Donald Trump has been touting a “hot item” about President Obama which may turn the election around.  He announced that he plans to release on Wednesday.  Rumor has it that he has stumbled onto divorce papers that the president and his wife had filed a number of years ago.  The truth is, however, that it would be counter-productive for Trump to release this, or any “hot item” for that matter.

Perhaps Donald Trump has not noticed but Governor Romney has been running a clean campaign, one that all American can be proud of.  So has his running mate Ryan.  If you hadn’t noticed, neither Romney nor Ryan so much as even interrupted their opponents in any of the three debates.  And they had plenty of opportunity.

Revealing secrets is something that is viewed as anathema by the sages of the Talmud, and by Judaism in general.  The verse in Proverbs (11:13) tells us that one who brings gossip betrays reveals secrets — trustful individuals are circumspect.  It is clear that the gossip mongerer is evil because he is revealing secrets — something that is worse than a talebearer of gossip.

The Midrash Rabbah (VaYikrah Rabbah 34:5) explains that the children of Israel were redeemed from Egypt in part because they never revealed secrets that were known to them.  It is one of the four reasons cited for their salvation.  The truth is that revealing secrets is an indication of some serious character flaws and should bnever be done even in the context of battling an enemy.

If Donald Trump does end up revealing something along these lines, Mitt Romney should disavow support of such a statement immediately. 


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