Rav Gershon Edelstein, rosh yeshiva of Ponovezh Yeshiva and member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah in Eretz Yisroel, told talmidim of his from the US who asked him for whom to vote in today’s US presidential election to follow the rosh yeshiva of Philadelphia, Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, and vote for the candidate he supports.
Rav Kamenetsky instructed his talmidim to vote for Donald Trump, as did many other roshei yeshiva.
In answering his talmidim, Rav Edelstein said that Rav Kamenetsky is the “mara d’asra” of the United States and that Torah Jews should follow his guidance.
By and large, members of the Torah world have endorsed and are voting for Mr. Trump in today’s election.
The Torah world has traditionally identified with the Republican Party because of its conservative stances, unlike the secular Jewish majority that identifies with the Democrats.
Chassidic groups have aligned themselves with more liberal-leaning Democrat candidates, such as Hillary Clinton. The Chassidim of both rebbes of Satmar have been instructed to vote for Clinton in this election.