Kosher food, Shabbat walks are Lieberman trademarks

STAMFORD, Conn. — On the campaign trail in 2000, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) made headlines everywhere he went. Not only was he the Democratic vice presidential nominee, running with then-Vice President Al Gore, but he was the first Jew to be his party's nominee in a nationwide election.

In the new book, "An Amazing Adventure: Joe and Hadassah's Personal Notes on the 2000 Campaign," Lieberman and his wife reflect on how faith played a role not just in the candidate's policy statements, but the logistics of the campaign.

In light of the senator's announcement Monday that he would seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2004, the book provides a timely window into campaigning Lieberman-style. It is complete with controversial discussions of God at campaign events, Saturdays off and kosher food.

A quick read, Lieberman's book divulges few secrets or inside gossip about the life on a national campaign trail.

However, it does provide much detail about Lieberman's faith and may be a convenient guide for voters unclear of the ramifications of picking an observant Jew for president.

The Liebermans' story starts with the senator receiving the news that he has been selected as the Democrats' nominee for vice president.

Faith quickly meets politics, as he recites morning prayers to calm himself amid a sea of excitement in his home, and pauses to kiss the mezuzah as he leaves the house to meet the media for the first time as a candidate.

"When we leave the house, we always kiss the mezuzah," Hadassah Lieberman writes. "That's a routine gesture for us, but this time, I almost forget to kiss it until Joey reminds me to. There I am, in prime time, as the press films me doing something I do every time I leave the house."

In keeping with the tradition not to ride on Shabbat, the Liebermans write about taking long walks to the nearest synagogue in various campaign stops.

Kosher food was brought to their hotels throughout the campaign by Lubavitch rabbis who knew their locales even though they were supposed to be a secret.

And a sukkah booth was crafted next to the Secret Service station outside the Lieberman's Washington home.