Brian of London
The latest edition of Shire Network News is up: Podcast goes to the Wall.
The feature interview is with Anne Franklin of Clintons for McCain. She says they want Barak Obama to lose this election, in order to clear the way for Hillary Clinton next time. Theyâ€™re working overtime to defeat Obama in November.
Of interest to Israellycool readers, however is my blog news piece on Obamaâ€™s trip to the wall and the â€œstolenâ€ or more accurately, cynically published prayer. Obama was a little bit to â€œme me meâ€. Something that Pamela at Atlas Shrugs jumped on.
Hereâ€™s part of what I said on the show:
But let us not forget Obama at the Western Wall (or Ha- Kotel to give it itâ€™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 Maâ€™ariv newspaper in Israel. Obama prayed for me, me, meâ€¦.. more meâ€™s than a thing with lots of meâ€™s in it.
Itâ€™s now been confirmed by A Maâ€™ariv spokesman in the Jerusalem Post that â€œBarack Obamaâ€™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.â€ The paper added that is was â€œpleasedâ€ with its â€œjournalistic accomplishment.â€
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 doesnâ€™t regulate rights for the self, it lays down obligations toward others. One doesnâ€™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, Barack is not a Jew. Obviously Jesus was. Iâ€™m just saying.
That particular note of BHOâ€™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): â€œNOW WRITE THAT AGAIN BUT PRAY FOR OTHERS!â€