Thursday, April 9, 2009
The JTA is reporting that President Obama will host a Passover seder at the White House this evening.
The JTA report states in part:
William Daroff, vice president for public policy and director of the United Jewish Communities Washington office, said the seder was scheduled on the second night so as not to disrupt first night family seders and is "a testament to how far we have come as a Jewish people in America.
"Jews are a vital component in the mosaic that is American culture and society," he said. "Our welcome through the front door, and the dining room door, of the White House speaks to the inclusiveness of today's America and of President Obama. This night is indeed different from all other nights."
We rejoice with our Jewish friends at this development.
Be patient with me as I digress and rejoice about another matter: the appointment of my friend and colleague, David A. Brennen, as dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law. David was one of my tax law professors (I actually took three classes with him) when I was a law student at Syracuse University College of Law many, many years ago. I learned much from David, both in and out of the classroom, and for many years after I had graduated from law school. I rejoice with him, and wish him well in this new endeavor.