Nov 18, 2012
Yshar Koach to Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden met New Jersey Shliach Moshe Schapiro and got a "thank you" for the Obama Administration.

By COLlive reporter

"My heart is in the east, and I in the uttermost west."

Vice President Joe Biden toured parts of the New Jersey coastline hit hard by Superstorm Sandy on Sunday, but was drawn to the Israel-Gaza conflict.

While visiting Hoboken, where many residents were stranded as floodwaters submerged the city, he encountered the local Chabad Shliach Rabbi Moshe Schapiro.

"I would like to thank your administration for supporting Israel's right to defend itself," the rabbi told Biden who is acting President Sunday while Barack Obama visits the Far East.

Biden, apparently identidying Rabbi Schapiro's affiliation, replied that he knows the Chabad movement well and is friendly with Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, the Rebbe's Shliach to the White House.

Biden was briefed last week by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Israel's efforts to stop continued rocket attacks on Israel, which claimed the lives of 2 Lubavitchers.

On Sunday, President Barack Obama once again defended Israel's airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.


Another government official who met Rabbi Schapiro was Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who toured the devastated city 2 weeks ago.

According to, nearly 2,300 buildings in Hoboken were damaged by Sandy with about 1,000 sustaining major damage.

Rabbi Schapiro told Secretary Napolitano of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's message to fill the world with light and kindness to dispel darkness and tragedy.

He also told her that he will be joined by some 3,000 rabbis that week attending the annual Kinus Hashluchim convention in Brooklyn, NY.

"She expressed admiration for this and said, 'that's great! We need more of what you're doing. Thank you for being here and good luck with the convention this week'," Schapiro told

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constitution lesson
the Vice President does not serve as acting president when the president travels overseas, he only becomes acting President in case of an illness, death or state of un-consciousnesses
(11/18/2012 10:25:13 PM)
go Moishe!
(11/18/2012 10:30:21 PM)
come on
israel doesnt have the "right" to defend their people they are OBLIGATED too!!
(11/19/2012 2:13:25 AM)
don't forgot Jonathan Pollard
please mention that he has served longer than any other spy and it is time to set him free!
(11/19/2012 2:32:35 AM)
false reality.
Let the Real Obama stand up. Obama supporting Israel,right. what a joke.
(11/19/2012 3:40:15 AM)
I knew Moishy before he was famous, before he even bought his first tie :)

(11/19/2012 9:18:13 AM)
Could a politician put a snake their baby's crib for power?
Pirke Avos thinks so.
(11/19/2012 3:52:57 PM)
to 6
wow thats very special
(11/19/2012 6:06:25 PM)
to 5
(11/25/2012 8:54:59 PM)
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