In a civil election, does Judaism teach that one should vote for candidates who will be "good for the Jews" (i.e. they support laws that are more favorable to Jews as a whole than the laws that the other candidate supports)?

What if the voter supports the other candidate's positions on every other issue much more?

  • Very similar, but, I think, not quite a dupe: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/3424/… – Isaac Moses May 28 '13 at 19:37
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    I have to ask you to clarify if this is a dupe of @IsaacMoses's linked question. Because I find it ambiguous as to what you mean by "good for the Jews". Do you mean "supports school vouchers in a neighborhood facing a tuition crisis"? Do you mean "supports tax cuts for a particular class which includes many Jews"? Do you mean "upholds Torah values" (a dupe of the other question)? (And which Jews? Where?) – Seth J May 28 '13 at 19:43
  • @SethJ I don't mean specifically "upholds Torah values. I am mostly referring to your second example and also perhaps an example where he supports (or opposes) legislation that is directly about Jews. – Daniel May 28 '13 at 19:45
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    Well, I'd advise opposition to a candidate whose stated position is specifically about Jews, one way or the other, because one road down which that leads is most certainly not good for the Jews. – Seth J May 28 '13 at 19:46
  • I got a mass email from Beis Havaad in February which said that one must vote only for the public good and one is forbidden to vote with self interest in mind – Shmuel Brin May 29 '13 at 23:56

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