FOLLOW UP AND UPDATE TO MY POST: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ..... AND ME
"Lord – Protect my family and me," read the note published in the Maariv daily. "Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do
And anyway, there had to be a second note,. have you ever tried to squeeze something into the Wailing wall? It gets totally scrunched up.
On the other hand, in the world of paparazzi, the exposure of the prayer was predictable, and Obama apparently constructed the prayer for public consumption. Like everything else about his visit, this was a carefully crafted statement, designed not to ruffle very many feathers. And like this prayer, there was nothing extraordinary about Obama’s visit. As you would expect from a politician, he tried to be all things to all people. And he probably succeeded.
Obama Prayer Scandal is a Cynical FRAUD Yid with Lid
Regular readers of these pages will note they didn't see the note here. Not because of the private nature of a prayer, but because the entire thing smelled. As I told Yael of Boker Tov Boulder on Friday, commented on Atlas Shrugs , and my Rabbi on Saturday), I did not believe that a Yeshiva Student would violate the sanctity of someones 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.
Sadly the news came out today that I was correct. Ma'ariv announced to day that the whole thing was done with the cooperation with the Obama Campaign
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." The paper added that is was "pleased" with its "journalistic accomplishment."
The campaign might be less pleased with another pronouncement by Maariv: "In any case," the spokesman said, "since Obama is not a Jew, publishing the note does not constitute an infringement on his right to privacy. Source
First of all the Paper is 100% WRONG! Most Rabbis would agree that ANY note in the Kotel is private, whether written by a Jew or a Gentile (you won't find 100% of Rabbis agreeing on anything)
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.
UPDATE: The latest edition of Shire Network News is up: Podcast goes to the Wall.
Shire Network News also takes a few big swipes at Barak Obama. Here's part of what Brian of London said on the show:
But let us not forget Obama at the Western Wall (or Ha- Kotel to give it it's Hebrew name). You may well have seen Obama trying to insert a note in the Wall and know that later, the very same note turned up, published in full in the Ma'ariv newspaper in Israel. Obama prayed for me, me, me..... more me's than a thing with lots of me's in it.
It's now been confirmed by A Ma'ariv spokesman in the Jerusalem Post 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." The paper added that is was "pleased" with its "journalistic accomplishment."
One of the most important central lessons of Judaism is to move away from personal fulfillment and toward what one can do for others. Judaism doesn't regulate rights for the self, it lays down obligations toward others. One doesn't live to make oneself happy: one lives to attain happiness through performing good deeds that make others happy. Jews say prayers for sick relatives or friends, and ask friends to do the same: they never say pray for me.
Obviously, Barrak is not a Jew. Obviously Jesus was. I'm just saying.
That particular note of BHO's so supremely violates all concepts of Jewish prayer its no wonder the Kotel kept pushing the thing back out at him. When I watched the video I could just hear the voice of G-d (or the New York Times editor): "NOW WRITE THAT AGAIN BUT PRAY FOR OTHERS!"