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A White House first: Obama’s Passover Seder

White House SederIn a never-before act of commemoration, U.S. President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and a selected group of Jewish and Non-Jewish guests celebrated the Second Passover Seder on Thursday night in the While House. The event had never been celebrated there before, although many U.S. presidents had issued official Passover greetings to the American and World Jewish community on this annual festival of redemption and freedom.

Obama has appeared especially moved to be celebrating an event which he described the story of the Children of Israel’s redemption from human bondage as “one of the most powerful stories of suffering and redemption in human history”. Among those attending was Obama’s Chief of Staff Ram Emanuel, himself not only Jewish but Israeli by birth. A Seder had been conducted at the White House during the Clinton administration, the President himself had not attended. What made this event even more significant was that Obama, a descendent of both Christian and Muslim backgrounds, felt the holiday was worthy enough to be celebrated by himself and his family.

Members of the American Jewish Community, have expressed their satisfaction over the vent saying that American Jews have come a long way by this gesture, especially since U.S. President Franklin kept a very low profile and even “used the back door” to escape facing a protest of American Jewish rabbis protesting Roosevelt’s lack of assistance to save Jews who were dying in the Holocaust during World War II. Jews were prevented from entering the U.S. in large numbers before and during the war and it has been estimated that at least a million might have been saved if the U.S. immigration authorities had allowed a greater number to enter the U.S.

In a letter sent to the American Jewish community prior to the onset of the holiday Obama wrote of the symbolism of Passover highlights the beauty of freedom and the responsibility it entails. “As part of a larger global community, we all must work to ensure that our brothers and sisters of every race, religion, culture and nationality are free from bondage and repression, and are able to live in peace.”

Obama has attended Passover Seders in the past, including one last year in Harrisburg Pennsylvania during a campaign visit.

6 Comments

  1. Actually, Rahm was born in Chicago to an American mother and an Israeli father, Benjamin Emanuel, who was originally from Jerusalem.

  2. So he’s a dual national – so what!

  3. Hello,Nation of Israel ! I am an american christian but as much as President Obama has done this gesture to the Jewish community please be careful! I indeed as a fundamental Baptist born again believer thankful for Israel,The Holy Bible and the Jewish Messiah of Israel ask you to watch everything people do not just a few gestures of good will for your own safety and protection and the good of your nation. Thank You,very much,Sincerely; George

  4. Manyouk BinSharmoot

    April 21, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Dear George,
    I hate to tell you that you and your kind of Americans, have been brainwashed by the jews.
    Four jews wrote our bible and promised the land of Palestine to themselves…!
    Then came Irving Berlin and wrote the most popular christmas song and made us all keep repeating and confirming the myth of “born is the king of israel”…!
    There is NO place in history or elsewhere that mentions anything of such a thing as israel or the jewish homeland.
    There used to be jews who lived as nomads in the Arabian desert and provided prostitution to the Arab merchants while travelling through the desert.
    That is why, only in the jewish laws, as long as your mother is jewish, you are a jew. Like the majority of the American black, the jews also never knew who their fathers were. A prositute that slept with 10 to 15 men a day, could never tell who the father of her child is.
    In short, the jewish nation is made of nothing but bastards and whores…!

  5. Manyouk BinSharmoot

    April 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Dear George,
    I hate to disappoint you but rest assured that Obama wait for his second term before he takes any action!
    Knowing very well who runs this country, Obama will kiss jewish ass for now and wait for his second term in office.
    Don’t forget that Obama has Muslim blood in his veins and that, unlike the jewish blood, will NEVER turn into water.
    Obama WILL revenge the blood of all the millions of Muslims and Arabs that the jews have been massacering in the last 75 years…!
    History WILL ALWAYS repeat itself and the jews WILL once more be wiped out according to the real Christian bible.
    As the Bibble says, now all the jews are being gathered in the Holy Land for the last judgement…!

  6. James M. Friedlander

    April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

    President Franklin? Did i miss something?

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