Joe Biden is a mensch. Inbox x Rabbi Michael Beals Unsubscribe 3:39 AM (18 minutes ago) to me AJAY, this is an email from the “I Know Joe Biden” email series. Please, take the time to read below and get to know Joe Biden. And once you’re done reading, can you chip in to send him back to the White House to represent us? Chip in to elect Joe Biden here » DONATE ➞ The story I’m about to share with you about Joe Biden is special — in fact, I’m fairly certain I’m the only living person left who actually witnessed it firsthand. It was about 16 years ago, and I was a young rabbi, brand-new to Delaware, on my way to lead a shiva minyan — a worship service following a death of a Jewish person. I was from California. Back then, I didn’t know Claymont, Delaware from Scranton, Pennsylvania. A quick bit of background: When someone passes away in the Jewish faith, we observe seven days of mourning, called shiva. We gather a group of ten Jewish adults together — a minyan — to say the Mourners’ Kaddish. It usually happens in a person’s home — somewhere intimate. In this case, the deceased individual — her name was Mrs. Greenhouse, of blessed memory — had not been a person of means. She had lived in rent-controlled senior housing in a tall high-rise building off of Namaans Road. Her apartment had been too small to fit everyone into, so we conducted our worship service in the building’s communal laundry room, in the basement of the high-rise. We assembled the ten elders together, and it was in this most humble of places that I began to lead the kaddish. Toward the end of the service, a door at the back of the laundry room opened, and who walks in but Senator Joe Biden, his head lowered, all by himself. I nearly dropped my prayer book in shock. Senator Biden stood quietly in the back of the room for the duration of the service. At the close of the kaddish, I walked over to him and asked the same question that must have been on everyone else’s mind: “Senator Biden — what are you doing here?” And he said to me: “Listen, back in 1972, when I first ran for Senate, Mrs. Greenhouse gave $18 to my first campaign. Because that’s what she could afford. And every six years, when I’d run for reelection, she’d give another $18. She did it her whole life. I’m here to show my respect and gratitude.” Now, the number 18 is significant in the Jewish faith — its numbers spell out the Hebrew word chai, as in “to life, to life, l’chayim!” But it’s also a humble amount. Joe Biden knew that. And he respected that. There were no news outlets at our service that day — no Jewish reporters or important dignitaries. Just a few elderly mourners in a basement laundry room. Joe Biden didn’t come to that service for political gain. He came to that service because he has character. He came to that service because he’s a mensch. And if we need anything right now when it comes to the leadership of our country — we need a mensch. I know this is such a simple, small story. But I tell it to as many people as will listen to me. Because I think that, in their heart of hearts, when people are trying to think about the decision they’ll make this year — this is the kind of story that matters. Joe Biden is a mensch. We need a mensch. Thanks for reading. — Rabbi Michael Beals of Delaware Thanks for reading! We hope you feel like you know Joe Biden, too, AJAY. At the end of this month is our next public fundraising deadline and we’re hoping to bring in 100,000 more online donations by Tuesday to meet our goal. Can you chip in something today? Whether it’s a humble $18 or if it’s $5, any amount is appreciated: If you’ve saved payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately: $18 ➞ $36 ➞ $50 ➞ $100 ➞ $250 ➞ Other ➞ Any donor history information in this email reflects what we have on file for this specific email address. If you have donated with a different email, with a check, or with a spouse — thank you so much! We have that on file and cannot thank you enough for supporting this campaign. This email was sent to ajayinsead03@gmail.com. If we got your name or any information wrong — we’re so sorry! To update and correct your information click here. If you would like to receive fewer emails, click here. If you would like to unsubscribe, click here. AJAY, thank you so much for supporting Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign. Change occurs because the conscience of a country begins to rise up and demand — demand change. This isn’t the time to be complacent. If you are ready to fight for the soul of this nation, you can start by donating to elect Joe Biden by clicking the button below. DONATE TO ELECT JOE BIDEN » We know we send a lot of emails, and we are sorry about that. The reason? We are relying on grassroots supporters like you (we’re serious!). But AJAY, we don’t want to bother you. If you’d like to only receive our most important emails, click here. If you’d like to unsubscribe from our emails, you can click here. To make a contribution by mail, click here for instructions. We sincerely thank you for your help and support. – The entire Joe Biden for President team Paid for by Biden for President

PRIVET SHALOM RABBI BEALS: THIS MAKES ME FEEL PROUD THAT THERE ARE MEN LIKE THAT – STILL – MEN OS CHARACTER. MEN OF INTEGRITY – MEN OS SUBSTANCE. – WE NEED NOT FINESSE WITH WORDS – AND/OR SPEECH –  WE NEED – MEN WHO ARE MENSCH – AND YES, NUMBER 18 I HEARD IS SPECIAL NUMBER – TOO.. I THINK – NOW, I WOULD BE MORE SURE OF SAYING I KNOW JOE IS A MENSCH TOO.. MAYBE ONE DAY I WILL LEARN SOME STUFF FROM MISTER BIDEN – AND THEN MAYBE EVEN I COULD SAY, EVEN I WOULD BE A MENSCH SOME DAY – I HOPE .. THANK U RABBI FOR SHARING THIS STORY.. I REALLY MEAN IT – LIKE SOME MEN DO WHEN THEY SAY I MEAN IT – NOW A DAYS EVERY ONE SKNOWS THE RIGHT WORDS..   BUT I REALLY WANT TO THANK U RABBI FOR THIS EMAIL – THIS MAIL IS BETETR THAN EVEN CAROL KING’S  EMAIL. THIS MEIAL IS BETTER THAN – ANY OF THE EMAILS – THAT CAME FROM JOE BIDEN- YET – YET DOESNT MEAN – MORE CANT HAPPEN – YET MEANS – IN MY SMALL OPINION THIS IS THE MOST POWERFUL EMAIL YET – AND TS NOT BECAUSE – U ARE JEW – OR  IST ABOUT A JEW – ITS JUST BECAUSE – THE STORY IS POWERFUL AND I YES LIKE WORD GAMES AND CROSS WORDS, THANKS TO BARACK OBAMA AND BILLCLINTON

