Monday, January 09, 2012

Jack Lew, Obama's New Chief of Staff is Shomer Shabbat

Will President Barack Obama's new Chief of Staff answer the President's phone call on Shabbat? It would appear that the answer to that question will be yes (even though he's Shomer Shabbos).

Obama's pick to succeed William Daley as his Chief of Staff is Jack Lew. Lew is currently a senior administration official who has served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Jack Lew is a practicing Orthodox Jew who observes Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. He has been an active member of both Congregation Beth Sholom of Potomac, Maryland and the Riverdale Jewish Center the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR) in New York.

Jack Lew, a Sabbath Observant Jew, will become Obama's third Chief of Staff

While serving as Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Bill Clinton administration, Lew received a phone call from the president. He decided to take it and later consulted with his rabbi, who said that taking an important phone call from the President of the United States would be permissible on the Sabbath under the Talmudic teaching that work on the Sabbath is allowed in order to save a life.

President Obama's first Chief of Staff was Rahm Emanuel who now serves as Mayor of Chicago. Rahm Emanuel considers himself to be a Conservative Jew and is not Shomer Shabbat -- Sabbath observant. (Emanuel attends both the Modern Orthodox Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Synagogue and the Conservative-affiliated Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago.) That makes Jack Lew the first Sabbath observant holder of the Chief of Staff office (Reagan's former Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein was an observant Jew but was not Shomer Shabbat).

The transition from Daley to Lew is set to take place at the end of this month.


Anonymous said...

Anything to attract the Jewish vote in 2012...

Anonymous said...

R'Jason - Do you consider it a stretch that taking any phone call form President Obama would be "saving a life"? Certainly some could be - I.e. captives held by pirates but certainly others would not be, i.e. a fundraising activity.

What are your thoughts on a religiously conscious Jew taking the chief of staff job for the Whitehouse?

Anonymous said...


larry said...

Racist Israelis running our government.

How can it be the CHIEF of Staff is a dual citizen Israeli?

This is the worst thing obama did and now he wont get reelected.

larry said...

My question is to you is if they lied about Iraq and they lied about Anthrax what makes you think they didn't lie to you about 911?

Remember this same PNAC group wrote this..

"Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor"

Have you seen this video?

In a BBC interview Ehud Barak knew more in one hour about 911 attacks than our entire military. He fingers BIN LADEN, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and calls for unilateral attacks ALL IN AN HOUR AFTER THE 911 ATTACKS.

Israel is known for its false flag operations. Over 200 israelis were arrested in connection with 911.

Here's are 4 of them on an Israeli talk show who said they were in NYC to record the 911 attacks.

The head of the 911 commission was who? Philip Zekelow

The head of homeland security, despite having ZERO experience in terrrorism, was who? Michael Chertoff

The number two guy in the Pentagon was who? Paul Wolfawitz

Then you have Larry Silverstien taken over the lease to the world trade center in July 2001. Building 7 which was not hit by a plane, a 45 story steel sky scrapper, came crashing down in 10 seconds. Victims family members have set up

Then you have Dov Zaikem who's company specializes in remote control technology.

Everyone knows the story of Richard Perle telling George Tenet at 9am on 9/12 "Iraq will pay for this".

And everyone knows that these SAME neocons were DIVIDING UP IRAQ in January 2001.

And this same NEOCON group denied ever considering planes be using at "weapons" even though the PENTAGON had anti terrorism drills, Operation Amalgam Virgo, involving "HIJACKED PLANES" in JUNE 2001, that's 2 months b4 911.

And then you have on the very day of 911 NORAD had HIJACK EXERCISE DRILLS...

"When they told me there was a hijack, my first reaction was 'Somebody started the exercise early,'" Nasypany later told me. The day's exercise was designed to run a range of scenarios, including a "traditional" simulated hijack in which politically motivated perpetrators commandeer an aircraft, land on a Cuba-like island, and seek asylum. "I actually said out loud, 'The hijack's not supposed to be for another hour,'" Nasypany recalled.

Anonymous said...

