My mother called me this morning to tell me how wonderful it is that such generous and usually conservative leaning people are giving to marriage equality in New York. Sounds to me like the core Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (Hebrew: תיקון עולם meaning to Repair the World) has influenced a few incredibly powerful figures in New York and I hope it continues. The donors both Jewish (and not Jewish) represent some of New York’s wealthiest and most politically active figures like Steven A. Cohen and Paul E. Singer, a hedge fund manager, top-tier Republican donor and father to a gay son. Even Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is giving speeches and fundraising parties for Marriage Equality. According to the NYT article Mr. Cohen, who runs SAC Capital Advisers and has become an increasingly active Republican fundraiser described his views simply: ‘We believe in social justice for all Americans.’” Well, Yasher Koach! (a customary way of congratulating those who do an honorable job directly meaning from Hebrew “יישר” “כוח” “may your strength be firm.”).
See why diverse groups of people in our Jewish community give.