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Jerusalem - US Actor Celebrates Bar Mitzvah At Western Wall

Published on: June 11, 2012 09:10 AM
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Movie star David Arquette prays at the Western Wall on Monday June 11 2012. Arquette, who arrived in Tel Aviv over the weekend, is filming an episode of the travel show “Trippin’” in Israel, and decided to mark his trip to Israel with a bar mitzva at the Kotel at the at the age of 41, only 28 years late. He was raised on a Virginia religious commune his parents co-founded that embraced aspects of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. His mother was raised an observant Jew, although she eschewed her religious roots, and his father was a convert to Islam. PHoto by Noam Moskowitz/Flash90Jerusalem -  David Arquette got more than he bargained for during his first trip to Israel.

The “Scream” star came to shoot a segment for his travel show and ended up having a bar mitzvah ceremony, too.

The 40-year-old Arquette completed the Jewish rite of passage Monday in Jerusalem at the Western Wall, the holiest place for Jews to pray.

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Arquette, who recently split with former “Friends” star Courtney Cox, is the youngest of the five acting Arquette siblings: Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia and Alexis (who was born Robert).

While their father became a Muslim, their mother was born Jewish, making the children Jewish under religious law.

Jewish boys typically celebrate their bar mitzvah at 13, the age when they are obligated to perform Jewish commandments.

While filming an episode in Jerusalem of his “Mile High” show, which airs on the Travel Channel, Arquette attended a ceremony and was then asked whether he would like to have one as well.

Dressed in an all-white outfit, Arquette read his first Torah portion ever and placed phylacteries on his head and tattooed arm in front of the Western Wall, the lone retaining wall left from the second Jewish Temple compound.

“He was very emotional, saying he was happy to be part of the chain of the Jewish people,” said Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall, who conducted the ceremony. “I’m very pleased to see a man who is returning to his roots.”

Arquette, who has been elusive during his visit, later posted on his Twitter account: “I had my bar mitzvah today at the wall. Finally I’m a man.”

Rabinowitz said Arquette was ashamed by his lack of Jewish knowledge. Born on a commune in Virginia, he had little to do with Judaism. His maternal grandmother was a refugee of the Nazi Holocaust of World War II, but his own mother turned away from religion.

Arquette later went on to appear in TV series such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and in movies like “Never Been Kissed.” His best-known role was as Dewey Riley in the horror/slasher film franchise “Scream,” where he starred alongside his ex-wife.

Movie star David Arquette prays at the Western Wall on Monday June 11 2012. Arquette, who arrived in Tel Aviv over the weekend, is filming an episode of the travel show “Trippin’” in Israel, and decided to mark his trip to Israel with a bar mitzva at the Kotel at the at the age of 41, only 28 years late. He was raised on a Virginia religious commune his parents co-founded that embraced aspects of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. His mother was raised an observant Jew, although she eschewed her religious roots, and his father was a convert to Islam. PHoto by Noam Moskowitz/Flash90

Movie star David Arquette prays at the Western Wall on Monday June 11 2012. Arquette, who arrived in Tel Aviv over the weekend, is filming an episode of the travel show “Trippin’” in Israel, and decided to mark his trip to Israel with a bar mitzva at the Kotel at the at the age of 41, only 28 years late. He was raised on a Virginia religious commune his parents co-founded that embraced aspects of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. His mother was raised an observant Jew, although she eschewed her religious roots, and his father was a convert to Islam. PHoto by Noam Moskowitz/Flash90

Movie star David Arquette prays at the Western Wall on Monday June 11 2012. Arquette, who arrived in Tel Aviv over the weekend, is filming an episode of the travel show “Trippin’” in Israel, and decided to mark his trip to Israel with a bar mitzva at the Kotel at the at the age of 41, only 28 years late. He was raised on a Virginia religious commune his parents co-founded that embraced aspects of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. His mother was raised an observant Jew, although she eschewed her religious roots, and his father was a convert to Islam. PHoto by Noam Moskowitz/Flash90



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 Jun 11, 2012 at 09:13 AM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

What a beautiful sight! it is never too late to discover the spark inside you. I was touched by these photos.

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 09:17 AM mazel tov Says:

wow, so nice. whether its a movie star or any unaffiliated assimilated jew- it is always nice to see them be inspired to connect to their roots- their neshama. May he and all others (and each of us) be chozer b'tshuva completely so that we may merit to greet mashiach very soon.

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 09:32 AM the spark Says:

Who knows...you never know when the spark of yiddishkeit explodes into a big flame....it's happened before...can happen now..

