Las Vegas? Really?

I congratulate the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) on its  choice of venue for its recent annual get-together (“What happens in Vegas,”  “A spectacle for King Sheldon,” April 4).

After all, what U.S. city resonates better with Torah and rabbinic values such as mitzvot (commandments), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and tzedaka (charity), but especially taharat ha-mishpacha (family purity) and tzniyut (female modesty), than Sin City, aka Las Vegas?

Indeed, given Halachah’s extremely low opinion of gambling and everything that is associated with it, what better location than America’s historic and premier gambling mecca?

Forsooth: A circumcised Bill O’Reilly might even characterize such in-your-face Orthodoxy-bashing behavior as evidence of a deliberate RJC “war on Judaism”!

Stas Cohen
Newark, Del.


  1. Stas says

    Subsequent to its submission to the JT, the following article appeared, validating the point of my letter.

    Mother Jones
    Religious Right Fears the GOP Can’t Handle a National Convention in Las Vegas

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