By Jonathan D. Salant
September 9, 2015
With the Capitol dome behind them, hundreds of Orthodox rabbis gathered Wednesday as Rabbi Shmuel Goldin of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood sounded the shofar, the ram’s horn heard in synagogue during the Jewish high holidays that begin Sunday evening.
Golden’s blasts this time were not a call to worship but a call to Congress to reject the agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear program for more than a decade in exchange for relaxing sanctions. He blew the shofar as Congress began debating the deal.
While enough Senate Democrats have endorsed the agreement to ensure that Congress will not be able to override President Obama’s expected veto of any resolution rejecting the deal — and may be able to prevent the Senate from getting the 60 votes it needs to pass the measure — the Orthodox rabbis said they weren’t going to remain silent.
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