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        12/30/2012, Tevet 17, 5773

      New Jewish Hawaii Senator Sworn into Office Holding Hebrew Bible


      Former Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz (D) was formally sworn into the United States Senate on Thursday while holding a Tanakh, or Hebrew bible.

      Schatz, who is Jewish, was chosen by Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) on Wednesday to fill the seat left vacant after the passing of veteran Sen. Daniel Inouye (D), who died last week from respiratory complications at the age of 88.