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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Mayor-Elect Emanuel to Recite Asher Ge'alanu at Mock Seder

I got an email from the Kfar Center that talks about a mock Seder that will be performed by the who's who of Chicago's non-Orthodox Jews.

The email said, in part:

Join us as Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel leads the blessing on the 2nd Cup of Wine!

with a link to this event.  (I'm in no way endorsing this event.)

Here's the text to the blessing on the 2nd cup of wine (aka Asher Ge'alanu) according to the Rambam:

ברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם, אשר גאלנו וגאל את אבותינו ממצריים, והגיענו ללילה הזה לאכול בו מצה ומרורים. כן ה' אלוהינו ואלוהי אבותינו, יגיענו למועדים ולרגלים אחרים הבאים לקראתנו לשלום, שמחים בבניין עירך וששים בעבודתך, ונאכל שם מן הזבחים ומן הפסחים שיגיע דמם על קיר מזבחך לרצון, ונודה לך שיר חדש על גאולתנו ועל פדות נפשנו. ברוך אתה ה', גואל ישראל.

Will he mean what he says when he says שמחים בבניין עירך (happy with the building of Your city [Jerusalem])?

Is Mr. Emanuel really happy with the building of Jerusalem?  Last I heard, he wasn't.
I hope he has changed his stance since then.


At Wed Apr 06, 11:54:00 AM 2011, Blogger Devorah said...

Rahm al kol goyim.

At Wed Apr 06, 11:57:00 AM 2011, Blogger Devorah said...

I think I got that from your blog a while ago ....

At Wed Apr 06, 01:18:00 PM 2011, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

I saw the link to his statement that calling for a halt on Jewish building in Yesha was in line with all of his predecessors. He is dead wrong. Gog W. ben Gog, for all of his faults, never called for a halt in Jewish construction in East Jerusalem. NEVER. As a matter of fact the new American Consulate in Jerusalem is in a beautiful building in an expanding "East" Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood. This building was purchased by the US government under his watch. So Rahm is of course a liar. LEAVE the place that elected him mayor. and I do not mean for Skokie or Evanston.

At Wed Apr 06, 01:30:00 PM 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he'll declare "Next Year in Chicago"


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