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  Tevet 26, 5769 , 22/01/09

Orthodox Rabbi Criticized for Obama Blessing

Rabbi Bassil Herring, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) criticized a prominent rabbinic member of its organization for leading services in the National Cathedral, as part of President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremonies.

“The long-standing policy of the Rabbinical Council of America, in accordance with Jewish law, is that participation in a prayer service held in the sanctuary of a church is prohibited,” said the RCA in a statement. "Any member of the RCA who attends such a service does so in contravention of this policy and should not be perceived as representing the organization in any capacity."

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