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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is working fervently to secure the Republican nomination.
Naturally, one of the issues that has come up repeatedly on the campaign trail is turmoil in the Middle East and the United States' relationship with Israel.
Politico's Maggie Haberman writes:
Rick Perry has engulfed himself in Mideast politics with a hardline stand support Israel in his presidential campaign, a move that his backers and campaign have said comes from the heart, and predates the campaign.
I've written about his relationship with the Jewish community in Texas, where several people insisted he has Jewish supporters from around the state, and has honored holiday customs from the government office.
The campaign, of course, isn't the first time Perry has shown interest in the Jewish community. In 2009, he was given the Defender of Jerusalem award for his support of the Israeli state. Haberman also uncovered video of a December 2010 celebration during which Perry invited rabbis to the governor's reception room to mark the the first full day of Hanukkah.
During the festivities, Perry joined the religious leaders in traditional singing and dancing, while celebrating the lighting of the menorah. Below, watch him join the religious men in a circular dance:
Here's footage of the entire event (dancing is also included here around 4:55):
We're told this dance is the called the hora. According to eHow, "The hora is frequently danced at Jewish weddings and bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs" (for the actual steps involved in the dance click here).
(H/T Business Insider)
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