Miami Beach Rabbi puts $1.8 Million Synagogue Seats on eBay
September 8, 2007 19 Comments
Couldn’t believe this story coming out of Miami Beach,
“2 Comfy Synagogue Seats Starting At Only $1.8-Million”
According to the story, Rabbi Kliel Rose of Temple Emanu-El [if he only believed that Jesus is Emanu-El] has put up 2 front row seats in his synagogue on eBay for a cool $1.8 million. This was done to raise money for the synagogue.
Rabbi Rose jokingly comments on the view from said seats, “You’re closest to the rabbi, so how could you go wrong?”
He then clarifies his position,
All joking aside, I think the view has very little to do with me. I think the view is the opportunity to feel touched by what we do as people and ideally it’s to feel the presence of God.
I don’t recall anywhere in the Old Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures) where it says that there exists a seat (or 2) in the synagogue/temple for ideally feeling the presence of God. I concede that the synagogue had not yet become the center of Jewish religious activity by the time the OT was completed.
This particular rabbi’s actions (the story mentions other rabbis who disagree with him) bring to mind, and might I add, clarify what Jesus was spoke of here,
Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places. — Luke 11:43