Orrin Hatch “Sorry” He’s Not Jewish
Senior Republican Senator Orrin Hatch says he will do “anything” for the Jewish people, and even sometimes wishes that he was born Jewish.
The statements came during an interview Hatch did with The Mormon Times. The Utah Senator, known for penning Christian hymns and patriotic songs, spoke with the magazine about a new ode he wrote to honor Hanukkah called “Eight Days of Hanukkah.”
“Anything I can do for the Jewish people, I will do,” Hatch said. “Mormons believe the Jewish people are the chosen people, just like the Old Testament says.”
At one point during the interview, Hatch unbuttoned his white dress shirt to expose the golden mezuzah necklace he wears every day. Mezuzahs also adorn the doorways of his homes in Washington and Utah. Hatch keeps a Torah in his Senate office.
“Not a real Torah, but sort of a mock Torah,” he said. “I feel sorry I’m not Jewish sometimes.”
Hatch wrote the lyrics for “Eight Days of Hanukkah” and the music was composed by Madeline Stone, a Jewish songwriter from the Upper West Side of Manhattan who specializes in Christian music. Though she admits to being a liberal Democrat, Stone says their collaboration “became more about the music and the friendship for me and Orrin.”
Hatch speaks of “Eight Days of Hanukkah” as a gift to the Jewish people. “This song means more to me than most of the songs I have ever written,” he said. “People need to know the story of Hanukkah. It was a miracle.”
Here is the official music video, featuring Senator Hatch: