Tel Aviv – Rabbi Uri Zohar Eulogizes Iconic Secular Singer Arik Einstein At Mass Funeral


    People stand near the coffin of Israeli singer Arik Einstein during a memorial ceremony before his funeral at Rabin square in Tel Aviv November 27, 2013. For many Israelis, nothing symbolised home more than singer Einstein, and on Wednesday a nation mourned the death of its king of cool. Einstein died of a ruptured aneurysm on Tuesday night at the age of 74. REUTERS/Nir Elias Tel Aviv -– Thousands of Israelis, including Rabbi Uri Zohar, assembled in Tel Aviv’s Kikar Rabin square to pay tribute to the iconic singer Arik Einstein.

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    Einstein, one Israel’s most popular singers and songwriters, died in Tel Aviv at Sourasky Medical Center on Tuesday night after he suffered from a ruptured aneurysm. Einstein was 74 years old.

    The Jerusalem Post ( reports that Haredi members of the Knesset attended the service and drew attention to the fact that Einstein’s children and grandchildren are religious.

    MK Uri Maklev said of the singer’s family, “They are haredim who make sure to keep the mitzvahs and halacha (religious law) perfectly. He loved them very much and was proud of them. Two years ago I saw him at his grandson’s wedding…I saw his hugs and great love for his grandchildren.”

    “Aside from the legacy of his songs, this Jewish legacy is more important than anything else he left behind,” Maklev added.

    A procession was led from the square to Einstein’s final resting place at Trumpledor Cemetery.

    As reported by ( Rabbi Uri Zohar paid his respects to Arik Einstein at the cemetery, saying, “We know you did good to many people not because you’re a singer or an actor, but because you’re you.”

    Rabbi Uri Zohar was notably also secular years ago, but turned to religion and became a rabbi in the late 1970s. He considered Einstein a friend and praised him as so.

    An Israeli woman holds of portrait of late Israeli singer and songwriter Arik Einstein during his funeral ceremony at Rabin's Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, 27 November 2013. Arik Einstein died of a heart failure on 26 November. He was 74. Thousands of Israelis came to pay their last respects to the country's great cultural figure.  EPA/ABIR SULTAN

    Rabbi Zohar arrives at the hospital a day before Arik Died

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