Ben Smith
August 22, 2009

Editor’s note: Obama said “we are God’s partners.” Coming from the top dog bureaucrat in the district of criminals, we should assume he is talking about the government.

A reader points out that President Obama’s call with the rabbis today — as recorded in  Rabbi Jack Moline’s and  other  clerics‘ Twitter feeds — freights health care reform with a great deal of religious meaning, and veers into the blend of policy and faith that outraged liberals in the last administration.

“We are God’s partners in matters of life and death,” Obama said, according to Moline (paging Sarah Palin…), quoting from the Rosh Hashanah prayer that says that in the holiday period, it is decided “who shall live and who shall die.”

The president ended the call by wishing the rabbis “shanah tovah,” or happy new year — in reference to the High Holidays a month from now.