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A Prayerful Beginning to the RNC

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik leads the RNC crowd in prayer

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People from the Texas delegation bow their heads during the second day of the Republican National Convention on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Following up on our convention correspondent Yair Rosenberg’s excellent dispatch from the Republican National Convention yesterday, a profile of Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, we thought to include video of the invocation led by Rabbi Soloveichik today.

There are some great images: a winking woman, a cavalcade of Texas flag shirts (which every good Texan owns), and a rabbi on a platform spouting ivrit to a largely non-Jewish crowd.

As for the content, there’s some nice and not-so-subtle intermingling of themes of religion and state, a sincere note of tribute to those in the path of Isaac’s storm, and a befuddling–at least to this viewer–blessing of guidance for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

It’s early in the convention so I won’t fault the audience for not picking up on the applause lines quickly. But that all aside…it looks like we’re off!

Related: GOP Convention’s Rabbi in Chief [Tablet Magazine]

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Shoshana Bryen says:

A beautiful benediction, but the Rabbi’s expectation of applause at applause lines was disconcerting. I don’t think they thought they were supposed to applaud a prayer – and they were right. I read the text and it was better that way.

mike shushan says:

This was not a prayer, it was a political speech. Waiting for applause after turning the prayer towards the political makes it not a prayer or benediction. If there is to be a prayer at an event like this, leave it to the scripture & teachings to make your points, not to specific political jibes. Or better yet, keep religion and state separate as the corrupt each other.

Charna Blumberg says:

You may not have realized it, but you got a Jewish Texas delegate in your picture. I am the dark-haired woman on the far left of this picture. I did not have my head bowed because I was watching the Rabbi’s prayer on the Jumbotron. I was so pleased that the Convention’s first full day opened with a Jewish invocation.

Pam Green says:

It’s about time that you posted a video of the prayer. I liked it but I would have liked to hear a little more Hebrew.

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