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 09:49 AM username Says:

Mazel tov!! May this ignite the spark in his neshama!

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM ProminantLawyer Says:

Good News! An actor shows at the Wall. We should have more actors show at the Wall. Media events for the Wall are great!

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Wonder what happened to his frum mom to turn her off so to Yiddishkeit.

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM BaruchGershom Says:

Cool!

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM DemsBeBabies Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Wonder what happened to his frum mom to turn her off so to Yiddishkeit.

Not sure what article you read, all it says is that she was jewish, not "frum".

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM neitraler Says:

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DemsBeBabies Says:

Not sure what article you read, all it says is that she was jewish, not "frum".

The article did state that she was "Observant"

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM Anonymous Says:

We sometimes lose sight of how important it is for yidden like him, Madonna and other entertainment and political figures to return to their jewish roots, even if their public persona is not always that of an ehrliche yid.

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM Anonymous Says:

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DemsBeBabies Says:

Not sure what article you read, all it says is that she was jewish, not "frum".

If you look at the caption of the first picture you will see it says: "His mother was raised an observant Jew, although she eschewed her religious roots, and his father was a convert to Islam." I'm not sure where you are from, but where I come from observant means frum.

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM kehati Says:

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the spark Says:

Who knows...you never know when the spark of yiddishkeit explodes into a big flame....it's happened before...can happen now..

You're so right - who would have believed 70 years ago that the great grandson of arch Communist Leon Totsky (Lenin's right hand man), would be a religious Jew living in Eretz Yisrael?

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 01:48 PM BLONDI Says:

mazel tov...a shame he didnt have his sister there....

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 02:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
kehati Says:

You're so right - who would have believed 70 years ago that the great grandson of arch Communist Leon Totsky (Lenin's right hand man), would be a religious Jew living in Eretz Yisrael?

Leon Trotsky, not Totsky.

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 03:28 PM Materetsky Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

We sometimes lose sight of how important it is for yidden like him, Madonna and other entertainment and political figures to return to their jewish roots, even if their public persona is not always that of an ehrliche yid.

Madonna isn't a yid. She is interested in "kabbalah" but isn't halachically Jewish. Her dad isn't Jewish either. She is just a regular- albeit rich and famous- goy .

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM ShmuelG Says:

Reply to #13  
kehati Says:

You're so right - who would have believed 70 years ago that the great grandson of arch Communist Leon Totsky (Lenin's right hand man), would be a religious Jew living in Eretz Yisrael?

In Bnei Brak, no less.

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
DemsBeBabies Says:

Not sure what article you read, all it says is that she was jewish, not "frum".

If you will read beneath the photos...it says his mother was raised an observant jew.

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 06:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Wonder what happened to his frum mom to turn her off so to Yiddishkeit.

none of your business. do you have to be a busybody in the face of such a joyous occasion?

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 06:59 PM Anonymous Says:

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BLONDI Says:

mazel tov...a shame he didnt have his sister there....

BLONDI Says: “ mazel tov...a shame he didnt have his sister there.... ”

Why do you have to rain on this parade?

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 07:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
Materetsky Says:

Madonna isn't a yid. She is interested in "kabbalah" but isn't halachically Jewish. Her dad isn't Jewish either. She is just a regular- albeit rich and famous- goy .

you are correct at the moment - her full name is Madonna Louise Ciccone, but as you well know, often a person's ancestry is hidden for a long time, even from them. And there have always been Jews in Italy....

You never know what comes next, so don't be so fast to write her off.

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 Jun 11, 2012 at 09:44 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

you are correct at the moment - her full name is Madonna Louise Ciccone, but as you well know, often a person's ancestry is hidden for a long time, even from them. And there have always been Jews in Italy....

You never know what comes next, so don't be so fast to write her off.

She is currently pursuing kiruv classes in LA with a chabad center but not clear if she is serious about conversion in accordance with halacha or just seeking a "yiddishe light" affiliation.

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 Jun 12, 2012 at 08:13 PM Pereles Says:

Beautiful pictures! I have a shidduch for him: Bar Rafaeli!

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 Jun 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM FullabullaRebbe Says:

It's all fun and games until he has a bris!

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 01:44 AM YiddisheMamme Says:

WOW. i actually got chills. i remember when i was a big courteney cox fan during her friends day, i felt so sad that her Jewish huband had intermarried. He never had a bar mitzvah either? and seeing him now in a yarmulke and tefillin gave me chills. i know it's just a pr stunt but still. wow.

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