Hank Sheinkopf, Rabbi

 Hank Sheinkopf, RabbiPoliticos know Hank Sheinkopf as an ace consultant and manic quote machine, but now he can add another line to his resume: rabbi.

From the Jewish Week:

For 30 years, Hank Sheinkopf has been offering his advice to candidates and his analysis of the political landscape to the media. Now, he’s also fielding questions about halacha and offering comfort to the spiritually afflicted – as a newly ordained Orthodox rabbi.

Rabbi Sheinkopf was granted smicha on July 5 from Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yaroslavsky of Kfar Chabad, the Lubavitch enclave in Israel. Since the rabbi speaks no English, Sheinkopf completed his exam in Hebrew, which he has been studying at home on the Upper West Side.
“I studied very hard,” said the consultant, 61, who is perhaps the most quoted pundit in the city, and has worked on the 2001 mayoral campaign of former Public Advocate Mark Green, the 1998 attorney general bid of Eliot Spitzer and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election campaign, among many others.  “I had to learn four portions of the Shulchan Orach .”
Sheinkopf became Orthodox 18 years ago before the birth of his son, Isaac. He and his wife, Dr. Debra Budick, also have a 15-year-old daughter, Sarah. He said he pursued smicha because of his sense of being blessed with a successful life after a rough start, living in a poor and volatile home in the South Bronx, the son of teenage parents, and later in an upstate orphanage. During the unhappiest times of his childhood, he often dreamed of being a rabbi.




  1. Marrim says:

    Does this mean he will be returning all of the money he stole over the years?

  2. BronxVoter says:

     Will he admit he misled journalists during the 2010 primary, saying his was “not involved” in the Espada race–   when the truth was he was giving money to Espada campaign?   Maybe he’ll remember taking an ethics course on the road to the rabbinate? Was there anything about the ethics of lying?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hank “Take The Fifth” Sheinkopf who likes to keep his hands in many pockets is now a Rabbi and going for his PHD.

    I wish him well in his new calling 

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