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Drake’s re-bar mitzvah isn’t going over well with everyone

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 12, 2012 | 7:41 pm

Maybe it’s the explicit language or maybe it’s sense that Temple Israel in Miami pimped itself out, but Drake’s re-bar mitzvah music video isn’t going over well with everyone. JTA reports:

At first, Temple Israel’s president, Ben Kuehne, said that the video—lyrics aside—is “an embracing of religious passage.” He said, “It’s not a sacrilegious message; it’s not an antireligious message.”

But once Kuehne had a chance to review the video and the lyrics more closely, he said, “The complete video is certainly not consistent with Temple Israel’s longstanding history and reputation as a progressive voice in the Jewish Reform movement.” He added, “Temple Israel does not adopt, condone, or sponsor any aspect of the Drake video, and was not involved in its production.”

Nevertheless, Kuehne said, he hoped “Jewish youth will see the Drake video at least in part as a reminder to ‘re-commit’ themselves to their Jewish religion.”

Read the rest here.

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