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Ari Chi3fs
07-26-2008, 02:09 PM
JERUSALEM - An Israeli newspaper's decision to publish a handwritten prayer left by Barack Obama in the cracks of Jerusalem's Western Wall drew criticism Friday as an invasion of his privacy and his relationship with God.


In the note, placed at Judaism's holiest site Thursday, Obama asks God to guide him and guard his family.


"Lord Protect my family and me. 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," reads the note published in Maariv.


Maariv ran a photograph of the note on its front page Friday. It said the note was removed from the wall by a Jewish seminary student immediately after Obama left.


Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs would neither confirm nor deny the note was Obama's, but the handwriting was similar to another message written by the presidential candidate during his time in Israel this week.


The paper's decision to make the note public brought quick criticism from religious authorities. The rabbi in charge of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinovitz, called it an intrusion on Obama's intimate relationship with God.
"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," Rabinovitz told Army Radio.


The newspaper's action "damages the Western Wall and damages the personal, deep part of every one of us that we keep to ourselves," he added.


Many visitors to the 2,000-year-old Western Wall leave notes in its crevices bearing requests and prayers. Obama placed a small note and then bowed his head during a pre-dawn visit Thursday, following a day spent in talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.


The Western Wall is the lone remaining outer retaining wall of the second biblical Jewish temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70. Revered as Judaism's holiest site, it stands where the Bible says King Solomon built the first Jewish Temple, which was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.


"It's inappropriate that the prayers of a person at the Western Wall should become a subject of public knowledge at all," said Jonathan Rosenblum, a Jerusalem-based analyst of the religious community and director of the Orthodox Am Ehad think tank.


"There is a rabbinic prohibition against reading other people's private communications, and certainly anyone who goes to the wall expects that those communication will be protected," Rosenblum said.


Another Israeli newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, published an article Friday saying it had also obtained the note but decided against publishing it out of respect for Obama's privacy. Nearly all other Israeli media ignored the story.
Thousands of notes and prayers are stuffed into the cracks of the wall. In recent years, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which operates the site, has opened a fax hot line and a Web site where people overseas can send their prayers and have them printed out and put in the wall.
The wall is emptied of its notes several times a year. The papers are treated as a prayer book and buried, rather than burned.


While Maariv drew criticism, the removal and publication of the note did not appear violate any laws. Police officials said they were not investigating the incident.


The handwriting appeared to match a message that Obama wrote Wednesday in the guest book at Yad Vashem, Israel's official Holocaust memorial. It was written on stationery from the King David Hotel, where Obama stayed while in Israel.


Obama signed the Yad Vashem message. The note from the Western Wall was unsigned.


At the Western Wall, Obama was greeted by a crowd of curious onlookers and photographers. He donned a white skullcap, listened to a rabbi read a prayer, and inserted a folded white paper between the stones. One hardline Israeli protester shouted, "Obama, Jerusalem is not for sale."


The visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories was part of an international tour meant to shore up Obama's foreign affairs credentials ahead of the November election. Obama's prospective rival, John McCain, visited Israel in March.

Ultra Peanut
07-26-2008, 02:14 PM
Forgive me my sinsWHAT ARE YOU HIDING MR. OBAMA?

Ari Chi3fs
07-26-2008, 02:31 PM
WHAT ARE YOU HIDING MR. OBAMA?


:D

Most of us are completely perfect and without sin, right? ha hah aha.

recxjake
07-26-2008, 02:31 PM
Not cool... that should be private.

ClevelandBronco
07-26-2008, 02:32 PM
Assuming that this account is accurate, I am disappointed that Sen. Obama's prayer was published without his permission.

It's a fine prayer, and I join Sen. Obama in his confidence that his words will be heard.

Adept Havelock
07-26-2008, 02:47 PM
He put a prayer in the Wailing Wall that didn't begin with:

ברוך אתה ה' א‑לוהינו מלך העולם...‏

"Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe..."

