The Rabbi Watch

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Rabbi Watch

Updated 08/23/2008 - 1:15 am

This in earlier from Sunset and Brook...

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Rabbi Marc Schneier To Offer Prayer at
Democratic National Convention
Rabbi Marc Schneier has been invited by the Democratic National Committee to speak next week at its opening session in Denver, Colorado. The interfaith gathering, officially kicking off the Convention, will feature eight prominent clergymen from across the United States who will each recite a self-composed litany drawing on their particular faith traditions.

The theme of Rabbi Schneier's presentation is "Our Sacred Responsibility to Our Nation," and its content will be drawn from both the High Holy Days liturgy and Biblical texts.

According to Rabbi Schneier, "We need to reach beyond ourselves, if we are to rise above ourselves." The interfaith gathering will celebrate America's religious and ethnic diversity.

One might surmise that the long-rumored ap­pearance at Hampton Synagogue by Demo­cratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama might not be far behind.

But let's look, as one of OtBB's regulars has, under the hood of this event, starting with the operative page from the Democratic National Convention.

There are several dozen members of the clergy listed, including five Rabbis, none of whom ap­pear to be named Schneier.

Could be a simple omission, or the release, dated last Saturday (the 16th) hasn't been updated as of this filing.

Our correspondent notes that, according to that DNC page, the interfaith gathering will be held Sunday (the 24th), the afternoon before the Convention opens.

"Technically the convention doesn't 'open' 'til Monday, and I don't think he exactly made the top eight."

A current item in the the Jewish News Weekly affords us a little better perspective:

"Religious leaders — among them at least seven rabbis — are expected to play an un­precedented role at this year’s Democratic convention in Denver."

Okay, what's a little hyperbole on occasion? The Rabbi will be there and most of us won't!

Comments

1. Matlynn Carville said...

"We need to reach beyond ourselves, if we are to rise above ourselves."
Are you KIDDING me? How 'bout "getting over yourself!"

Hypocrisy, thy name is Mark!
It seems that the Rabbi did himself and the prospects for the eruv considerable harm last week.
Dean

2. Jeanne Speir said...

Pretty please can I go? Huh? Huh? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese?

The blogger's wife debuts on OtBB with a Comment which may well resonate one day in Family Court!
Dean

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