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Sanders in Debate: I’m Proud to Be Jewish

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Sen. Bernie Sanders. Credit: Michael Vadon via Wikimedia Commons.

Bernie Sanders. Photo: Michael Vadon via Wikimedia Commons.

TIME – Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at length about his faith at the Democratic debate on Sunday, balking at suggestions that he’s not proud of being Jewish.

When asked about his religious beliefs by an audience member at Sunday’s debate in Flint, Mich., the Vermont Senator was candid about his heritage and faith.

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  • shloime

    yeah, but…

    his answer was disappointing, but represents a large segment of american jews, who are highly assimilated, and not connected to judaism by ritual or spirituality, and whose identity consists of the occasional reuben sandwich. and he wasn’t just addressing jewish voters. for the non-jews, he acknowledged his roots and alluded to some kind of religiosity.

    as for his having low self-esteem and/or being dull, you may be right, but i don’t think you can infer that from his answer.

    at least he didn’t say that he likes bagels and lox. thank god.

  • Emanuel

    His answer to me was lame and contrived: Judaism means seeing numbers tattooed on people’s arms by Hitler ? That’s it? Your experience at Bloomingdales as a little putz is all Judaism is to you Bernard ? It’s kinda ridiculous that was all he had to say clearly he knows nothing about his own culture and to me it means he has a low self esteem and is a dull person – that’s what I’m seeing.