:hmmm:

I wonder if he was there just to be close to the Dome of the Rock. That sneaky Barack Hussein....

bishop_74
07-26-2008, 03:31 PM
That was kind of a $hitty thing to do.

Calcountry
07-26-2008, 03:39 PM
WHAT ARE YOU HIDING MR. OBAMA?
I was sure it was gong to say, "father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

NCarlsCorner2
07-26-2008, 03:39 PM
Like he didnt think someone would read the note that he left in the wall, he did it on purpose because everything he does is a calculated move by his handlers.

ClevelandBronco
07-26-2008, 03:53 PM
Like he didnt think someone would read the note that he left in the wall, he did it on purpose because everything he does is a calculated move by his handlers.

Are you stating a fact or an opinion? It sounds like an opinion, but it reads like a fact.

Do us all a favor and leave that kind of stuff to the leftists here.

Taco John
07-26-2008, 04:04 PM
How many troops did he snub on his way to that wall? It's like he's uncomfortable around them or something. I don't get it.

SBK
07-26-2008, 04:11 PM
I put a prayer into that wall when I was there, but I do not remember what it was. There's tons of em, I'm surprised they were able to pick his out.

HonestChieffan
07-26-2008, 06:08 PM
Wonder what his muslim prayer was? Oh I know he isnt a muslim.

***SPRAYER
07-26-2008, 06:22 PM
Definitely uncalled for.

VAChief
07-26-2008, 07:03 PM
Wonder what his muslim prayer was? Oh I know he isnt a muslim.

If you distrust or hate muslims so much why would you support the ongoing conflict in Iraq? I mean why after Sadaam was eliminated would we need to be there? I don't follow the logic of wanting to help a people you distrust so much?

Pitt Gorilla
07-26-2008, 09:16 PM
I put a prayer into that wall when I was there, but I do not remember what it was. There's tons of em, I'm surprised they were able to pick his out.That sounds like an incredible thing to do. That has to be a cool feeling to leave a prayer at such a spiritual place.

SBK
07-27-2008, 12:50 AM
That sounds like an incredible thing to do. That has to be a cool feeling to leave a prayer at such a spiritual place.

It's a cool place. What's strange is it's big time spot for Jewish folks, and right behind it, and above it, is the dome of the rock, which is a big time spot for Muslims.

Then there's the armed guards everywhere, including atop the wall on the Jewish side in case someone decides to not go by the rules they can be shot within seconds.

markk
07-27-2008, 06:54 AM
he had to know someone was going to pull it out of there.

SBK
07-27-2008, 07:40 AM
he had to know someone was going to pull it out of there.

There are thousands and thousands of little pieces of wadded up paper in all the cracks at the wall. Everyone that goes there places prayers into those cracks. I'm honestly amazed that someone found it.

Perhaps if he wrote it on neon pink paper or something.....:evil:

Pitt Gorilla
07-27-2008, 10:03 AM
he had to know someone was going to pull it out of there.It was an incredible opportunity for anyone to be able to do that (have a private conversation with God in a Holy place). Do you think he should have passed on such a wonder opportunity? :shake:

SBK
07-27-2008, 10:04 AM
It was an incredible opportunity for anyone to be able to do that (have a private conversation with God in a Holy place). Do you think he should have passed on such a wonder opportunity? :shake:

Well, to be honest you can talk to God anywhere.

Pitt Gorilla
07-27-2008, 10:13 AM
Well, to be honest you can talk to God anywhere.Absolutely. However, that doesn't keep people from church on Sunday or visiting Holy places. Perhaps you should reread my responses.

SBK
07-27-2008, 10:31 AM
Absolutely. However, that doesn't keep people from church on Sunday or visiting Holy places. Perhaps you should reread my responses.

It was sorta a tongue in cheek response. :D

SNR
07-27-2008, 11:26 AM
So now he's a Jew? What's next, a Buddhist?

FLIP FLOPPER!!!!!11111