The Muqata Blog wishes a hearty "Mazal Tov" and congratulations to Rahm Emanuel on his son Zack's bar mitzva celebration today (Sunday, May 30).
The JPost reports that the bar mitzva ceremony for White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s son Zach and his nephew Noah took place Sunday at the southern wall excavations area near the Western Wall.
On Sunday, both Emanuel's son and nephew read from the Torah portion of the week and gave a D'var Torah.
Twenty to thirty well dressed friends and relatives attended the ceremony, including Catholic relatives of Emanuel's wife Amy and former Ambassador to the US Itamar Rabinovich. (JPost)
Last week, in poor taste, right wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir heckled the Emanuel family when they visited the Kotel in preparation for the Bar Mitzva.
Ben-Gvir even petitioned the Jerusalem District Court to prevent the bar mitzva from taking place at the Davidson Center near the southern excavations of the Wall because the center lacked a license. The Jerusalem municipality said no license was needed because only prayers would take place.
Ben-Gvir said he was overjoyed by the municipality’s response, because he interpreted it to mean that no catering or music would be allowed at the Bar Mitzva. (JPost)
Ben-Gvir should have simply celebrated the bar mitzva, instead of heckling, by observing the time-honored Jewish tradition of throwing candy and keeping his mouth shut.
Wishing the Emanuel family a mazal tov, and hoping they come back often to visit Israel's united capital city of Jerusalem.
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