Class will put talmudic spin on presidential race

For those getting tired of talking-head political commentators on the evening news, Chabad of the Mid-Peninsula is offering a new — and incredibly old — way to look at the 2012 presidential election.

Rabbi Levi Potash

The center’s adult education program is presenting “Election 2012, A Jewish Non-Partisan Perspective: Applying the Talmud’s Wisdom to Today’s Political Issues.” The free course is open to the public and runs 7:30-9 p.m. on four consecutive Thursdays starting Oct. 11 at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City.

Each week’s class will focus on a different political topic: distribution of wealth and campaign finance; charity and taxation; illegal immigrants and amnesty; and health care.

“We wanted to look at some of the hot-button issues in the upcoming election from a really nonpartisan, Jewish perspective,” said Rabbi Levi Potash, who leads the Chabad center. “What do the Torah and the Talmud have to say about these topics of debate? Sometimes it may come out on the side of the Democratic platform, sometimes Republican, sometimes Libertarian. But the Torah doesn’t believe in parties — the Torah believes in the wisdom of the Torah.”

Potash added that, as an English citizen in the process of becoming a full American citizen, this presidential election is especially meaningful for him personally — it’s the first one in which he’ll be able to vote.

Would-be attendees are asked to RSVP at Beth Jacob is at 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. For more information, send an email to or call (650) 232-0995.