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. AVEMBE The sun

    Just don' t get it why is it just NOW that the Rabbi complains if Obama did write anything?

    July 27, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Karl Clark

    It's shameful that a Jewish student, or any person, would interfere with a person's relationship with God. I guess it would be expected in some sense. Yet, it hurts that in Israel, whereby the love of its people by all Christians is evidence, that some of its people would desecrate that friendship and love.

    July 27, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Although I think it was wrong, Obama is a fascination for many.

    July 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Mauri

    This entire trip is sickening, so this comes as no surprise. As a photo-op, what did they expect?

    July 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Butch Dillon

    I hold very few spiritual or religious beliefs and have a fervent disdain for religion in general. But I do respect that others have the right to their beliefs. One of these, of course, is the belief they can correspond with their god in private and through public services. To spy on something as sacred as private communication between a person and that person's god is distastefully Bushian at best and morally outrageous under any set of circumstances. Sadly, this has to be expected from the zionists among the Jews. The rabbi's indignant response to the theft and disclosure of Obama's note is well justified.

    July 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. thereitis

    Could people leave the man alone to run a good campaign. Some people love him but otheres are perpetually digging for something... I mean pulling his prayer out the wall! YOU won't find anything else... this man is who he says he is. The most scandalous thing about him is not even about him; its about his former pastor. About which I say, "who has never stood in a room, sat in a lecturer, watched a movie or (for church goers) sat in a pew, and listened to something they don't totally agree without publically voiced their opinion?" Obama may be a leader of words but those are the leaders that history remember... WHY, because a good word inspires action.

    July 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Charles Eze

    WHATEVER IT WAS HE WROTE,I SAY AMEN TO IT.

    July 27, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Matt

    Thank you for changing the picture CNN.

    July 27, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Obama is risky/. I am scared of him and his policies. I think that he is an opportunist as well and a big big ego.

    What was the reason for the German speech? Was it to lower gas prices? Was it to sell more US products to Europe? Was it to get the Germans a VISA to come to the US and spend money? What was the purpose of this speech.

    McCain is not risky. He will support our values and he will support our way of life. He will defend the US of A. McCain will not let Iran develop nuclear weapons. He will win the war in Iraq and in Afghanistan and do it before his first term is up.

    If Obama wants the war over, how come he hasn't introduced legislation in the Democratic Congress. Now that is a test if you ask me.

    July 27, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Susan

    What a horrible action by a student who knows better! Perhaps He was paid by the Republicans to take the note and hope it was printed in the newspaper. That would not surprise me.

    July 27, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. E.Frank MD

    Perhaps that sacred violation should be grounds that the seminary student lacks the quality of character to be a seminary student...let us see if justice is done.

    July 27, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Sherrie F.

    Let me guess who did it? Media? It was the lowest of a lowly low life to do! And just as low for anyone to spread what is utmost private and sacred! People talk about trust in Obama but do not hesitate to violate his trust in you!

    July 27, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. paul k.

    i stilkl can't believe someone would do this. thank you cnn for not saying the message this time. Obama's personal issues is his own. After all this how could this bew a scam?

    July 27, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Remy

    Is this a NEWS to make any comments?

    July 27, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Cheryl L

    By placing the prayer in the paper millions have repeated the prayer and that is agood thing.

    July 27, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. pc

    Obama is awesome! He is going to be the next President of the United States.

    We love you Obama – Yes We Can!!!

    July 27, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Loretta from California

    It was wrong to invade his privacy, and to interfere with his relationship with God. But let's hope that God is not too Angry about this.

    July 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. Levi

    Probably a devoted Obama-maniac who wanted to read the note. Obama supporters have no qualms about doing anything.

    July 27, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. NW

    It is sad to learn about the note being published in the public eyes. The paper that publshed the note should be held accountable. It is a private matter between an individual and God.

    July 27, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. Mary from Canada

    What can be said about this? To the person who stole the prayer and to the papers that published it . You need to pray for yourselves now. Peace and Love

    July 27, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    I do think that is bad, I didn't realize it was a note placed in the wall, but thought it was an open book or something that he wrote in. I think removing it is disgusting and should be scrutinized.

    July 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Herman in LA

    I am glad Obama didn't not write anything that was objectionable but just prayed for his own well being. Just goes to show you that you can't trust anyone and religion sometimes can be use against you that is why this planet is so corrupt now to many religions and beliefs.

    July 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. LSMaryland

    If CNN has elected to provide coverage about this matter and the note has already been published, the contents of the note should have been included in the article above. I have read newspaprers that have stated the contents of Obama's note which was a positive prayer.
    However, for those who have not read these newspapers and just the CNN article are left to speculation.

    By not including the contents of the note in the article, individuals are left to speculate as to what Obama may have wrote in his note. This starts the beginining of false rumors......................................................

    July 27, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Peter

    What did the note say?

    July 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Carl from MI

    The guy who removed it was the same guy that informed Obama that 'Jerusalem wasn't for sale'. He thought that Obama had stuffed the DEED to the city into the wall....

    July 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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