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Obama to host Seder Thursday night
JERUSALEM POST ^ | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER

Posted on 04/08/2009 5:51:31 AM PDT by SJackson

US President Barack Obama will celebrate Passover Thursday night with staff and friends in what is believed to be the first White House Seder attended by an American president.

Obama prays at the Western Wall on his visit to Israel. Photo: AP [file] The event was slipped onto the president's public schedule Tuesday night with little fanfare, following a letter signed by Obama earlier in the day wishing Americans who mark the day a "peaceful and relaxing holiday."

While presidential proclamations in honor of Passover have been common throughout the administrations of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, this year's Seder is believed to be the first of its kind.

"I'm really happy to hear about it," said Steve Rabinowitz, who once led a staff Seder in the Clinton White House but didn't know of any White House Seder in which the president had personally taken part before now. "It's been an extremely open White House to all faith communities, certainly including ours."

William Daroff, who runs the United Jewish Communities' Washington office, recalled that former president Franklin D. Roosevelt snuck out the back door of the White House in 1943 to avoid seeing rabbis marching out front to demand US action to save European Jews from the Nazis.

"Sixty-six years later the President of the United States is spending Thursday evening with his friends and family celebrating the liberation and survival of the Jewish people," Daroff noted, calling the event "a testament to how far we have come as a Jewish people in America.

"Jews are a vital component in the mosaic that is American culture and society. Our welcome through the front door, and the dining room door, of the White House speaks to the inclusiveness of today's America and of President Obama," he said. "This night is indeed different from all other nights."

In his letter, Obama called the story of Jews' ascent from slavery to freedom in the Land of Israel as "among the most powerful stories of suffering and redemption in human history," accompanied by rituals and symbols that indicate "the beauty of freedom and the responsibility it entails."

He also said the holiday presented a message for all humankind. "As part of a larger global community, we all must work to ensure that our brothers and sisters of every race, religion, culture and nationality are free from bondage and repression, and are able to live in peace."

He concluded his letter with the traditional Hebrew greeting "chag sameach," or happy holiday.

Though Passover starts on Wednesday evening, Obama will be hosting the second Seder, on Thursday night, apparently so that those in attendance can celebrate with their families on the first night.

The guest list was not immediately available, though it is likely to include top Obama advisors David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel, both of whom are Jewish, as well as some of the key Jewish donors to Obama's presidential campaign.

Rabinowitz said that though he hadn't been invited, "I'm only sorry that I won't be there to see the president and his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel say at the same time, 'Once we were all slaves. Now we are all free.'"


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1 posted on 04/08/2009 5:51:31 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Geldman Sachs will handle the catering


2 posted on 04/08/2009 5:52:46 AM PDT by silverleaf (We live in interesting times: now the entire IRS works for a tax evader)
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Rabinowitz said that though he hadn't been invited, "I'm only sorry that I won't be there to see the president and his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel say at the same time, 'Once we were all slaves. Now we are all free.'"

Obama's ancestors were never slaves in Egypt. Though irrelevant to Passover, I've never heard of his ancestors being slaves anywhere. Slave owners on mom's side, slave traders likely on pop's, but slaves, no.

3 posted on 04/08/2009 5:54:05 AM PDT by SJackson (Barack Obama went to Harvard and became an educated fool. Rep. Bobby Rush)
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To: SJackson

Will he use a teleprompter for the four questions?


4 posted on 04/08/2009 5:55:24 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: SJackson

Will he use a teleprompter for the four questions?


5 posted on 04/08/2009 5:56:20 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: SJackson

Will the White House be serving cheese burgers?


6 posted on 04/08/2009 5:57:18 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: silverleaf

You mean Gelded Sacks?.............


7 posted on 04/08/2009 5:58:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (If Keynesian economics worked, Zimbabwe would be a superpower.......................)
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To: SJackson

OK then, when do the Druids get their dinner?


8 posted on 04/08/2009 6:00:29 AM PDT by RexBeach ("Do your duty in all things." Robert E. Lee)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Very funny!


9 posted on 04/08/2009 6:01:31 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: SJackson

Hamas gets $900 million, but BO holds a seder.

So it evens out. (off sarcasm)

What Jewish person of faith would attend such a blatant stunt?


10 posted on 04/08/2009 6:01:33 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: ClearCase_guy
Will the White House be serving cheese burgers?

Probably catfish and porkchops.

11 posted on 04/08/2009 6:02:20 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: SoFloFreeper

TOTUS has demanded this stunt and its reader will follow.


12 posted on 04/08/2009 6:09:40 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
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To: SJackson

Mazel Tov Barack! /sarc


13 posted on 04/08/2009 6:10:37 AM PDT by Borges
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To: SoFloFreeper
What Jewish person of faith would attend such a blatant stunt?

Axelrod, Emanuel, Geithner, Summers, Volker, Plouffe, and Orzag to name a few.