– BUT FOR ME AND BUBBA KNOWS – FOR ME THE SOUL IS MORE IMPORTNANT THAN SKILLS

SKILLS – ARE VALUED – I UNDERSTAND – SPECIALLY IN THE MAETRIALISTIC WORLD  RABBBI BEALS – BUT I HOPE SOUL MEANS A   AT LEAST $18 – IN PEOPLES’ EYES – WHAT DO U THNS BUBBA ?

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AJAY, this is an email from the “I Know Joe Biden” email series.

Please, take the time to read below and get to know Joe Biden. And once you’re done reading, can you chip in to send him back to the White House to represent us? Chip in to elect Joe Biden here »

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The story I’m about to share with you about Joe Biden is special — in fact, I’m fairly certain I’m the only living person left who actually witnessed it firsthand.

It was about 16 years ago, and I was a young rabbi, brand-new to Delaware, on my way to lead a shiva minyan — a worship service following a death of a Jewish person. I was from California. Back then, I didn’t know Claymont, Delaware from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

A quick bit of background: When someone passes away in the Jewish faith, we observe seven days of mourning, called shiva. We gather a group of ten Jewish adults together — a minyan — to say the Mourners’ Kaddish. It usually happens in a person’s home — somewhere intimate.

In this case, the deceased individual — her name was Mrs. Greenhouse, of blessed memory — had not been a person of means. She had lived in rent-controlled senior housing in a tall high-rise building off of Namaans Road. Her apartment had been too small to fit everyone into, so we conducted our worship service in the building’s communal laundry room, in the basement of the high-rise.

We assembled the ten elders together, and it was in this most humble of places that I began to lead the kaddish. Toward the end of the service, a door at the back of the laundry room opened, and who walks in but Senator Joe Biden, his head lowered, all by himself.

I nearly dropped my prayer book in shock.

Senator Biden stood quietly in the back of the room for the duration of the service.

At the close of the kaddish, I walked over to him and asked the same question that must have been on everyone else’s mind: “Senator Biden — what are you doing here?”

And he said to me: “Listen, back in 1972, when I first ran for Senate, Mrs. Greenhouse gave $18 to my first campaign. Because that’s what she could afford. And every six years, when I’d run for reelection, she’d give another $18. She did it her whole life. I’m here to show my respect and gratitude.”

Now, the number 18 is significant in the Jewish faith — its numbers spell out the Hebrew word chai, as in “to life, to life, l’chayim!” But it’s also a humble amount. Joe Biden knew that. And he respected that.

There were no news outlets at our service that day — no Jewish reporters or important dignitaries. Just a few elderly mourners in a basement laundry room.

Joe Biden didn’t come to that service for political gain. He came to that service because he has character. He came to that service because he’s a mensch.

And if we need anything right now when it comes to the leadership of our country — we need a mensch.

I know this is such a simple, small story. But I tell it to as many people as will listen to me.

Because I think that, in their heart of hearts, when people are trying to think about the decision they’ll make this year — this is the kind of story that matters.

Joe Biden is a mensch. We need a mensch.

Thanks for reading.

— Rabbi Michael Beals of Delaware

Thanks for reading! We hope you feel like you know Joe Biden, too, AJAY.

At the end of this month is our next public fundraising deadline and we’re hoping to bring in 100,000 more online donations by Tuesday to meet our goal. Can you chip in something today? Whether it’s a humble $18 or if it’s $5, any amount is appreciated:

If you’ve saved payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

$18 ➞
$36 ➞
$50 ➞
$100 ➞
$250 ➞
Other ➞

              

Any donor history information in this email reflects what we have on file for this specific email address. If you have donated with a different email, with a check, or with a spouse — thank you so much! We have that on file and cannot thank you enough for supporting this campaign.

This email was sent to ajayinsead03@gmail.com. If we got your name or any information wrong — we’re so sorry! To update and correct your information click here. If you would like to receive fewer emails, click here. If you would like to unsubscribe, click here.

AJAY, thank you so much for supporting Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign.

Change occurs because the conscience of a country begins to rise up and demand — demand change.

This isn’t the time to be complacent. If you are ready to fight for the soul of this nation, you can start by donating to elect Joe Biden by clicking the button below.

DONATE TO ELECT JOE BIDEN »


We know we send a lot of emails, and we are sorry about that. The reason? We are relying on grassroots supporters like you (we’re serious!).

But AJAY, we don’t want to bother you. If you’d like to only receive our most important emails, click here. If you’d like to unsubscribe from our emails, you can click here.

To make a contribution by mail, click here for instructions.

We sincerely thank you for your help and support.
– The entire Joe Biden for President team

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