Feb 16, 2017
Friedman Prayed Before Hearing

David Friedman, nominee for Israel Ambassador, prayed at the Rebbe's Ohel before his Senate confirmation hearing.

By COLlive reporter

On Sunday, bankruptcy attorney David Friedman was seen driving through the quiet streets of the Cambria Heights neighborhood in southeast Queens, NY.

His destination was the Ohel gravesite of the Rebbe at the Old Montefiore Cemetery.

His mission: To pray and ask for blessings and guidance ahead of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to become the U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Joining him for this private trip was his learning partner, Rabbi Zalman Wolowik, Director of Chabad of the Five Towns in Long Island. The two have been close even before Friedman was nominated by his new boss, now-president Donald Trump.

Friedman can certainly use all the prayers he can get for his debut in Washington, DC.

On Thursday, Friedman faced a stern group of senators who grilled him on his past statements that he made against leftist Jewish groups who have been fighting the Israeli government and its policies.

"Apology is the first step to atonement," Friedman said, expressing regret for the inflammatory language, and promised to be "respectful and measured" should he be confirmed.

The son of an Orthodox rabbi, Friedman has been a fervent supporter of Israeli settlements, an opponent of Palestinian statehood and staunch defender of Israel's government, AP reported.

The hearing played out along familiar party lines. Republicans largely sought to play to the Trump nominee's strengths, while Democrats aimed for weak spots, AP reported.

If that wasn't enough, Friedman faced repeated heckling by protesters sitting in the crowd, who took turns interrupting the nominated ambassador's opening statements about his family and values.

Two men, minutes apart, stood and shouted pro-Palestinian slogans, AP repored. They each held up Palestinian flags before being removed by the Capitol police. Other protesters sang before being ushered out. One blasted a "shofar."

Friedman's family members, Rabbi Wolowik, and other members of the Five Towns Jewish community were in the crowd, offering him support before and after the hearing.



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1
Confused yidden
Confused yidden oppose him, need to enlighten them with Torah and Mitzvos
(2/16/2017 8:55:43 PM)
2
RABBI MEIR KAHANE
AND THE FIRST HE IS GONNA DO IS REMOVE THE BANKRUPT OBAMA POLICY OF 2 STATE SOLUTION
(2/16/2017 11:06:55 PM)
3
Hirschel Pekkar
BH. In parshas bechutai, Hashem promises that im bechutai telechu etc. I will bring peace etc. not prime Ministers or statesmen etc. this is the only way to be peace. The Prime Minister and his followers, should become the living example of this.
(2/16/2017 11:30:49 PM)
4
Friedman is great
He ignored them like a boss!.
(2/16/2017 11:53:47 PM)
5
Correction
"The son of an Orthodox rabbi"

His father was the spiritual leader of the Conservative Temple Hillel of North Woodmere.
(2/17/2017 2:37:27 AM)
6
MRS PERL ARBOR
Interesting that New Mexico senator finds everything wrong with David Friedman's views but says nothing about Obama slanted and dangerous world views that saw Iran have a green light for buiding it's nuclear weapons and billions released into their banks, and allowed ISIS to swarm over the Middle East and become first president to support an anti israel resolution And as for those J street anti semites .
(2/17/2017 8:37:59 AM)
7
Confused yidden
Confused yidden oppose him, need to enlighten them with Torah and Mitzvos
(2/18/2017 8:35:47 PM)
8
correction to correction #5
the following 2 sentences are not contradictory.
"The son of an Orthodox rabbi"

His father was the spiritual leader of the Conservative Temple Hillel of North Woodmere.
(2/18/2017 10:46:17 PM)
9
Getting It Right
Let the Left recall, and own, how Clinton and Obama brought
the destructive Arab Spring to the world.
Now, let the adults, and this tzaddik, be in charge and get
peace, Right.
(2/20/2017 4:29:42 PM)
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