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July 25, 2008

Shameful! Senator Obama’s Prayer Stolen From The Wailing Wall And Published!!!

 The Western Wall in the midst of the Old City in Jerusalem is the section of the Western supporting wall of the Temple Mount which has remained intact since the destruction of the Second Jerusalem Temple in 19BCE.  The Wall became the most sacred spot in Jewish religious and national consciousness and tradition by virtue of its proximity to the Western Wall of the Holy of Holies in the Temple, from which, according to numerous sources, the Divine Presence never departed.

Many visitors to the 2,000-year-old Western Wall (also called the “WailingWall) leave notes bearing requests and prayers. Senator Obama did so during a 5:00am pre-dawn visit on Thursday, following a day spent meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Senator Obama’s prayer, written on a piece of hotel notepaper, was published by an Israeli newspaper, which was criticized for making it public.

“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 what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.”

 But Shmuel Rabinovitz, the rabbi in charge of the Western Wall, said publishing the note was an intrusion of the presidential candidate’s relationship with God.

Twice a year, when the cracks in the Wall become full, the prayers and messages are removed and buried – without being read – in strict accordance with Jewish law.

“The notes placed between the stones of the Western Wall are between a person and his maker. It is forbidden to read them or make any use of them,” he told Army Radio. The newspaper’s action, he said “damages the Western Wall and damages the personal, deep part of every one of us that we keep to ourselves.”

Another Israeli paper, Yediot Ahronot, published an article saying it had also obtained the note but decided not to publish it to respect Mr. Obama’s privacy.

Maariv published a photograph of the note, which it said had been removed from the wall by a student at a Jewish seminary immediately after Senator Obama left.

The handwriting appeared to match a message Obama wrote in the guest book at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial, on Wednesday and was written on stationery from the King David Hotel, where Obama stayed while in Israel.

At the Western Wall, Mr. Obama was greeted by a crowd of curious onlookers and photographers. He donned a white skullcap, listened to a rabbi read a prayer, and inserted a folded white piece of paper between the stones.

Shameful.  This is a sacred and most personal communication between Senator and his Lord and Savior.

It never should have been removed from the wall…




  1. Nothing, apparently, is private these days. It’s a shame.

    Comment by deannaizme — July 25, 2008 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

  2. The person who removed the prayer is a seminary student??? I don’t want to believe that…

    It feels like such a violation to me. Very sad!

    Comment by Paulette — July 25, 2008 @ 2:02 pm | Reply

  3. As I was reading this post and absolutely disgusted by this shameful act, I had a feeling that the person who took the prayer and revealed it was someone who considered themselves “religious”. Then I came to where you revealed it was a seminary student. Bingo. Why is it that some people who consider themselves “religious” are the ones who commit the greatest affronts to God and humanity?
    As you know I experienced this myself last night being targeted by a bunch of hateful Catholics.
    And by the way, thanks for your loving support. Isn’t the basis of all religion and spirituality supposed to be unconditional love? If not, it should be. It would certainly make this world a better place to live. Duh.

    Comment by Bruce — July 25, 2008 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  4. Bruce I don’t consider myself to be religious BUT I am very spiritual – I have a great relationship with my Creator. Often times I am pissed off and embarrassed by so called Christians — their MISinterpretation of the Bible can be contemptible and disrespectful.

    God and Jesus shows us unconditional love — it’s not easy to do all the time but I strive to be ‘Christ-like’. I am not ‘Christ’ or ‘God’ so I try not to be judgemental. No one is earth is perfect – I surely am not.

    Hate is fear personified – why are they abusing you? What are THEY so afraid of? Their hatred is more about themselves and they don’t even realize it.

    ‘Love your neighbour as thy self’ it should be so easy for Christian zealots…

    Comment by Paulette — July 25, 2008 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  5. I don’t support Obama as a politician but a man’s prayer is private. Anyone that steals it, purposely reads it, or publishes it should be ashamed of themselves. As you said “Shameful. This is a sacred and most personal communication between Senator and his Lord and Savior.” If such a choice ever arises in the future, I hope you’ll reconsider whether you want to decry what they’ve done, or join them just because they did it first. It didn’t need reprinting, but it does deserve discussing.

    Comment by patrioticwisdom — July 26, 2008 @ 12:45 am | Reply

  6. Patriotic Wisdom – I agree with you and until the last second wrestled with attaching the prayer or not.

    Comment by Paulette — July 26, 2008 @ 3:39 am | Reply

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