by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Let me start by saying I am not for or against Barak Obama. I am for G-d, His Torah and mitzvot, and against making a mockery of Him...
I previously wrote about Obama's ludicrous photo op, where he was using the (currently) most holy place of Judaism as a photo prop. But, after hearing that he wrote a prayer and placed it in the Holy Wall (following local custom), and that his prayer had been taken from the Holy Wall, I felt bad about what I wrote. Reading the honest prayer made me feel worse.
I thought: "Ok, he's a straightforward guy who took a moment out to stop by a holy place and pray. Of course his people used it for a photo-op, that's what they do. But he was just briefly taking advantage of holy Jerusalem before going on his way." Kav schut, look at the good in a person...
My mistake, we're not dealing with a person, we're dealing with a politician. One who's political machine is starting to put the Clinton's to shame (and that is one impressive statement.) Maariv newspaper, the publisher of the filched note, along with IsraelInsider and YidWithLid, clearly show statements from the campaign that the "prayer" was a campaign publication, and the taking of the prayer (dirty bad Jews stealing prayers right out of their own holy site!) was an engineered campaign activity!!!
(IsaelInsider) What initially seemed to be a journalistic scoop of dubious moral propriety now seems to be a case of an Israeli paper being played by the Barack Obama campaign. Maariv, the second most popular newspaper in Israel, was roundly criticized for publishing the note Obama left in the Kotel. But now a Maariv spokesperson says that publication of the note was pre-approved for international publication by the Obama campaign, leading to the conclusion that the "private" prayer was intentionally leaked for public consumption...
It now appears that Maariv had collaborated with the Obama campaign in getting the "private" prayer, with its "modest" supplicaton to the Lord, out to the public, buffing his Christian credentials and showing his "humility."
A Ma'ariv spokesman was quoted in the Jerusalem Post as saying that "Barack Obama's note was approved for publication in the international media even before he put in the Kotel, a short time after he wrote it at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem."
(YidWithLid) I did not believe that a Yeshiva Student would violate the sanctity of someone's personal prayer to God and even more important was the fact EVERY SINGLE Second of Obama's "world tour" was detailed for maximum political effect. If a guy could hang campaign posters at such a holy site as the Kotel, he could cynically stage the release of the Prayer that was written by his staff...
Most important is the fact that this supposedly religious man is so cynical about his relationship with God, that he allowed his campaign to fake a theft of his note to God, in order to look good politically.
And in doing so he's using G-d as a political campaign prop, Jerusalem as a backdrop, the holiest (currently accessible) site to Judaism as a bag boy, and setting up RELIGIOUS JEWS as the bad guy. (A money grubbing prayer stealing non-privacy-respecting yeshiva student "took" the prayer.)
BTW, if Obama is a Xian, why didn't he go visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre?
May Hashem deal with him appropriately. And my dear rabbis and Jewish community leaders who would cosy up with this guy, remember the words of Pirke Avos - they do not stand by you in times of trouble - only when you are useful to them. Right now you make great props. Hope that works for you.
For me, I am disgusted.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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