Israeli Paper Publishes Obama Western Wall Prayer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An Israeli newspaper is drawing fire for publishing a written prayer that Barack Obama left this week in the cracks of the Western Wall.

The daily (Maariv) says the note asks God to guide him and guard his family.

But the rabbi in charge of Judaism's holiest site says publishing the note intruded in Obama's relationship with God. The rabbi (Shmuel Rabinovitz) tells Army Radio that it's "forbidden" to read or make any use of the notes.

He says the publication also damages the Western Wall, and what he calls "the personal, deep part of every one of us that we keep to ourselves."

The paper published a photograph of the note, which it said had been removed from the wall by a student at a Jewish seminary immediately after Obama left.

Obama's campaign has not commented on the matter.


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