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New Jersey - Congressman Accepts Shabbat Dinner Invite From Political Opponent

Published on: June 12, 2012 09:29 PM
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New Jersey - In an open letter published over the weekend in The Jewish Press, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach invites Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) to join him for the weekly Jewish tradition of a Shabbat meal: “Every Friday night at our Sabbath table my wife and I host all kinds of people. We love having guests and it would be my honor for us to host you and your family either this coming Friday night or whenever it may suit you, although sooner would be better than later.”

The celebrity religious speaker says Pascrell, who is Roman Catholic, wouldn’t be the first politician to grab a bipartisan bite to eat. According to Boteach, former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) has pulled up a chair at his dinner table, and he and Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) “have shared hundreds of Shabbat dinners together.”

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And it looks like Pascrell might soon be sending in his RSVP to his election-year rival.

Ben Rich, the lawmaker’s chief of staff, tells ITK, “Congressman Pascrell said that he would gladly accept an invitation to Shabbat dinner.”


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 Jun 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM r Says:

Ridiculous. Get over your hollywood fantasyland and jump into the real world.

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 Jun 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM Wise-Guy Says:

Hey, Rabbi Boteach.
Don't forget to make sure that your wine and Grape-juice is Mevushal.
And also make sure to inquire about your guest's relationship with his wife, and with Yoshke! (Or just lend him some of your books.)

And Rep. Pascrell should prepare a nice Vort on the Parsha.

On a serious note: This might actually help keep the campaigning civil...

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 Jun 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM Anonymous Says:

"And he and Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) “have shared hundreds of Shabbat dinners together.”

There are 52 Shabbat over a year, so he Mayor Booker shared hundreds of Shabbat dinners this means that Mr. Booker would be there almost every Shabbat.

Rabbi Shmuley what does Mr. Booker like so much, the cholent, kugel? Maybe your book?

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 Jun 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM MordyS Says:

Are they going to eat the challah which Oprah baked at the Lubabvitch family from Boropark??

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 Jun 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM sick of Rinos Says:

What a waste of time! Stick to the issues Sammy.

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 Jun 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM Crazykanoiy Says:

Way to go Shmully! Its high time that we begin to restore civility to politics.

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 Jun 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM berelw Says:

all you guys are jealous of shmully. shmully is great.

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 Jun 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM Joe Says:

The Rabbi is a genious. We should start a letter campaign asking Obama to Host Romney at his Shabbos table.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 12:42 AM AviGoldstein Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

"And he and Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) “have shared hundreds of Shabbat dinners together.”

There are 52 Shabbat over a year, so he Mayor Booker shared hundreds of Shabbat dinners this means that Mr. Booker would be there almost every Shabbat.

Rabbi Shmuley what does Mr. Booker like so much, the cholent, kugel? Maybe your book?

If I recall correctly, Shmuley and Mayor Booker were at Oxford at the same time. They were very friendly, and it is quite reasonable that they shared hundreds of Shabbat meals.
What concerns me about Shmuley, much as I like him, is his apparent support for same-sex marriage. When I called in to his radio show a couple of years ago regarding this topic, he was quite clear that he did not consider it a danger to society. To me, this is cause for concern.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 12:56 AM ComeOn Says:

I hope Billy "Jihad" Pascrell doesn't bring along his turban wearing "Peaceful" Religious friends from Paterson to this Shabbos meal. Old Billy might allow his friends to raise the temperature a few thousand degrees all in the name of "tolerance."

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 01:09 AM Sol Says:

Rabbi Waaaay to go Man!!! Spread the peace!!!

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM SherryTheNoahide Says:

Reply to #9  
Joe Says:

The Rabbi is a genious. We should start a letter campaign asking Obama to Host Romney at his Shabbos table.

"The Rabbi is a genious. We should start a letter campaign asking Obama to Host Romney at his Shabbos table."


Ok, I don't even know if you were being sarcastic here or not, but I don't care, because I LOVE this idea! (lol)

Somebody needs to start setting the example! And I can't believe all of the negative energy & feedback Rabbi Schmuley is getting for doing this! I would think it something to be proud of, when the mass multitude see a "famous" Jew, setting a GOOD example, NOT being in the news for crimes or embarrassments, and setting a decent tone in politics!

We all know the gentiles aren't exactly leading the charge in these areas! (;-D

Be proud! When stuff like this is made public, isn't it like the Torah is "winning" over all of the nonsense & garbage out there?!

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM Anonymous Says:

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SherryTheNoahide Says:

"The Rabbi is a genious. We should start a letter campaign asking Obama to Host Romney at his Shabbos table."


Ok, I don't even know if you were being sarcastic here or not, but I don't care, because I LOVE this idea! (lol)

Somebody needs to start setting the example! And I can't believe all of the negative energy & feedback Rabbi Schmuley is getting for doing this! I would think it something to be proud of, when the mass multitude see a "famous" Jew, setting a GOOD example, NOT being in the news for crimes or embarrassments, and setting a decent tone in politics!

We all know the gentiles aren't exactly leading the charge in these areas! (;-D

Be proud! When stuff like this is made public, isn't it like the Torah is "winning" over all of the nonsense & garbage out there?!

I think Obama should host Rush Limbaugh.

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