On Election day, Matzav.com reported exclusively that 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, which, it turned out, was Donald Trump.
Subsequently, the Israeli Yated Ne’eman published an interview with Rav Kamenetsky, whom they questioned about why he supported Mr. Trump.
Rav Kamenetsky explained that “people who do not behave honestly and telling the truth do not experience success,” referring to Hillary Clinton.
Rav Kamenetsky added that “the chosen candidate,” meaning Mr. Trump, is surrounded by people who have shown understand and accommodation for Yiddishkeit and the Torah world in the United States, and their conduct has always been honest and truthful. “It is important that we follow this path,” he said.
As Matzav previously reported, other roshei yeshiva who voted for Trump were Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Moshe of South Fallsburg, and Rav Yeruchim Olshin, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ.