Jewish Journal


July 28, 2008

Obama’s prayer removed from Western Wall



Here’s an interesting story that I missed Friday. In the aftermath of Barack Obama’s visit last week to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, someone removed the prayer the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate left behind for God. Such an act is serious misconduct—not like desecrating the Eucharist, but close. Of course, once Obama’s prayer (pictured at left) had been removed, it seems its contents were fair game for the daily paper Ma’ariv:

“Lord, Protect my family and me,” Obama’s prayer began. “Forgive me my sins and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.”

The paper’s decision to publish the prayer, written on paper from the King David Hotel, was criticized broadly, including by the rabbi of the Kotel. On Sunday, a yeshiva student identified only as Alef apologized for taking the note.

“I’m sorry. It was a kind of prank,” Alef said on Israel’s Channel 2, his face obscured. “I hope he wasn’t hurt. We all believe he will take the presidency.”

And the Obama campaign thinks they have a Jewish problem. Seems like he’s got Alef’s vote, that is if Alef was a U.S. citizen.

Footage of Obama at the Wall is after the jump:

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