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Sunday, May 30, 2010

What's a Bar Mitzva without catering or music?

What's a Bar Mitzva without catering or music? It's a Bar Mitzva being celebrated for the son of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at the Davidson Center at the back of the Kotel plaza.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s son Zach will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah Sunday at the Davidson Center near the Western Wall but without catering or music. Jerusalem officials accepted a complaint from nationalist activist Itamar Ben-Gvir, who pointed out that the law forbids food and music at the Center, adjacent to the Western Wall

Jerusalem court judge has ordered Ben-Gvir and activist Baruch Marzel to remain at least 1,500 feet from Emanuel and his delegation.

Zach Emanuel is celebrating on Sunday morning. Although Western Wall Bar Mitzvah ceremonies are traditionally held on Monday, Thursday or the Sabbath, the days when the Torah is read, Bar Mitzvah celebration parties can be held at any time.

Emanuel’s diverged from traditional Jewish custom during his trip, although he often has been described in the media as “Orthodox.” He ate non-kosher food publicly in Eilat last week and brought his family to an “alternative orthodox” synagogue in the Germany Colony in Jerusalem Friday night.

Foreign and local media have not noted that the Davidson Center where Zach Emanuel's Bar Mitzvah is being held is in an area that the United States does not recognize as being under Israeli sovereignty.
Hey moron - do what everyone else does and hand out cake and schnapps at the Kotel and then make an affair at the Ben Zakkai shul. Yes, that's in the Old City too, so you lose.

Maybe he should have just let Ben Gvir take the kid on that jeep tour. Heh.


At 2:17 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

"Alternative" Orthodox, Carl? I wonder if you could explain what that is. I haven't heard of it in all my 47 years upon this this earth. I would love to know, as I'm sure many of your readers do, what is an "alternative" stream of Orthodoxy.

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Heck, why didnt Emanuel and his son go the whole hog(?) and have the Bar Mitzvah in Rafah?

At 10:06 PM, Blogger Ashan said...

Look, Emanuel's kids aren't Jewish anyway, as his wife's giyur was never completed. This is the mobster ballerina's big dog and pony show.

At 11:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if the reports of how rahm behaved in israel are true...i would like to know what his rav in chicago thinks

cuz according to him, rahm was shomer shabbat, kashrut, davened three times a day (with a minyan when he could)asked appropriate shailahs, and learned with him.

as for "alternative orthodox"...could be something on par with karlbach


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