A VINNEWS Op-ED
Jewish law teaches that, in general, if someone threatens your life unless you violate one of the commandments – it is better to violate the commandment than to give up your life.
There are three famous exceptions: killing others, untoward impropriety, and idol-worship. Now let’s take a look at all three as they pertain to our governor.
- On March 25th, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued a directive that caused some 15,000 deaths. It said, “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”
- Thus far, as of today, two aides have come forward with allegations of untoward harassment on the part of the governor. They were reported to others at the time that they took place. The aides had nothing to gain and everything to lose at the time. There may be more.
- On April 13th, 2020, when there was temporary lull in new COVID cases, Cuomo took credit denying any role to G-d. “The number is down because we brought the number down. G-d did not do that. Faith did not do that.” https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4868256/user-clip-mario-cuomo
These three issues are not inconsequential.
There is a concept in the Torah not to be afraid to speak up in the face of horrific immorality – it is called lo saguru mipnei ish. According to many commentators this Mitzvah does not just apply to judges but to all leaders.
The Governor should resign.