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February 18, 2014

Chabad Rabbi Running On Right Wing Anti-Immigration Slate Infuriates Some When He Refuses To Shake Women’s Hands

Rabbi Shneur Zalman OdzeA Chabad rabbi, 31-year-old Shneur Zalman Odze told the members of the right wing populist anti-immigrant UK Independence Part (UKIP) that he will not shake women’s hands due to his religious beliefs, offending many party activists and prompting at least one regional party organizer to resign when Odze was subsequently included on the party’s candidate’s list for for European Parliament.

Rabbi Shneur Zalman Odze

Rabbi Shneur Zalman Odze

Chabad Rabbi Running On Right Wing Anti-Immigration Slate Infuriates Some When He Refuses To Shake Women’s Hands
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

Politicians shake hands and kiss babies – but not this one.

A Chabad rabbi, 31-year-old Shneur Zalman Odze told the members of the right wing populist anti-immigrant UK Independence Part (UKIP) that he will not shake women’s hands due to his religious beliefs, offending many party activists and prompting at least one regional party organizer to resign when Odze was subsequently included on the party’s candidate’s list for for European Parliament.

Ozde is fourth on that list in the northwest region of England. The Europe-wide election is scheduled for late May.

The immigration policy he supports (please see the brief UKIP video posted below) mirrors almost exactly the policies that banned many Jews fleeing Hitler in the years before World War Two started from finding refuge in Britain, in territories controlled by Britain, and in many other countries. It essentially can be boiled to the following points:

• Britain cannot afford to take in refugees and asylum seekers.

• It is not our responsibility to help or provide safe harbor for refugees who do not provide benefit to Britain.

• Only refugees and immigrants with skills and/or significant financial resources should be allowed to immigrate to Britain.

• Britain must withdraw from the European Union to avoid these unwanted refugees.

Meanwhile, senior UKIP officials called Odze’s opponents “rude” and “wrong” for failing to respect Odze’s religious beliefs.

“We have a policy of tolerance for and acceptance of people’s own religious observance. We do not consider it grounds for complaint. It harms no one,” UKIP chairman Steve Crowther reportedly told the Times of London.

Jewish law allows men to shake women’s hands have other incidental, commonplace, non-sexual physical contact with women who they are not married to if not doing so will embarrass the women, hurt them or anger them. Hasidim generally ignore this rule and refuse to have any incidental physical contact at all.

At least one Ukip branch previously banned Odze because of what a member described as his "difficult and aggressive behavior,” the International Business Times reported.

 

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Shneur Zalman Odze has just broken countless woman's hearts by saying he will not shake hands with them.

Aw.......he hurt his chances in the election. Too bad.

Frankly I PREFER it when folks like him are at least honest in their dishonest approach to hallachah, so people can clearly and honestly judge them and their belief set. The usual path followed by these followers of a dead guy is to quickly evaluate the value (in terms of money, power........) of the woman or goy in front of them and modify their core beliefs based on that perceived value.

Case in point - local Chabad rabbi has ZERO use for Conservative converts........unless they have money and a willingness to part with it - in which case they are entirely "kosher".

He used to be an MP for the Conservatives.

This story really fuels the perception of UKIP as a party of cranks.

Have a look at this earlier story for another example (there are others).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-25793358

@ Avi, at least both were expressing sincere religious beliefs that weren't harming anyone, if you read them carefully.

This is where UKIP really IS cranky:
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/ukip-pledges-ban-climate-change-lessons-104339862.html

I thought we were supposed to be separate and apart and not get involved in such things. Leave secular politics and government to the [insert derogatory term for non-Jews].

The cognitive dissonance is stunning. Here we have someone runnning on an anti-immigration platform because many people are opposed to "foreign" customs such as Moslem mistreatment or degradation of women (including at the least not shaking hands) AND HE IS DOING EXACTLY THE SAME THING!!!

There is no halacha against shaking the hands of women in a business context in order to not embarrass them or hurt their feelings.

Amazing. A political candidate who won’t shake hands with half the population but still wants their votes. And, if elected, he won’t be reachable if any important issues come up from Friday to Saturday night or any Yom Tov or while he is in shul twice every day or at the mikva ! It would be interesting if Odze had to face questions from reporters who had researched a little about Chabad philosophy- especially its views about the origin of the non-Jewish souls and the dead rebbe who is still alive.

As a woman, I really wouldn't want to shake hands with this dweeb.

"Jewish law allows men to shake women’s hands have other incidental, commonplace, non-sexual physical contact with women who they are not married to if not doing so will embarrass the women, hurt them or anger them."

Don't be ridiculous. Jewish law is whatever my rebbe says it is.

Interesting that when these guys dabble in politics, they're never on the left. Anyone remember those two Chabad guys in NH a few years back who ran a fundraiser for Huckabee?

Jeff: Then there was the Chabad Rabbi Boteach who ran for Congress on the Republican ticket in NJ in 2012 and lost in the Nov. election.

Adjusted for population size, Britain actually had a better record for admitting Jewish refugees than either the US or Canada did during the Third Reich. Its kindertransport program alone saved about 10,000 Jewish youngsters. Both the US and Canadian governments rejected similar programs even though they would have been underwritten by wealthy Jews in their respective countries.

Some years ago a Chabud Rabbi , was granted a royal honour, for his services to addiction treatment, he said after reciving the medal, "I was able to shake the Queens hand, as she always wears gloves".

It's a good job that the ancestors of Mr Odze did not have to contend with a UKIP-type government when they wanted to migrate to this country.

Is Mr Odze's mindset that of "I'm alright, Jack. My family are safely in the UK, let's pull up the drawbridge"?

Mr Odze is incredibly naïve about the membership UKIP, if he does not believe that they will not turn their ire upon the Jews one day.

Where will he get his kosher food from, if UKIP were to get their way and ban kosher and halal killing?

And as regards shaking hands - why can he not don gloves when out meeting the public?

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