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US Senator Joe Lieberman

First Orthodox Jewish US Senator Joe Lieberman Dies at 82

Former US senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman has died at the age of 82. He died from complications from a fall, American media reported in a social media post on X, citing family.

Lieberman spent 24 years as Senator for Connecticut and was the first Orthodox Jew to serve in the Senate. While there had been other Jews in the Senate, Lieberman was the first Jew to keep Sabbath to Orthodox standards, meaning he didn’t attend Senate business from sundown on Friday to Saturday.

Lieberman also kept Kosher and prayed daily, in addition to not working on the Sabbath. He was known for a strong focus on morality during his time, denouncing gratuitous sex and violence in films, television shows, and pop music.

Lieberman was noted for his bi-partisanship, having worked closely with Democrats and Republicans throughout his time in the Senate. He was so successful that Republican candidate John McCain considered picking him as his running mate in 2008, American media reported.

Lieberman’s daughter Hana Lowenstein, her husband Daniel, and four children all made aliyah in 2018. Separately, his granddaughter Nesya Lieberman made aliyah earlier that year. He is survived by his wife Hadassah and their three children. (JPost / VFI News)

“Lord, we pray for the family of Senator Joe Lieberman and we hope that You give them strength and comfort during this difficult time. We pray that they find rest in You at all times and gain Your peace which transcends all understanding.”

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