July 27, 2008

Obama’s Prayer Published

Posted in Politics tagged , , , at 12:32 am by Katharine Lackey

An Israeli paper has published the prayer Barack Obama left in Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the AP reports.

The publication has drawn criticism from many, including a Rabbi,Shmuel Rabinowitz, supervisor of the wall.

“The notes placed between the stones of the Western Wall are between a person and his maker. It is forbidden to read them or make any use of them,” he told Army Radio. The publication “damages the Western Wall and damages the personal, deep part of every one of us that we keep to ourselves,” he said.

The note reads:

“Lord — Protect my family and me,” reads the note published in the Maariv daily. “Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.”

UPDATE 11:55AM July 29

An Israeli student is apologizing for taking Obama’s prayer from the Western Wall, according to Religious News Service.

“I’m sorry. It was a kind of prank,” the student, identified only by the Hebrew initial “Aleph,” told reporters Sunday. “I hope (Obama) wasn’t hurt. We all believe he will take the presidency.”

The article also reports that the newspaper that originally published the prayer faces legal sanctions. Obama’s prayer has also since been reinserted into the Wall, the article says.


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