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Jerusalem - Israeli Singer: I Won’t Violate Shabbat To Appear At Eurovision

Published on: January 10, 2019 09:02 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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Jerusalem - Amer Adam, the most popular current recording artist in Israel, said that he turned down an offer to appear at the Eurovision this year since it would involve working on Shabbat.

Adam’s PR manager told The Jerusalem Post in a statement on Thursday that he was unable to accept the offer from KAN, Israel’s public broadcaster, which is organizing the event.

“Omer Adam received an offer to appear in a performance at the 2019 Eurovision,” the statement read. “After a meeting between the sides, because rehearsals for the finale would be held on Shabbat, Omer decided – despite the great honor – not to take part in the event. He thanks them from [the bottom of] his heart for approaching him.”

Adam, 25, was born in the United States but grew up in Israel. He has quickly become a singing sensation, and his songs repeatedly soar to the top of the charts while his concerts sell out in minutes. His biggest hit of last year, “Shnei Meshugaim,” (Two Crazy People) was the most viewed music video in the country last year with more than 48 million hits.

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While Adam is not traditionally observant, he has made a point in his career of refusing to work on Shabbat. The finale of the Eurovision 2019 is slated to take place in Tel Aviv on Saturday, May 18. Rehearsals will take place throughout the weekend.

KAN told the Post on Thursday that “currently we are formulating the artistic program for the 2019 Eurovision. When the time comes we will publish a list of the artists who are taking part.”

While she hasn’t been officially announced it, Dana International – who won the 1998 Eurovision competition with her song, “Diva” – is booked to take part in the show. Last year’s winner, Netta Barzilai, is also expected to perform during one of the events, and singer Idan Raichel has also been rumored to be among the options.



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 Jan 10, 2019 at 09:15 PM Worzel Says:

Why did you include the last paragraph about Dana International? I don’t think that “she” is someone we need to be reading about.

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 Jan 10, 2019 at 10:04 PM Anonymous Says:

yashaR Koach , don kol odom l'kaf zichus

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 Jan 10, 2019 at 10:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Tzadik hador! Whatta sacrifice! He doesnt observe the Shabat but he wldnt violate it. Bigger chilil hashem than a kidush hashem.

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 Jan 10, 2019 at 11:26 PM Phineas Says:

Kol HaKavod. Who knows what kind of schar he gets for this but I would think, quite a bit

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 Jan 11, 2019 at 12:02 AM lazy-boy Says:

very special of Amer Adam!

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 Jan 11, 2019 at 01:00 AM Hiymishclown Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Tzadik hador! Whatta sacrifice! He doesnt observe the Shabat but he wldnt violate it. Bigger chilil hashem than a kidush hashem.

Imbecile that you are. ויש קונה עולמו בשעה אחת.
You'll be lucky if you have 1/10 of his olam haba.

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 Jan 11, 2019 at 08:17 AM FBF37 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Tzadik hador! Whatta sacrifice! He doesnt observe the Shabat but he wldnt violate it. Bigger chilil hashem than a kidush hashem.

What a RASHA you are!! This IS a Kiddush Hashem. What is so hard to understand ? Someone who does not even keep Shabbos would lose a nice payday so NOT to work on Shabbos.

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 Jan 11, 2019 at 09:04 AM Meloah Says:

What a Kidush Hashem! Yes, even though a person may find it hard to keep certain mitsvos, he doesn't violate in public and acknowledge it is wrong to violate shabbos. I believe many will be more careful with shabbos going forward! He earns big merit.

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 Jan 11, 2019 at 09:04 AM Mark Levin Says:

He should be g'bentched with s'yata dishmaya to become an emesdika Shomer Shabbos as well a Shomer Torah u'Mitzvos.

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 Jan 11, 2019 at 10:57 AM fat36 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Tzadik hador! Whatta sacrifice! He doesnt observe the Shabat but he wldnt violate it. Bigger chilil hashem than a kidush hashem.

The sacrifice that he’s making is probably or I should say doesn’t even compare and will never compare to anything you do in your life for the good Lord

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 Jan 11, 2019 at 11:42 AM 2bigtzionists Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Tzadik hador! Whatta sacrifice! He doesnt observe the Shabat but he wldnt violate it. Bigger chilil hashem than a kidush hashem.

you obviously do not have a real leader and are lost. your comments are a disgrace and show that Veohavtoh lereiacha kamoicha (in that possuk it says nothing about the religious status of "Reiacha") is not part pf your teffilas what a shame

and as the old adage says "if you have nothing good to say...... say nothing

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 Jan 11, 2019 at 02:34 PM Ari Says:

Modern day Sandy Koufax

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 Jan 15, 2019 at 01:44 PM Anonymous Says:

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Worzel Says:

Why did you include the last paragraph about Dana International? I don’t think that “she” is someone we need to be reading about.

when you start your own website, you can write and read what you like. otherwise, you have two choices about what you read here: yes, or no.

BTW, please show us EXACTLY where it is forbidden to read about a mention of Dana International in a singing competition, regardless of what has gone on in her personal life? Is there anything in this mention that even hints at her personal life in the past, as salacious as you want to dredge up and make it?

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 Jan 15, 2019 at 01:45 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Tzadik hador! Whatta sacrifice! He doesnt observe the Shabat but he wldnt violate it. Bigger chilil hashem than a kidush hashem.

you have it exactly backwards, and if you are too self-involved than I have to sday he is more worthy of respect than you are, and YOU are the chillul Hashem.

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 Jan 15, 2019 at 01:47 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Tzadik hador! Whatta sacrifice! He doesnt observe the Shabat but he wldnt violate it. Bigger chilil hashem than a kidush hashem.

He is not frum, yet won't work on Shabbos.

You claim to be frum, and yet freely spew Loshon Horah about someone you don't even know.

Which one of you is the more admirable Jew? HINT: NOT you!

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