The son of US President Joe Biden has led a prayer for justice at his nephew's bar mitzvah while under investigation for alleged federal tax and gun crimes.
Hunter Biden, who last week rejected a plea deal with the federal government, spoke at his nephew Jayden Cohen's bar mitzvah at the Etz Chaim synagogue in Marietta, Georgia.
Jayden, the son of his brother-in-law Davan Cohen, was bar mitzvah on August 12 during the Shabbat morning service
Hunter Biden’s performance was captured in a Facebook live stream at the egalitarian Conservative shul but gained social media attention this weekend after a special prosecutor was appointed in his federal case.
At the service, Biden recited the prayer for U.S. leaders, which many American synagogues recite that reads:
Our God and God of our ancestors, with mercy accept our prayer on behalf of our country and its government.
Pour out Your blessing upon this land, upon its inhabitants, upon its leaders, judges, officers, and officials, who faithfully devote themselves to the needs of the public.
Help them understand the rules of justice You have decreed, so that peace and security, happiness and freedom, will never depart from our land.
Part of the prayer that he read states “Help them understand the rules of justice” and “Grant us the knowledge to judge justly.”
One worshipper told the NY Post: “You would have thought Paul McCartney was there in the room, the way people were ga-ga over him,”
According to the New York Post, Biden fidgeted with his kippah, forgot his prayer book when he went up to the bimah, wandered around the sanctuary after finishing his reading, and was the only male relative without a necktie.