Joe Biden Visited A ‘Shiva’ House In 2006, Writes Rabbi

Joe Biden speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H., Sept. 7, 2019. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Washington – A Delaware rabbi wrote a fundraising endorsement for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign citing Biden’s appearance at the shiva for a constituent of modest means.

Rabbi Michael Beals was leading a minyan in 2006 for Sylvia Greenhouse, who lived in a senior living facility in Claymont, a town at the northern tip of Delaware. The minyan was taking place in the laundry room because Greenhouse’s apartment was too small to accommodate the 10 supplicants required for prayers during the period of mourning, or shiva.

Beals was surprised to see Biden, then the state’s senior senator, entering the laundry room. Afterward Beals, of Congregation Beth Shalom in Wilmington, asked Biden why he had come.

Biden explained that Greenhouse had sent his campaign $18 every Senate election since his first in 1972. Eighteen is the numerical equivalent of the Hebrew word for “life,” “chai.”

“There were no news outlets at our service that day — no Jewish reporters or important dignitaries,” Beals wrote in the appeal distributed by the campaign of the former vice president. “Just a few elderly mourners in a basement laundry room.”

A photo of Biden posing with Beals is attached to the appeal.

(JTA/Ron Kampeas)

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  1. Yeah. What a great deed he did towards Jews….now let’s compare what Pres Trump has done for Jews, freed rubashkin and the sick Jewish man from prison, moved Israeli embassy, declared Golan to be Israeli, defends Israel rigorously at UN, cut off aid to the fake palis and UNRWA, isn’t pressuring Israel to cede any more precious land, is respectful and a great friend of Bibi, etc. And on the other hand, Sleepy Joe paid a shiva call 13 years ago. Yeah, that’s worthy of an endorsement…,duh.

    • I only disagree with you on “freed rubashkin”.
      a convicted person gets ‘freed’ and that’s a good thing?
      I would have let him rot in jail for his full term.
      not everything that trump does is ok, to put it mildly. Alabama is still scratching its head. lol.

  2. where as I would never accuse Biden of antisemitism, in that realm he is clean, but still he is not a deep thinker or understands manners of economy and trade. Couple that with being close with the liberals and feh, why vote for him???


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