With Jewish Rep., Congress Gets First Mezuzah Since 2010

WASHINGTON -
Rep. Lee Zeldin on Tuesday installs a mezuzah at his Capitol Hill office in Washington. At right is Rabbi Chaim Grossbaum of the Stony Brook Chabad center; at left is Rockland County Majority Leader Aron Wieder. (Hamodia Photo)
Rep. Lee Zeldin on Tuesday installs a mezuzah at his Capitol Hill office in Washington. At right is Rabbi Chaim Grossbaum of the Stony Brook Chabad center; at left is Rockland County Majority Leader Aron Wieder. (Hamodia Photo)

Lee Zeldin may be the only Jewish Republican in Congress among dozens of Jewish Democrats — but he’s been the only one to install a mezuzah on his office.

Hours after he was sworn in to office Tuesday, the Long Island Republican knocked a mezuzah onto his main office door, putting the religious symbol up in Congress for the first time since 2010. That was when Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), an observant Jew, retired from office.

The former state senator and military veteran is the  only Jewish Republican in the House since Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) stepped down last year.

Attending the event was Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder. Later Tuesday night, Wieder was unanimously reelected majority leader by his Democratic colleagues.