious Jr.: Give it up for the Government

Leeba Leichtman

We’ve all seen the signs up in the neighborhood every year or two — the ones with the official-looking men or women smiling above the words “Vote for [fill in the name]!” These people are all running for government positions. But what exactly does it mean to be a part of the government… especially as a frum Jew? Ronnie Rosenbluth, who served the Baltimore community for the last eight years, is one such politician.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Jr.: How did you get interested in working for the government? I always had a desire to help people, and this seemed like a great way for me accomplish that. So when I bumped into Rav Naftali Neuberger ztz”l, of Ner Yisrael, with whom I was close, at a chasunah, I broached the idea with him and he encouraged me to go for it. Well, I did, and it certainly has proven a fascinating, though sometimes turbulent journey! A short while afterward, I received a phone call from a state senator asking me to run on her ticket (meaning that if she won, I would be part of her committee) as State Central Committee. It was a deal that benefitted both of us. For her, it meant that she could hope to get the Jewish vote; for me, it meant I had a better chance at winning the African-American vote. 

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