Saturday, October 29, 2005

Who is this Sekulow?

Jay Sekulow, the influential Conservative Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice is everywhere. He hosts a popular law program on Christian stations, has argued numerous cases in the Supreme Court, and as a leading force in the Christian Right is constantly on and quoted in, the media.

So I wondered, is he Jewish? What I found:

A speech he gave entitled: How a Jewish Lawyer from Brooklyn Came to Believe in Je*s:

I was born on June 10, 1956, in Brooklyn, but we moved to Long Island just after I was born and lived there until I was into my teens. My family attended a Reform synagogue in Long Island; it was not a fancy building, but I remember it had thick, plush drapes. It's funny, the things one remembers. I was very impressed with those drapes; I don't know, maybe because my friend's dad donated them. I liked Friday night services, which we attended about once a month, but Hebrew school, well, unfortunately, none of the kids in our class liked Hebrew school. We were not very well behaved. Sometimes I had the feeling the only reason the cantor didn't kick my friend and me out of the class (which he threatened to do) was because that was the friend whose dad donated the drapes!
"Religion" was not a big topic of discussion in our home. Sometimes my father referred to "The Supreme Being," but he usually reserved such references for the holidays. I didn't think much about God either. I do remember that when I was 13 years old, I'd exchange friendly insults with a Gentile friend of mine, a Catholic. We'd tease each other about our different backgrounds. We were never really serious about it, but I do remember wondering for a brief moment whether Shaun could possibly be right about Jes*s. It seemed strange that such a thought would even enter my mind, but it left about as abruptly as it had come. I was pretty secure in my Jewish identity, which, as far as I knew included not believing in jess*s. Although we weren't "religious" we did many things to reinforce our culture and our heritage. I especially enjoyed the many Jewish celebrations: my bar mitzvah, for example.
That was a red letter day. Instead of my usual blue yarmulka with the white lining, I wore a white satin yarmulka with gold embroidery, and a tallis to match. Maybe my performance was leaning toward mediocre, but still, to be bar mitzvah signalled the end of Hebrew school and the thrill of "growing up."
Two years later, my family left New York and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. We joined a synagogue which I would describe as "very Reform." In contrast to our little Long Island synagogue, this one was quite elaborate. An ornate chandelier hung from the center of the beautiful domed ceiling; the ark was made of marble and gold, and we had gold velvet cushions on the seats to match...

Tragically, Jews For jes*s is popping up everywhere. Your read more and more people saying their members.

And say they grew up in Reform Temples.

posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 11:18 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

More information here:

Jay Alan Sekulow

1:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And say they grew up in Reform Temples.

int rant = 0;

while (rant < 1000) {
puts("He's just a Jewish as you or me!\n);
puts("blah, blah, blah\n");


1:54 AM  

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