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Obama Seeing Stars

I was struck by this photo of President Obama being shown a tapestry in Ethiopia’s National Palace, by Ethiopian Prime Minister Desalegn. If you look at the area at the bottom of the tapestry, between the arms of the two men, you can clearly see two Jewish stars, the Magen David (Hint: Click on the photo to see full size).

Looking at a tapestry with Prime Minister Desalegn at the National Palace. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Looking at a tapestry with Prime Minister Desalegn at the National Palace. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Intertwined in the history of Ethiopia, is the story of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Ethiopians believe that the Imperial House of Ethiopia (which no longer rules the country) is descended from Menelik I, the son of Solomon and Sheba. I’m guessing, based on what we can see in the tapestry, that it depicts Solomon receiving  the Queen of Sheba in his palace in Jerusalem, hence the Jewish stars.

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Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 36 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between raising her 12 children and writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids a Guidestar gold medal charity.
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Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 36 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between raising her 12 children and writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids a Guidestar gold medal charity.
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