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IN JUDAISM, there is no tragedy without joy and no joy without tragedy. We'll be reminded of this over the next few weeks as we observe Tisha B'Av, which commemorates the destruction of the Temple, and then Tu B'Av a week later.
Rabbis don't like the comparison, but Tu B'Av is the closest thing Jews have to Valentine's Day, and it's the day singer Yehuda Sa'ado will marry his bride, Esther Ifergen.
Like all Jewish weddings, the ceremony will contain a reminder of the destruction of the Temple, with the groom set to break a glass and recite the famous verse from Psalm 137, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem." Given Sa'ado's sense of drama, the recital should be quite memorable, and perhaps musical as well.
THE STORK has kept very busy lately making the rounds in the entertainment industry. Last week, the big bird brought a 3.88-kilo bundle of joy to rock singer Aviv Gefen and model Shani Pridan. The infant, a boy, entered the world at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital, not far from the couple's home.
It's tough enough to be the product of famous parents, but baby Gefen will have to contend with a string of famous relatives going well beyond his mom and dad, including grandpa Yonatan Gefen, aunt Shira Gefen (a recent winner at the Cannes Film Festival), and cousins several times removed, among them Assi, Yael and Lior Dayan.
SEVERAL OTHER celebs continue to await the stork. Among them is Anastasia Michaeli, a statuesque presenter on Israel's main Russian-language channel and a near-miss for the Knesset on the Kadima list last year. It'll be her seventh baby.
Also expecting is dancer, singer and acid-tongued TV panelist Michal Amdurski, who's readying for the birth of her second child with rocker husband Assaf Amdurski.
Both women will continue working for as long as they can. Amdurski, already visibly pregnant, is still working as a model - only she's modeling shoes, so the tummy expansion doesn't matter.
ARGENTINIAN MODEL Luisana Lopilato, who for the past three years has led the campaign for Kef hair products, has been replaced by Israeli actress and model Dana Frieder. During Lopilato's tenure, Kef ("Fun") has used a catchy Spanish/Hebrew phrase ("Muy kef!") as its slogan; whether the arrival of an Israeli spokesmodel will change that remains to be seen.
AS ISRAEL marks the one-year anniversary of the Second Lebanon War, veteran journalist Dan Margalit is marking the 25th anniversary of the first. He's doing so on Educational TV's Erev Hadash (A New Evening), even as he prepares for a big move in another realm of his career.
After years of moving back and forth between Ha'aretz and Ma'ariv, he's now leaving the latter paper for a second time. This time, though, he's not playing musical chairs between the tabloid and the broadsheet, having signed up instead for Sheldon Adelson's new publication, Yisrael Hayom (Israel Today).
Media watchers will be looking closely at how Adelson's daily fares against Margalit's old employers. The first thing readers will notice about the ads-driven paper is that, unlike its older counterparts, they'll be getting it for free.
THE LIBRARY Theater in Ramat Gan, host in the past to numerous productions featuring Ehud Manor songs, is to be renamed the Ehud Manor Theater following a unanimous decision by the Ramat Gan City Council. Manor, one of Israel's most prolific lyricists, was a frequent guest at the Library Theater, both on stage and as a member of the audience.
IT'S STILL too early to name something after him, but the Israeli film and TV industry is already mourning producer Itzik Kol, who passed away last week at age 75. The cigar-smoking Kol, one of the entertainment industry's most colorful pillars, had been hospitalized with pneumonia at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, and is survived by his wife, Sari, and three children from previous marriages.
Born in Petah Tikva, Kol found his niche in filmmaking in 1960 and worked closely with prize-winning satirist, author and film director Ephraim Kishon. Though primarily a film and television man, Kol also had a love affair with the stage, and was for several years the general director of Tel Aviv's Cameri Theater.
Many leading figures in Israel's film and TV industries worked with him in the early days of their careers, and he gained a reputation for championing those he liked even under the most difficult of circumstances. He could be rough and didn't suffer fools easily, but he was also a man with a well-developed sense of humor, known for his jokes and rib-tickling anecdotes.