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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sarah Palin attends a Shabbaton

She didn't keep the entire Sabbath - non-Jews aren't supposed to do that. But Sarah Palin spent Friday night at a Shabbaton in Hershey, Pennsylvania before heading to Washington for Glenn Beck's mass rally on Saturday.
She was a guest speaker at a Jewish "Shabbaton"—a Sabbath gathering for prayer, meals, songs, study and conversation—in Hershey, PA. Benyamin Korn's account of it in the New York Sun is a must read. Here are a few highlights:
By evening, the halls of the Hershey Lodge were filled with the aroma of chulent, the traditional Sabbath stew....My colleague Sheya, director of PalinTV, presented Mrs. Palin with the ArtScroll edition of Perek Shira, a commentary on the song of celebration sung by Jewish women during the exodus from Egypt. Mrs. Palin received the Hebrew volume with obvious delight; she has used the biblical Book of Esther as bedtime reading material for her eight-year-old daughter, Piper. She wants Willow to emulate Esther, Jewish history’s great heroine, who risked everything to save the Jewish people from Haman's plan for genocide.... On her lapel, she wore a pin showing the American and Israeli flags intertwined.... As we enjoyed our Shabbat meal, we listened to Mrs. Palin’s references to "Judeo-Christian values"—a concept well understood by the deeply religious Christian audience with whom we shared the evening, including more than a few Amish ladies wearing their traditional bonnets....
So evangelical Christian Sarah Palin spent Friday night with (mostly) observant Jews, along with various Christians, including some Amish. Then on Saturday she spoke at a rally hosted by a Mormon who went out of his way in his remarks to refer to the important role of "churches, synagogues and mosques" in American life.


Welcome to today's intolerant, divisive, close-minded, and just plain scary American conservatism.


At 4:10 AM, Blogger Alexander Maccabee said...

"Mosques" important? -- Important places to hear the Arab version of "Mein Kampf", known more commonly as, the "Quran" [percentage wise, and mathematically speaking, the Quran has more anti-Semitic content than Hitler's Mein Kampf. Its an incontestable, non-debatable fact that can be observed by anyone with a copy of each book.].

Beck lost me when he stabbed Geert Wilders in the back after he had him on his show, and he compared him to WWII's fascists [which would translate to Hitler, no?].


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