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July 28, 2008

UPDATE: Obama’s Prayer Returned To Wailing Wall

 The yeshiva student who pried Barack Obama’s prayer note from the Western Wall has apologized.

Identified only by the first initial of his name, Aleph, and with his face obscured, the student went on television on Sunday to confess that he took Senator Obama’s note last week and passed it to the press.

The resulting coverage of Obama’s private, handwritten musings on hope and sin added to the mystique of his campaign visit to Israel but drew international criticism, including from leading rabbis who said Jewish morality had been compromised by the publication.

Obama has not commented on the incident.



  1. It’s good that this heinous act drew such sharp international criticism. I don’t think the media ever should have published it to begin with. I suppose at least the man who stole it apologized. That’s something anyway.

    Comment by Bruce — July 28, 2008 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

  2. I am surprised that the Israeli media published the prayer. The young man needs to be flogged. 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — July 28, 2008 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  3. I’m glad he returned it. It’s a theft, really: A theft of Obama’s prayer and of his privacy.

    Comment by deannaizme — July 28, 2008 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  4. This American notice that Obama wasn’t saying a Prayer for the wounded troops or the ones on the battle field, but only for himself! http://xrl.us/ok3oc

    Comment by goodtimepolitics — July 28, 2008 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  5. Did Obama say a Prayer for the wounded troops or did he only look out for self as always? http://xrl.us/ok3oc

    Comment by goodtimepolitics — July 28, 2008 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  6. It’s a good thing taht the student realized and apologized. prayers are between the person and God. Support Obama, visit WHYOBAMA08.org!

    Comment by Aiken Blue — July 28, 2008 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  7. Aiken – I’m glad the student returned the prayer. However, as a seminary student he should have known better. In his heart he should have known it was the wrong thing to do.

    Comment by Paulette — July 28, 2008 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  8. Thats why I make sure all my prayers are not sent by couriers or stick into a wall, plus it always reach the intended recipient.

    Comment by duttybwoy — July 29, 2008 @ 12:27 am | Reply

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