Weekly Schmooze: Jewish royalty in Monaco

Jewish culture news worldwide: Anti-Semitism at the Davis Cup; flashy Bar Mitzvah video goes viral.

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August 15, 2013 12:33
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Drake rapping in synagogue

Drake rapping in synagogue 390 EMBED. (photo credit: Twitter)

It's a week of simchas at the Schmooze with engagements, weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.

After the Kate Middleton Jewish rumors are debunked, we're now on the way to getting a real Jewish member of a royal family.

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Moroccan-French actor-comedian Gad Elmaleh is newly engaged to Charlotte Casiraghi, 27, daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and granddaughter of Grace Kelly. The couple is also expecting their first child. If you're not familiar with Elmaleh, check out his hilarious episode of Jerry Seinfeld's web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," released this June.



British "It Girl" Peaches Geldof (daughter of rock star and activist Bob Geldof) married Thomas Cohen last September, but this week she shared a cute snap from her wedding album, doing what she described as "the traditional Jewish wedding dance the Hora." What she was really doing was being lifted on a chair next to Cohen. L'chaim!



Next we have a Bar Mitzvah video that went viral. Dallas, Texas teen Sam Horowitz celebrated in November, but his video, in which he does a very elaborate dance in a white suit, became popular recently. His mother, Angela, told JTA that Sam, who has an agent and appeared in "Barney the Dinosaur" and several commercials, "wants to be famous in the entertainment industry."



Drake is on the cover of this week's XXL magazine, and tells his interviewer about his very unique measure of fame. "I get Jewish people coming up to me proud like, 'mazal tov bro. Come to my house for Shabbat dinner," the Jewish rapper said.

Speaking of rappers and Jews, here's a super-cut video of rap lyrics about Jewish lawyers.



Finally, the High Holidays are coming up, not that the International Tennis Federation cares at all. The Israeli national tennis team was scheduled to play the Belgian team on Yom Kippur, and the latter refused to change the date.

After appeals from the Israel Tennis Association, the International Tennis Federation intervened and the date was changed to September 15, but the Israeli Tennis Federation, a non-profit organization, has to pay a $13,000 fine.

That's right, Israeli tennis players have to pay thousands of dollars to be able to observe the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. As Tablet Magazine said, "it's very strange and disheartening to see this kind of thing happen in 2013, but with any luck, the Israeli team, centered by their [Yom Kippur] atonement, will make the Belgians pay on the tennis court."

Meanwhile, if you're going to be in Antwerp in September, you can support the Israel Tennis Organization and help them pay the hefty fine by buying tickets to one of the Davis Cup matches through their website.

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