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Emanuel, son pray at W. Wall
jpost.com ^ | 5/27/10 | staff

Posted on 05/27/2010 10:28:19 AM PDT by Nachum

Chief of Staff's son marking bar-mitzvah; Ben-Gvir detained for heckling

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel prayed with his son, who is celebrating his bar-mitzvah, at the Western Wall and inserted a note into its stones on Thursday, after police misled the media into believing Emanuel is on his way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and heading there. Following the maneuver, Emanuel's security allowed him to join his son at the Western Wall. Earlier, Emanuel and his family toured Jerusalem's Old City, and met with Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitz.

A bar-mitzva celebration for Emanuel's son, Zach, is to take place on Sunday.

Earlier on Thursday, right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir verbally abused Emanuel and his family, as they were walking through the Cardo in Jerusalem's Old City.

Ben-Gvir also yelled at police officers "for shame," and "you won't shut me up!"

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: emanuel; pray; rahm; rahmemanuel; son; wall
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1 posted on 05/27/2010 10:28:19 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Interesting. I never knew that Emanual’s wife was a convert. There is debate at the site if the conversion was valid. That would mean that his child isn’t Jewish. It would explain a lot about his behavior.


2 posted on 05/27/2010 10:31:56 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: onedoug
Police immediately surrounded Ben-Gvir, who shouted that Emanuel was "a hater of Israel," and removed him from the scene, taking him into custody.
3 posted on 05/27/2010 10:33:56 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Nachum

Is the American taxpayer paying for Emmanuel’s trip with his family, which is obviously personal?


4 posted on 05/27/2010 10:36:09 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (The 0bama regime represents an "Clear and Present Danger" to the US - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Nachum

Rahm, like Obama and most other hardcore lefties, hasn’t a true religious bone in his body. They only use religion when it serves their own purposes.


5 posted on 05/27/2010 10:43:43 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Nachum

It’s my understanding that if the conversion did not take place in Israel under strictly orthodox rabbis, that many will deem that Mrs. Emanuel’s was not a valid conversion, and thus the children, if they choose to be Jews, must convert as adults.


6 posted on 05/27/2010 10:46:21 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: Nachum

I thought he was dis-invited to Jerusalem?


7 posted on 05/27/2010 10:46:29 AM PDT by eCSMaster (He promised hope; he gave us hype. He promised change; he gave us chains!)
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To: ETL

There was criticsim of the boy’s Bar Mitzvah meal being at a non-kosher restaurant.


8 posted on 05/27/2010 10:47:04 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

It was a conversion under Conservative, rather than Orthodox, auspices, so Orthodox Jews would not regard her or their son as Jews.


9 posted on 05/27/2010 10:48:03 AM PDT by Piranha (Obama won like Bernie Madoff attracted investors: by lying about his values, policy and plans.)
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To: hennie pennie
It’s my understanding that if the conversion did not take place in Israel under strictly orthodox rabbis, that many will deem that Mrs. Emanuel’s was not a valid conversion, and thus the children, if they choose to be Jews, must convert as adults

True. And his Rabbi in Chicago refuses to answer specific questions about the conversion. Also, the conversion itself was done just before their wedding. Rahm's mom was a big-time union lefty. It all sort of fits.

10 posted on 05/27/2010 10:48:56 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Piranha

It was a conversion under Conservative, rather than Orthodox, auspices, so Orthodox Jews would not regard her or their son as Jews.


Isn’t that like saying the Roman Catholic Church doesn’t consider Protestant marriage ceremonies valid?


11 posted on 05/27/2010 10:53:06 AM PDT by RogerQ
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To: Nachum
Yep, that's pretty telling if the Rabbi who conducted the conversion is unavailable for questions.

LOL

However, I still feel bad for the children... and can't imagine WHY their parents would subject them to such public scenes by having a Bar Mitzvah is Israel.

The parents must be a real set of clueless narcissists.

12 posted on 05/27/2010 10:55:06 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: Piranha
It was a conversion under Conservative, rather than Orthodox, auspices, so Orthodox Jews would not regard her or their son as Jews.

Really? Their synagogue is conservative? Wikipedia describes it as "modern orthodox". Big difference if it is. The shul's website describes itself upholds Orthodox belief and practice, while confidently engaging with the modern world.".

Which includes eating traif, when out and about.

13 posted on 05/27/2010 10:57:37 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum; Yehuda
Did the son also eat SQUID, along with his dad?

Surely they don't belong to an orthodox or conservative synagogue in Chicago????

Squid.... WHAT were they thinking????

14 posted on 05/27/2010 10:59:39 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: RogerQ

No, it gets much more technical than that — the boys, should they wish to make aliyah to Israel, won’t be allowed to — not unless they agree to convert to Judaism, under orthodox rabbis.


15 posted on 05/27/2010 11:01:50 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: Nachum

Rahm’s “message” no doubt said...”according to current US administration policy, this is muslim property”


16 posted on 05/27/2010 11:03:39 AM PDT by rod1
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To: RogerQ

What the Roman Catholic church does or does not do has no relevance to Jewish law.

Under Jewish law someone is Jewish if his or her mother was a Jew or if that person converted to Judaism in front of an approved panel of three Orthodox rabbis (I say “approved panel” because not all Orthodox rabbis’ conversions are accepted). Approval comes after a lengthy study period.

Conversion to Judaism is not encouraged, and I understand that process is quite rigorous.

An Orthodox rabbi will not perform a marriage ceremony between a Jew and someone who is not considered Jewish according to Jewish law. A Conservative rabbi will take the same position, in general, but the conversions that are accepted in Conservative Judaism (a sect that originated in New York in the late 19th century and has a following in the US, Canada and Argentina, with a smattering of other adherents elsewhere) can be much looser than those done under Orthodox auspices.


17 posted on 05/27/2010 11:10:31 AM PDT by Piranha (Obama won like Bernie Madoff attracted investors: by lying about his values, policy and plans.)
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To: Nachum

Their synagogue is a “modern Orthodox” synagogue (or as the rabbi prefers to call it, “open Orthodox”. I believe that Rahm Emanuel’s wife’s conversion to Judaism had nothing to do with that synagogue and that the rabbis who participated were Conservative rabbis.


18 posted on 05/27/2010 11:12:20 AM PDT by Piranha (Obama won like Bernie Madoff attracted investors: by lying about his values, policy and plans.)
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To: stylecouncilor

Emanuel is not a “hater of Israel”, he is a “hater of personal freedoms”.


19 posted on 05/27/2010 11:15:18 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Boycott PA 12!)
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To: Nachum

i didn’t know rahm was even married, much less fathered a child.


20 posted on 05/27/2010 11:18:59 AM PDT by mrs tiggywinkle
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