Jesus and Talmudic Rabbis Set Examples for the Skinny Dipping Congressman Yoder

KEVIN YODER, a congressman from Kansas, apologized last week for swimming nude in the Sea of Galilee last summer during a trip with his wife and other members of Congress, who apparently were clothed. Actually, he apologized for “any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents.”

I don’t understand the apology at all. His colleagues were with him, and no one said anything for over a year. The only one who appeared upset was Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who had left early. But before defending the Republican from Kansas, I must admit that I, too, have skinny-dipped in the Sea of Galilee (and the Mediterranean, the Dead Sea and a number of pools).

The Sea of Galilee, also called Lake Kinneret, is the largest freshwater lake in Israel. This is where Jesus is said to have walked on water, and along its shores are many of the sites where Jesus and his disciples preached, worked and healed. But it is also a recreational area. Thousands of people camp on the shores and swim. Every September there is a national swim where thousands join in.


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