Democrat President Joe Biden raised eyebrows this week after photographs revealed that he knelt before the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and his chief-of-staff, “ultra-Orthodox” Rabbi Rebecca Ravitz. According to Israeli media, Biden then offered his “unquestionable commitment to Israel’s self-defense,” and promised that his commitment to Israel is “known and engraved in the rock.”
Michpacha’s Yossi Elituv posted photographs of the incident to Twitter, accompanied by the heartfelt caption, “Finally, something that truly meets the definition of the sanctification of God. President Biden kneels in honor of the ultra-Orthodox Rebecca Ravitz, who combines two important careers: a mother of 12 children, and the head of the outgoing staff at the President’s House. Ravitz will continue to sail far. @YediotAhronot”
סוף סוף משהו שעונה באמת להגדרה של קידוש ה׳. הנשיא ביידן כורע ברך לכבודה של רבקה רביץ החרדית המשלבת בין שתי קריירות חשובות: אם ל-12 ילדים, וראש הסגל היוצאת בבית הנשיא. רביץ עוד תמשיך להפליג רחוק. @YediotAhronot pic.twitter.com/YHjrwPVuNl
— יוסי אליטוב Yossi Elituv (@yoelituv) July 2, 2021
Israeli outlet Kipa.co reported (as translated from Hebrew to English by Google) that Biden fell to his knees after hearing a story from the Israeli president’s chief of staff about her 12 children, and then pledged his unconditional support as the President of the United States of America to the defense of Israel. “My commitment to Israel is known and engraved in the rock. Includes an unquestionable commitment to Israel’s self-defense. I can say that Iran will never receive nuclear weapons on my watch,” Biden reportedly stated.
Adding to the irony of the situation is the fact that when Ravitz met Catholic figurehead Pope Francis in 2015, she refused to bow because the Pope was wearing a cross. The Pope then covered the cross with his hand and bowed to her instead, losing face with many Catholic fundamentalists.