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For the first time since, well, ever, a Jewish candidate actually has a chance to be elected president. While the crotchety Brooklynite’s Jewish credentials don’t seem to be raising concerns among voters (yet), his fellow people of the book don’t know what to make of him. What kind of Jew is Bernie Sanders? The secular torch-bearer of leftist American politics? The Holocaust-identifier? The good kind? The self-hater? The one for whom Judaism is beside the point? The wise, the wicked, the ignorant, or the one who does not know how to ask? The one just like all the others, a branch tied up with the rest of the lulav? Sanders’s candidacy has become a kind of confusing Jewish Myers-Briggs test. One thing that most Jews seem to agree on, however, is the question: would a Jewish president be good for the Jews?

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