|Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld (left) of the |
National Synagogue leads prayer service
outside the British Embassy
in Washington, D.C.
on July 7, 2005, in memory of the victims of the
7/7 London bombings. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
In his five years in the nation’s capital, the 34-year-old Herzfeld has earned himself a reputation as a rabbi to the powerful. I first met him at the home of David Frum, the former speechwriter for George W. Bush, where he was escorting the Chief Rabbi of Venezuela (one event on a multi-stop tour to educate policymakers about the anti-Semitic nature of the Chavista regime). A few weeks later, I dined at his Shabbat table across from Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol.