Prior to his inauguration as the US 46th president, Joe Biden attended a special ceremony in Delaware, in which he and his VP received blessings of a Jewish Rabbi the night before they left for the White House.
A benediction given by Rabbi Michael Beals, who represented the state's Jewish community, hailed Biden as the new president of the US, describing him as "the new Moses" and his VP "Kamala Harris as Aron."
Referring to a Torah portion describing the Israelites’ flight from Egypt, Beals told Biden: "It is indeed bashert that you, our dear president-elect, are being inaugurated on the very week that Jews around the world are reading from the book of Exodus, about Moses’s freeing us from 400 years of backbreaking Egyptian slavery at the hands of an autocratic cruel Pharaoh,” Beals said. “In many ways, dear Joe, you are our Moses."
However, some social media users noted that religious ceremonies and connections prior to assuming power aren't representative of secular America, especially after Trump's presidency, during which he was accused of mobilizing certain religious groups for his own purposes.
On the next day, Biden made it to Washington, DC, and was sworn in as the US new president, while former president Donald Trump skipped the official ceremony leaving for Florida on the morning of the inauguration, breaking a 250 years-old tradition of transferring power.
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