The door of deception
There was a big flap in the media overnight when it was learned that a prayer Barack Obama slipped into the Western Wall in Jerusalem was lifted by "persons unknown" and allegedly sold to a Hebrew-language newspaper.
When a copy of the handwritten note was published, many of the faithful were outraged.
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinvitz - who is caretaker for the Holy site - lamented:
"The notes placed between the stones of the Western Wall are between a person and his maker. It is forbidden to read them or make use of them."
Personally, I wouldn't want to raise the wrath of the Almighty.
But frankly, this whole incident doesn't quite pass the "smell test" to me.
Is it possible that one of Obama's "handlers" turned over the prayer to a third party for circulation?
After all, the contents of the "note" are mighty curious to me!
Barack allegedly penned:
"Lord - protect my family and me. Forgive me for my sins (ah, he has some!), and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will."
Talk about covering all the bases!
If you ask me, it was written with the knowledge - or intention - that it would be revealed to the world.
Yeah, call me cynical.
But, the prayer is too "perfect" and smacks of having been crafted.
An attorney - Guy Mashiach - went so far as to conjecture that Obama knew what would happen to his prayer and acted according.
A public relations ploy to solidify his image as a do-gooder and a man of the Lord?
Notwithstanding, the scriptures are quite emphatic about the importance of praying in private.
Matthew 6:5 - 7
"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."
"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."
To make a show of his appearance (knowing full-well the "prayer" would be the focus of attention) and to pad the note with much "speaking" - assuredly puts Barack's baffling actions - into question.
Obama, the Lord is watching!
As Albert Einstein once said,
"Before God we are all equally wise and equally foolish."