Sunday Religion Roundup – the Jews + Obama Edition

April 12, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Sunday Religion Roundup
Obama: U.S. “Not A Christian Nation Or A Jewish Nation Or A Muslim Nation” (VIDEO):

At dawn Wednesday, Jews around the world celebrated the Blessing of the Sun, an event that happens once every 28 years:

According to Jewish tradition, the sun was at the same spot in the sky when it rose Wednesday as it was when the world was created.

The event occurs during the spring equinox, which occurs every 365¼ days. Once every 28 years, it occurs at dawn on a Wednesday (the fourth day of creation, based on Jewish beliefs), when Jews recite the blessing. According to Jewish beliefs, God created the sun, the moon and the stars as the fourth day began.

First seder in the White House:

The article is from April 8th, before the Passover seder happened. The fact that the ritual feast took place is the story, not anything that actually happened at the event.

The event was a reunion of sorts. Last year, during the Pennsylvania primary, some Obama campaign staff held an impromptu seder in the basement of a Harrisburg Sheraton. Obama was in attendance.

“It is traditional that at the end of the seder participants say the words “next year in Jerusalem” to signify the Jewish return to a homeland. The Obama campaign group ended last year’s Sedar with the added line “next year in the White House.” The White House official says that at tomorrow’s gathering the small group will reflect on everything that’s happened in the last year.”

Obama wins praise from many Middle East Muslims:

Obama’s visit to Turkey this week was full of gestures calculated at showing he is a friend to Muslims, all aired live on Arab satellite TV networks like Al-Jazeera. The top headliner was his sound bite that the United States will never be “at war with Islam.” In a speech to Turkey’s parliament, he mentioned the Muslims in his own family, a topic he avoided back home in his presidential campaign.

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