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Harry Style’s 2014 New Years resolution: Learn Hebrew

by Jana Banin, JTA

January 7, 2014 | 11:18 am

Photo via Featureflash/Shutterstock.com

Photo via Featureflash/Shutterstock.com

Hebrew school-dreading children everywhere may have a new and very surprising source of inspiration. According to the Daily Star, One Direction’s Harry Styles has taken up Hebrew lessons.

“Harry’s made it his mission to learn to speak and write Hebrew,” a source said, adding that the British cutie plans to devote 2014 to picking up the language. “So far he’s learned to write his name and One Direction in Hebrew.”

While not a Jew himself, this isn’t the first time Styles,19, has shown an interest in Jewish culture.  In 2012 he got a tattoo of his sister Gemma’s name in Hebrew, he occasionally Tweets Yiddish and Hebrew phrases, and in August he was spotted at a Manhattan kosher eatery. Apparently he’s had some guidance from his Jewish pal Ben Winston, who bought him the kippah he wore to that very meal.

“Ben has been helping him with Jewish cultural tips and Harry has even taken the prayers at their house on the Sabbath,” the unnamed friend said.

We hope he sticks with his resolution–at least long enough so that he’s able to throw some Hebrew around on stage when One Direction hits Israel later this year.

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