Could he perhaps expand on that remark a bit?

when he says "save a life" is he talking about a Jewish life or, like the good Samaritan, would he take the call to save an Arab or a Christian?

I mean, he did mention the Talmud..

Anonymous said...

About being a dual citizen I assume the reference is to former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel who is the son of an Israeli and therefore an Israeli-American like my own children are. I know that Jsck Lew is Jewish but I didn't know he is an Orthodox Jew. You learn something every day.

Richard Braverman said...

..the phrase that comes to mind is
..changing deck chairs on the titanic

Anonymous said...

Behold, I will bring of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are jews, and are not, but do lie. Behold I will make them to come and adore before thy feet,and they shall know they made a really really bad choice and should reconsider then repent.

Anonymous said...

My understanding is that main stream halachic Judaism (including Orthodox Judiasm) applies save a life to all, not just Jews. We had just such a discussion in a Young Israel shul some years back. Indeed a visitor claimed it only applied to Jewish lives, but the Rabbi was quick to emphatically explain that was not the case, certainly no longer the case even if it once might have been. I believe he quoted Rabbi Feinstein.

Anonymous said...

Oh great, another dual-citizen traitor Jew in the govt. Just what we need. Tells you all you need to know about WHO controls the govt.

Anonymous said...

Swell. One more dual loyalist in the white house. Memo to Lew: Can't serve two masters

Anonymous said...

First, Jews have the right of return to Israel which allows them to instantly become citizens if they move there. American Jews do not automatically hold dual citizenship just by virtue of the fact that they are Jewish.

Secondly, the move to bring an observant Orthodox Jew in to the position of Chief of Staff is just Obama pandering to try to get the Jewish vote back that he has been losing due to his obvious indifference to (at best), or dislike (more likely) of Israel.

Third, much of the above is nothing more than anti-Semitism. According to the Mishnah, "And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world". Please note that it does not say anything about whether that life is Jewish or not. A Jewish life is not considered any more sacred than that of a non-Jew. Check out Bridget Gabriel, a Lebanese Christian, who tells of her family's escape to Israel and the unbiased treatment her mother received in an Israeli hospital and the fact that she saw enemies of Israel treated ahead of Israeli soldiers based on the severity of their injuries rather than the uniform they wore.

The world's population is 7 billion people, of which there are only about 14 million Jews, making the Jewish population of the world only .002% (2 one-hundredths of one percent). To put that in perspective, the non-Jewish portion of the world is 99.998%. That's one Jew for every 499 non-Jews. How would you like to try to defend yourself against 499 people? In the US, the Jewish population is about 6 million, only about 2% of the population. How does only 2 out of every 100 people control the country?

Jews are influential due to their talent and drive and have achieved, in relation to their small numbers, great success and recognition in many fields. But to claim that they control anything outside of their synagogues is ludicrous.

Those who wrote the anti-Semitic rants (above) are uninformed, unenlightened bigots who have no grasp of reality.


Dick Bahr said...

Answering the phone on Shabbat for the President when he is Director of Management and Budget hardly constitutes "pekuach nefesh". It is hard to imagine how saving a life enters into that position, especially considering that "pkuach nefesh" requires a direct causal relationship, e.g. an EMT called to an accident. An indirect relationship is not permitted, e.g. decideing on Shabbat who the EMT is to be.

I find it of interest that the ruling was made by an Orthodox Rabbi which I expect makes it "kosher" for our Orthodix brethern. Of course had one of our Rabbi's made the same ruling there would a hew and a cry from them that we are making a mockery of Halacha.

Anonymous said...

Yet another example that Israel is Babylon the Great that controls the governments of the world.

Revelation 17

1And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

3So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:


6And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:

18And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Anonymous said...

Jack Lew - His solution My guess is that he will have a gentile answer his telephones on Shabbat, anything that is life saving he will take on anything that is budget or non-lifesaving will wait until Motzei Shabbat.

Unknown said...

U.S. honors Israeli exceptional-ism.
Israelis have been long ago been granted the right to dual citizenship status. No other nationality has that right. And it constitutes a form of international apartheid-ism.