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Is Barack Giving the Priestly Blessing?

Is Barack Giving the Priestly Blessing?

Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

OK, you be the judge: this is an official White House image of President Barack Obama talking with patrons during a stop at Lechonera El Barrio restaurant in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 2, 2012. To the untrained eye it’s just another press-the-flesh kind of thing, nothing special.

Except, what’s the president doing with his right hand? He definitely places it, full, open palm, over the young woman’s head, much the way many of us, frum fathers, have done to our children on Friday nights for time immemorial.

You think it’s a Kenyan minhag?

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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6 Responses to “Is Barack Giving the Priestly Blessing?”

  1. I don't get you. So what are you trying to say? I think all of us adults have done this to kids.Obama is not a phony, that's all. He does what comes naturally and being a dad, he is being fatherly. Mitt Romney does not have a grasp on being human or fatherly to anyone.A white Anglo-Saxon Mormon could give a rats ass about us. Ask yourselves why the very people who' hat'e Jews and bar us from their clubs want our votes? Think. Only the 1% Jews are for Romney. Or maybe us Jews have forgotten we don't play the race game or judge peoples views by ones ancestry. Obama is a true blue American. All the Jews that don't vote for Obama are hiding their heads in the sand. Republican/Teaparty don't like us and don't care about Israel. They want your money! What they care about is having access to Jerusalem and gaining control. First they are going after blacks, Jews, other ethnic groups and the middle class. Voter purge doesn't seem to bother you either. I also guess you don't care about your Gay children or Women's Rights. Do you really think Obama would put Israel in Jeopardy? Romney wants to go to war with everyone. Mitt is the one that is dangerous and reckless, he is no diplomat that's for sure. Keep this in mind when you talk about Obama.

  2. 'Kenyan Minhag', are you nuts? Where do you come up with this? Propaganda 101.
    You shouldn't write anymore.That's not reporting that's stupidity!

  3. Liad Bar-el says:

    If you have an open mind, you should see/learn what
    Caroline Glick said on – Israel on the Eve of US Elections

  4. I just want to say "lechonera" is Spanish for "pork place", Oi!

  5. Yori Yanover says:

    All I said was that the gesture Obama made reminded me of the blessing we give our children on Friday night. I've no idea what all of that came from.

  6. Yori Yanover says:

    It wasn't reporting, it's my humble little editorial corner where I make whimsical notes about stuff. Are you sure you're drinking enough water?

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