Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Right Nation 2010 Is On Yom Kippur, But So What?

Friend Carol Felsenthal wrote a piece for Chicago Magazine that notes "one problem" with the upcoming Sept. 18 "Right Nation 2010" event in Hoffman Estates, IL. That "problem," noted Carol, is that "the evening convention, which follows an afternoon 'activist training conference' for conservatives at the nearby Marriot Chicago Northwest, is on Yom Kippur, the holiest of the Jewish High Holy Days." Full article here... There's just one problem with Carol's article: Yom Kippur, the Jewish "day of atonement," actually begins at sunset on Friday, September 17. More importantly, Yom Kippur ends at sunset (7:38 p.m.) on September 18. The Right Nation 2010 Convention starts at 6:00 p.m. on September 18, so any observant Jews who wish to drive to the Sears Centre Arena to catch the last couple of hours certainly may. Not only that, there will be plenty of Democrat Party activity around the U.S. on Yom Kippur. I zipped off this note to Carol: Interesting post Carol, but I've heard no complaints from my many Jewish friends, including Joel Pollak. Joel is a very observant Jew who does not return email or phone calls after sundown on Friday. While your observation is interesting, I think it's making a mountain out of an anthill. In this case however, the ants are understanding of situation and really, really don't care. No reasonable Jewish person will take this as a slap in the face by Corbett or the other organizers or participants of Right Nation 2010. I don't think that Carol Felsenthal is trying to imply that Republicans are anti-Jewish. I hope not, anyway. After all, they've done more to defend Israel than the Demorats have, certainly, and many Jewish voters are painfully aware of that. Carol did write that Right Nation spokesman Collin Corbett told her that the event plans were made almost a year ago. "Organizers wanted Glenn Beck as the keynoter," Carol wrote, "and September 18th was the date he was available. Corbett said that all efforts are being made to accommodate Jewish people who might like to attend. The holiday ends at sundown; Beck will probably take the stage at around 8:30 pm." The Granite City Democrat Precinct Committeemen Trivia Night will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Granite City, Illinois beginning at 6:00 p.m. Yes, that's during Yom Kippur! For only $120 per table you can join in the fun. That's just one of the many, many Democrat events that will callously take place during Yom Kippur, "the holiest of the Jewish High Holy Days." See more Democrat events in Illinois during Yom Kippur, and remember that these are but a few just in only one state. There are 49 other states in which there will certainly be similar events during - gasp! - "the holiest of the Jewish High Holy Days." Will Carol Felsenthal - or any other magazine contributor - write about the Granite City Precinct Committeemen Trivia Night, or any of the many other Democrat events nationwide, during Yom Kippur? Don't count on it. L'Shanah Tovah, y'all, and Happy 5771. RELATED: Yom Kippur liturgy Jewfaq.org New Hampshire Democratic Party - Calendar South County Democratic Club Meeting Iowa Democratic Party Fifth District Upcoming Events Google Search for "democrat calendar of events, september 18 2010"