July 27th, 2008
12:54 PM ET
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Rabbi: Removal of Obama's purported prayer note 'sacrilegious'

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JERUSALEM (CNN) - The rabbi who supervises Jerusalem's Western Wall condemned the removal of a prayer note purportedly written by Sen. Barack Obama, saying the action was "sacrilegious."

The U.S. presidential candidate visited the holy site early Thursday and placed a note in the cracks of the wall - a custom of visitors.

It was subsequently removed from the wall, according to the Israeli newspaper, Ma'ariv, which printed what it said were the contents of the note.

Ma'ariv said a seminary student gave the note to the paper.

Obama's senior strategist Robert Gibbs told CNN, "We haven't confirmed nor denied" that the note is from the Illinois senator.

"This sacrilegious action deserves sharp condemnation and represents a desecration of the holy site," said Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, who supervises the Western Wall, in a statement.

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  1. pimping vote

    Obama is a shoe in to be the next president. I just don't understand it about those McCain supporters who bash Obama. What do they see in McCain to become the next president? That would be like electing another Bush as president. That would be naive to vote for another Bush when our economy is failing dramatically, gas prices too high, and soldiers getting killed overseas, due to our current commander in chief.

    July 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. David from Florida

    As if Obama didn't know that someone of the many, many camera crews were going to go read the note and release it for a nominal fee to the press.

    July 27, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Ron democrat turned independent

    this is just another obama texas two step (now you see me now you don't) did he write it or didn't he write it. did he encourage someone to put it on the news for political reasons, or didn't he.where are all of obama's friends from when he started his campaign it seems that all the people close to him like his sister, his grandmother, his pastor, his buddy rezko, farrakhan, ayres ect. everybody has seemed to have been left behind. is that what moving forward means? use them then drop them. yeah go obama

    July 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. TEXAN

    This was not right !!!! This was a conversation between God and Obama. This should have been kept private !!!!!!!!

    July 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. tom

    Lee B, I can see that you are the only with an empty head (no brains at all). That is why you are one of the morones that believe that he is a muslim.

    I am sure you don't even know what you believe in, GOD or marmon or yourself. SHAME ON YOU. It is your type we do not want on the face of the planet.

    July 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Terry

    Prayer should have been left where it was placed. Not published would like to know who if there was links to McCain or Obama.

    July 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. MH FROM KY

    VERY SAD NO PRIVACY..ITS JUST A PRAYER !!!!

    I WONDER HOW MUCH THE NEWSPAPER GOT PAID TO PUBLISH THIS.

    ITS JUST SILLY THAT EVERYTHING IS NEWS
    IF BUSH HAD WRITTEN A PRAYER .I'M NOT SURE THAT IT WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN INSIDE THE NEWS PAPER..

    I PRAY THAT SAME PRAYER EVERYDAY......
    "GOD PROTECT ME AND MY FAMILY.."""""

    I'M SURPRISE THERE WEREN'T ANY RUMORS SAYING HES A JEW....
    SILLY POLITICS

    July 27, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Tired

    To: Jeff

    I watched this over and over. Everytime there is an African American males show some confidence and who is intelligent, why does he have to be "arrogant". This happens over and over again.

    July 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    Senator Obama, prayed the prayer that many need to pray daily. Asking the Lord, to guard their mind and thoughts. If you have never prayed this prayer, we need to ask for forgivest daily. It was wrong to publish Senator Obama's prayer; however it is the prayer I pray daily. Asking the Lord to make me a better person and the instrument of his peace.

    July 27, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Douglas Babb

    The Constitution of the United States

    Article VI, Section 3: “...no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

    "My own mind is my own church. All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit." Thomas Paine

    From a letter to Charles Cushing (October 19, 1756):
    “Twenty times in the course of my late reading, have I been upon the point of breaking out, ‘this would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.’” John Adams

    Letter to William Bradford, April 1, 1774:
    "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise" James Madison

    Letter to his nephew, Peter Carr, August 10, 1787
    "Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear." Thomas Jefferson

    Douglas Babb (DEiST)_Princeton-KY

    July 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. S. Denice

    Some of you on this blog site are just downright mean, hateful, spiteful, and despicable. How dare you suggest that this was orchestrated on Senator Obama's part. Why, pray tell, would Senator Obama pay off someone to steal this prayer? With all of the turncoats in this country and abroad, the young man could have turned on him at any time and blown his cover. Do you know how detrimental that would be to his candidacy and to his position as U.S. Senator in the event that he is defeated? Come on now think (If that is possible for some of you) Quite frankly, I think that many of you are just braindead and you PUMA fools are really going to know what defeat is. Senator Obama did not cheat his way to the nomination, he did not steal it either. He had help not only from Washington, DC but across the country. Get over it. This was not staged. It is what it is. Senator Obama has managed to once again maintain dignity in the face of a negative situation. Love this man. For his haters, GET OVER IT!!!!!

    July 27, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Marie Canada

    I wonder just how the Republican bloggers will manage to turn this into a negative for Obama. Reading some of the ridiculous and vicious comments from McCain supporters with nothing to do with the facts. Just plain hate will get you right where you are now or a bit worse off.

    July 27, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Lisa

    You know God don't like ugly and he don't care for Beauty either. The man is here to help us change things in Washington. People with there hatred need to take a step back and look at what is going on. We need a change , and we are going to have a change. Let them throw everything they can throw at him. What ever they do will not stand. They are afraid that he can do a better job then they could, so they are going to say and do anything to try and bring him down. My prayer is with him and his family.

    July 27, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. The Obamas Rock

    Those Obama haters who are foolishly claiming that taking the note was a stunt set up by the Obama campaign need to take their Prozac. You hate the guy so much you can't see how stupid you are being. Shameful. You obviously despise the man, so your comments lack all credibility. You are just wasting space.

    Obama is probably the most popular U.S. politician since Bill Clinton. Don't hate the player, hate the game. Get used to seeing people fawn all over our future POTUS.

    July 27, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. conspiracy theorist

    lieberman told the guy to snatch it,probably.

    July 27, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. john

    This is probably McNAMBLA's fault.

    July 27, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Willy

    It was all about the TV shot RABBI

    July 27, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Vig

    That's interesting. Was it removed because someone wanted a sourvenir or was someone making a political statement about Obama?

    July 27, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Bill, Covington

    Now that the obama has worn a jew hat I suppose he will claim to be a jew right along with all his other religeons.

    July 27, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. conspiracy theorist

    the student was the illegitimate son of karl rove

    July 27, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. terry,va

    There is a God. He is almighty and all knowing. That is why McCain will will this election, unless he (God) has planned for the end of the world and BHO is the "666"

    July 27, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. conspiracy theorist

    maybe they should write the prayers ,then burn them.send them to the heavens like many native american's do?then again,i never write a prayer to GOD,it's easier to just send it to him with our personal phsychic bond.me and GOD.we be mates!

    July 27, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Lee From Treasure Island Florida

    It is wrong the prayer was stolen and anewpaper printed it.
    But maybe some good will come of it.
    Maybe people will start believing Obama is not a Muslium.

    July 27, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. linda from South Dakota

    well,, theres some stange people out there, one may think that mccain had this all set up, one neva knows do they??? nothing is sacred anymore,,, ummm

    July 27, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. linda from South Dakota

    well,, theres some stange people out there, one may think that mccain had this all set up, one neva knows do they??? nothing is sacred anymore,,, ummm its a terrible thing for someone to take that note and worse to have it printed,,,, why can tpeople just leave things alone,,,, time to grow up,,, sounds like something mccain would do tho lol,,,,sick minded people,, yuckkk

    July 27, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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