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by Michael Aushenker

June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

Beck performs at the Experience Music Project's concert series opener in Memorial Stadium  June 24, 2000 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Newsmakers

Beck performs at the Experience Music Project's concert series opener in Memorial Stadium June 24, 2000 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Newsmakers

From the "Who Knew?" department comes this interesting tidbit: Lashon hara has a staunch opponent and Judaism an enthusiastic fan in, of all people, the pop musician known as Beck.

In a special music insert of last week's LA Weekly, the pioneering Grammy-winning post-modernist - best known for genre-blending albums such as "Odelay" and "Midnite Vultures" - was asked to comment on a rumor circulating that linked him to Scientology. Beck answered the question this way:
"I'm not a gossip at all, maybe because I'm a Jew, and Jews believe you shouldn't talk about people. I'm the same way about stealing - I'm absolutely unable to steal. My family weren't observant Jews, but I wanted a bar mitzvah, and when I was a teenager I used to go to synagogue and study Torah with a friend who lived in Tujunga.

"If I have children I'll raise them as Jews, because it's a great religion. I like to look at things from as many different angles as possible, and one of the things I love about Judaism is that it gives 100 different interpretations of a single line of Torah."

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