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Ehrlich wrong on Jewish views [Letter]

As the beloved Ronald Reagan might say, "there he goes again."

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s hypocrisy ("Liberals, too, get foot-in-mouth disease," Feb. 2) is absolutely mind-boggling.

He excoriates "the staggering intolerance … practiced by the country's culturally progressive elite" in decrying those who are "pro-life." Yet Mr. Ehrlich, as both a congressional and gubernatorial candidate, ran as an abortion-rights supporter.

He claims to be aghast that anyone might believe that "that any Jew who really understands the issues" should not support his candidacy. Yet, as evidenced by recent columns, he vehemently opposes the Affordable Care Act while claiming to be a friend of Israel.

Jewish religious law regards health care as a right, not a privilege. Further, according to research conducted by former Baltimorean Rabbi Alan Yuter (a Republican, by the way), it even prefers a single-payer system. Which is what the citizens of the State of Israel today enjoy. And it works quite well.

So how could it possibly be that what is good enough for the Holy Land is not good enough for the United States of America?

Finally, there is Mr. Ehrlich's tacit acceptance of analogies between the Nazis' war against the Jews and criticism of the ultra-rich.

According to the Talmud, "God's seal is truth." Mr. Ehrlich should keep that in mind the next time he chooses to pontificate about domestic and international Jewish communal matters and voting preferences.

Saul Edelman, Reisterstown

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