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Barack Obama’s Rabbi

Hallelujah, shalom: Rabbi Funnye singing at Shabbat services. (Alec Soth/Magnum, for The New York Times)

Conservative rabbi (and convert) Rabbi Capers Funnye is putting the black back in Judaism. (Okay, so it was already there.) And the New York Times noticed. They profiled him in a piece called “Barack Obama’s Rabbi”. The piece also gives a great deal of background on the black Hebrews or Hebrew Israelites. My favorite line in the piece? “‘I ain’t never seen no white Jews before!”

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