A Prayerful Beginning to the RNC
Rabbi Meir Soloveichik leads the RNC crowd in prayer
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]