Orthodox rabbi slated for attending Obama church service

By Simon Rocker
January 21, 2009

A New York rabbi is under fire from his Orthodox colleagues for having taken part in a service at Washington's National Cathedral to commemorate the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
According to the JTA, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein joined interfaith representatives in reciting a non-denominational prayer at the National Prayer Service, a traditional post-inauguration event today.
A spokesman for the Rabbinical Council of America was reported as saying: "The long-standing policy of the Rabbinical Council of America, in accordance with Jewish law, is that participation in a prayer service held in the sanctuary of a church is prohibited."



Geoffrey Paul

Wed, 01/21/2009 - 19:25

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All I do know is that Jews could never but never have walked on water. We would have shot ourselves in the foot so often that, because of the multiplicity of bullet holes, we would have sunk without trace. I would think that the fact that we were there as equals paying our tribute to the new President of the United States is something to celebrate not to bring the walls tumbling down about us. Who needs enemies when we have our small-minded selves....


Thu, 01/22/2009 - 13:28

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Although this is a general rule, exceptions have always been made. There is an ancient Jewish requirement to pray for the welfare of the state in which we live. That's literally what Rabbi Lookstein did. Similarly we see the Chief Rabbi taking part in national services here in the UK.


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