Jews in the Obama Administration

14 posted on 04/08/2009 6:11:10 AM PDT by kabar
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To: SJackson

Support Hamas to the tune of $900 million dollars, prostrate himself before muslims in Turkey, morally equate Palestinian suicide bombers with Israelis trying to protect themselves, but then host a Seder dinner to even things out.


15 posted on 04/08/2009 6:12:56 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: kabar

thanks for the heads up.

sorry to see their politics takes precedence over their people’s saftey.


16 posted on 04/08/2009 6:13:27 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SJackson

He is good!!! This will make 100% of the Jewsih people vote for him even though he wants a weak Israel.


17 posted on 04/08/2009 6:18:20 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Still campaigning...you can stop now, ya’ know!


18 posted on 04/08/2009 6:19:59 AM PDT by mikelets456
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To: SJackson

Knowing Obama, he’ll serve bacon-wrapped Wagyu Beef bites for the h’ors dourves.


19 posted on 04/08/2009 6:32:50 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

I guess this stop on the apology tour will be for selling out Israel to the PLO, Iran and Syria.


20 posted on 04/08/2009 6:41:32 AM PDT by Mouton
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To: NativeNewYorker

Will the telepromter wear a yarmulke?


21 posted on 04/08/2009 6:47:26 AM PDT by maggief
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To: SJackson

I hope he finds Jesus.


22 posted on 04/08/2009 7:01:00 AM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: SJackson

Wondering if this is to prepare us for the White House celebration of the holidays of the Religion Of Peace.


23 posted on 04/08/2009 7:12:01 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (beware the alliance of the left and the jihadis)
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To: SERKIT

there can no pork at an islamic Seder!


24 posted on 04/08/2009 7:13:25 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Fiscal conservatism without social conservatism is dead.)
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To: silverleaf
Yep.Madoff will sponsor the event :-))
25 posted on 04/08/2009 7:14:40 AM PDT by QQQQ
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

bingo. ramadan is next. “I did christmas, I did the Seder, I did Ramadan...who am I?”


26 posted on 04/08/2009 7:14:44 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Fiscal conservatism without social conservatism is dead.)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged
Wondering if this is to prepare us for the White House celebration of the holidays of the Religion Of Peace.

A Ramadan celebration would seem reasonable.

27 posted on 04/08/2009 7:16:19 AM PDT by SJackson (Barack Obama went to Harvard and became an educated fool. Rep. Bobby Rush)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Sure he will. Why would this night be any different than the others? /


28 posted on 04/08/2009 8:08:53 AM PDT by Vendome
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To: ari-freedom

What no Jewish dilemma?

free ham


29 posted on 04/08/2009 8:09:56 AM PDT by Vendome
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To: SJackson
a letter signed by Obama earlier in the day wishing Americans who mark the day a "peaceful and relaxing holiday."

Profound. I bet he would wish Americans more for Super Bowl weekend, and much more enthusiastically.

Love that Passover has become a symbol of global unity, peace and freedom! God's chosen were set aside, but, hey, what did He know? Obama knows so much better.

30 posted on 04/08/2009 8:18:04 AM PDT by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: ari-freedom

That’s the point - he is clueless and would do such a thing.

I see this as a publicity stunt to mask what he is really doing with Israel and to open the door for celebrating Ramadan too.

When I saw this I thought of the Abomination of Desolation...


31 posted on 04/08/2009 8:25:11 AM PDT by Bookwoman ("...and I am unanimous in this..")
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To: ClearCase_guy
Will the White House be serving cheese burgers?

Grilled Reubens and Heineken.

32 posted on 04/08/2009 8:28:11 AM PDT by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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To: SJackson; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; dennisw; Yehuda; Nachum; pabianice; ncfool; Free ThinkerNY; ...
William Daroff is well known as a Republican, or at least has been. That's why I'm kind of taken aback at Daroff's effusive praise of O regarding O's attitude toward Jews, as reported in this article. Turns out Daroff's current job is with a Jewish organization with which none other than Bill Clinton is listed as a celebrity. I suppose that in a rough economy, you have to know on which side your bread is buttered.

Well, at least Daroff showed some courage in blasting FDR's lack of action during the Holocaust, but that apparently is safer than refusing to be an Obama drone.

33 posted on 04/08/2009 8:54:28 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Meanwhile, Zero does everything in his power to destroy Israel. What a disgrace that any Jew would have this anti-Semite anywhere near them.


34 posted on 04/08/2009 8:56:34 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SJackson

The author of your posted article, Hillary Leila Krieger (Jerusalem Post Washington reporter), is known to cozy up with the American Left, judging from quite a number of articles she’s written which I’ve now seen here on FR. So her puff piece on Obama’s WH Seder isn’t very surprising.


35 posted on 04/08/2009 9:00:00 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93
I know we're supposed to only say things critical of akaObama here. But apparently for a time in the Illinois State Senate, he shared an office with an Observant Jew. I heard this man interviewed by Nachum Segal (not an Obama supporter!) for 15-20 minutes and it was primarily good news. akaObama was very interested in learning about customs &c., and wasn't at all critical of Israel. I think if it had entirely been an act the Observant guy would have seen through it and just kept his mouth shut.

