Grapevine: Some fascination

VALENTINE’S DAY does not necessarily comprise red roses, champagne and heart-shaped pastries. It can also have an aura of mystery, lust and even murder.

February 10, 2017 16:44
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David Friedman

David Friedman. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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FOR SOME inexplicable reason, the Hazvi Yisrael synagogue in Talbiyeh holds a kind of fascination for statesmen, politicians and diplomats.

On the occasions that he attended synagogue services, president Shimon Peres used to go there. President Reuven Rivlin frequently joins the congregants. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has attended services on several occasions. The late justice minister Yaakov Neeman was a regular congregant. America’s ambassador designate David Friedman worshiped there during his visits to Israel. Mayor Nir Barkat has been there, and this past Saturday, City Council member Moshe Lion read the Torah for the congregation.


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