Sunday, September 28, 2008

For the Record

Georgia's Prime Minister did NOT call Israel and ask for Rav Steinman to pray for him, despite the e-mails I've received to the contrary. The Jerusalem Post reported a few weeks ago (link):
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News reports that Georgia's Prime Minister Vladimer (Lado) Gurgenidze called Israel to ask for a blessing from a prominent haredi spiritual leader are totally fictitious and were timed to take advantage of Georgia's plight, said sources close to Gurgenidze Thursday.

"The Prime Minister never called anyone in Israel for a blessing," said the sources.

"Rather, this is an attempt to capitalize on Georgia's plight and international sympathy right now."

In parallel, an organization called Hava'ad L'hatzelat Nidchei Yisrael (The Council for Savind Lost Jews), a haredi organization that builds educational institutions in Georgia,
denied that it had any ties with the Israeli man who publicized the story.

Rabbi Barry Hertz, Chairman of the US branch of the Council, said that according "well-informed sources" Gurgenidze never asked for a blessing and never talked with Rabbi Shimon Bruk.
I only post this because it came to my attention that people actually took that story seriously.

Link: Yeshiva World

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