(BTW, did you see my Birchat HaChamma post?)

ML/NJ

36 posted on 04/08/2009 9:05:05 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: justiceseeker93

You’ve got to suck up to get that donation..:)


37 posted on 04/08/2009 9:06:49 AM PDT by Nachum (the complete list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: justiceseeker93
William Daroff is well known as a Republican, or at least has been. That's why I'm kind of taken aback at Daroff's effusive praise of O regarding O's attitude toward Jews, as reported in this article.

Why, he hasn't done anything to offend Jews. He has a worldview which imo will be harmful to Israel and the US, but lots of people on the left agree with his viewpoint.

38 posted on 04/08/2009 9:12:12 AM PDT by SJackson (Barack Obama went to Harvard and became an educated fool. Rep. Bobby Rush)
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To: SJackson
slave traders likely on pop's,

Funny how people here in the US forget that without willing sellers, there could be no buyers, only thieves... A sad part of the history of slavery but true (to this day it still goes on in places).

39 posted on 04/08/2009 9:12:45 AM PDT by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: ml/nj

Meant to include you in post 38. The issues with Obama should relate to policy, policies potentially at least as harmful to the US as Israel, and not directed at Jews. I do think he’s tolerant of antisemites and racists in his midst, but there’s no indication he bears any animosity toward Jews at all.


40 posted on 04/08/2009 9:14:55 AM PDT by SJackson (Barack Obama went to Harvard and became an educated fool. Rep. Bobby Rush)
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To: ClearCase_guy

White House be serving Spam on a stick.


41 posted on 04/08/2009 9:17:49 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: fortunecookie

We forget a lot of things. Just a few days ago he was bowing to a King whose nation ended slavery only within the lifespan of the King and the supplicant President of the United States. And who still denys his subjects anything near what Americans would consider the most basic human rights.


42 posted on 04/08/2009 9:17:51 AM PDT by SJackson (Barack Obama went to Harvard and became an educated fool. Rep. Bobby Rush)
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To: SJackson
Jews as stupid voters

"Jewish Humanism"

43 posted on 04/08/2009 9:18:28 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: NativeNewYorker
Will he use a teleprompter for the four questions?

Absolutely! Why should this night be different from any other night?

44 posted on 04/08/2009 9:19:02 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: SJackson
no indication he bears any animosity toward Jews at all.

I don't know. Spending 20 years listening to Reverend Wright isn't a good sign. I also think that there has been more than just a casual relationship between akaObama and Farrakhan. Biography.com used to credit akaObama's effort in support of Farrakhan's "Million-man March" but no more. (And then akaObama was one of only five or so mentioned.)

Lie down with dogs; get up with fleas. Maybe you've seen me relate my own family history which has my grandmother coming to America in 1936 to look for a place to live. And then on the day of Kristalnacht leaving her home in Berlin with my grandfather, stopping in several European cities to collect money that her customers owed her (She had asked them not to pay her until she came to collect.), then stopping in England to collect my father who was in his third year of school outside of Germany (The first was in Italy.), and then coming to America. I like to think some of her prescience is in my blood. I used to pooh-pooh people who were worried about anti-Semitism in the US. I am no longer quite so sanguine as I once was.

ML/NJ

45 posted on 04/08/2009 9:45:51 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: justiceseeker93

Ø hosting a seder (l’havdil)) is like Haman thowing a Purim party. (strike three).


46 posted on 04/08/2009 9:45:52 AM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Yehuda

Ain’t that the truth!


47 posted on 04/08/2009 9:56:55 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies - C.S. Lewis)
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To: ml/nj
But apparently for a time in the Illinois State Senate, he shared an office with an observant Jew.

I'm guessing that this observant Jew was a fellow state senator and a Democrat. How did O come to share an office with him? Do you mean that state powers that be didn't have enough office space so that two senators had to share the same office? And even if the story is true, could O have been interested in learning about Judaism out of a sinister motive? Remember that during this period, when he went back to Chicago, he was listening to Rev. Wright's sermons and hobnobbing with Islamic radicals, such as Khalidi, in his district.

48 posted on 04/08/2009 10:06:53 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Yehuda
O hosting a seder (l'havdil) is like Haman throwing a Purim party.

Pretty good analogy. I started to laugh when I read it, but caught myself and realized that the implications are too serious.

49 posted on 04/08/2009 10:12:13 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: ml/nj

Yes, very comfortable in the company of antisemites, racists and anti-American activists from the benign to terrorists. This goes directly to his judgement, and should have been an issue in the campaign, since through his association he legitimizes these views, unfortunately McCain not only refused to raise it, but assured us it wasn’t an issue. However it’s difficult to make a definitive case that he dislikes Jews, or whites.


50 posted on 04/08/2009 10:53:57 AM PDT by SJackson (Barack Obama went to Harvard and became an educated fool. Rep. Bobby Rush)
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