October 02, 2003


... and meet the President. Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg’s account of his meeting with George W. Bush is fascinating.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 2, 2003 01:28 AM

Very moving. And heartening.

Posted by: Kevin Smith at October 2, 2003 at 04:07 AM

Thank you, Tim.

Posted by: Barbara Skolaut at October 2, 2003 at 07:11 AM

I hope to be able to find George Washington's address concerning the Jews. It ends, I believe, with words to the effect that each Jew shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall make them afraid.
That meant something then, considering who'd said it.
But we were a small country, a new experiment, at the time.
It means something now, now that Washington's latest successor has said it again. Considering the country we are now, it means it a whole lot.

Posted by: Richard Aubrey at October 3, 2003 at 12:56 AM

George Washington wrote about religious tolerance in his 1790 letter to the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI. The text and a facsimile of Washington's handwritten letter are posted at:


Posted by: Clark Irwin at October 3, 2003 at 04:06 AM