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Sarah celebrates shabbat

Sarah Palin celebrated the Jewish sabbath among friends Friday night before her appearance at the Restore Honor rally on the Washington mall on Saturday. Benyamin Korn reports:

By evening, the halls of the Hershey Lodge were filled with the aroma of chulent, the traditional Sabbath stew….My colleague Sheya, director of PalinTV, presented Mrs. Palin with the ArtScroll edition of Perek Shira, a commentary on the song of celebration sung by Jewish women during the exodus from Egypt. Mrs. Palin received the Hebrew volume with obvious delight; she has used the biblical Book of Esther as bedtime reading material for her eight-year-old daughter, Piper. She wants Willow to emulate Esther, Jewish history’s great heroine, who risked everything to save the Jewish people from Haman’s plan for genocide…. On her lapel, she wore a pin showing the American and Israeli flags intertwined…. As we enjoyed our Shabbat meal, we listened to Mrs. Palin’s references to “Judeo-Christian values”–a concept well understood by the deeply religious Christian audience with whom we shared the evening, including more than a few Amish ladies wearing their traditional bonnets….

Via Bill Kristol, who provides the midrash on Korn’s text.
UPDATE: John Podhoretz comments briefly in “Queen Esther goes to Alaska.”

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