The Weekly Schmooze: Israeli tweens have Bieber Fever

A 'Jpost' column wrapping up the hottest Jewish culture news worldwide: Matisyahu says L'Chaim, Ashton and Demi think Israel is a Better Place.

October 14, 2010 16:52
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Israelis have been making waves in the modeling world for years now, but now they're taking on the hip-hop world. Rapper Kanye West has been releasing free downloads over the last nine Fridays, and one has a special shout-out to two blonde, leggy Israelis: Bar Refaeli and Esti Ginzburg. "Christian Dior Denim Flow" has a verse dedicated to West's favorite supermodels, including the following lines: "I’m in the car with Leo and the Benz swerve/I heard Bar was friends with Esti Ginzburg."

A free download of the song is available Speaking of genre swapping, singer Matisyahu is going into modeling. The Hassidic reggae star appears in advertisements for L'Chaim Kosher Vodka, which is manufactured in Or Akiva, but marketed mostly in the US. Matisyahu, good spokesmodel that he is, has been plugging the company, which also manufactures tequila, rum and wine, on his Twitter account. This isn't the first time Matisyahu has modeled; in 2008 the singercrooner performs, he says a Christian prayer, and then the Shema, because he and Bieber of five years, Demi Moore, spoke about new media and the companies he has invested in, including Katalyst, a multiplatform media company. He and Moore were hosted by the Tel Aviv Kabbala Center, and also visited Shai Agassi's electric car company Better Place, according to Moore's tweets.

Of course, no celebrity visit would be complete without some controversy. Britain's Daily Mail claimed that the couple also planned on renewing their wedding vows in Israel, after tabloid reports that Kutcher had been cheating on Moore with a woman named Brittney Jones. Moore's representation denied that the two are renewing their vows, and has not commented on Kutcher's alleged infidelity.

Kutcher revealed no such details on his Twitter account, writing only: “Sharing Love & Light while in Israel. Asking 4 the energy 2 forge bonds with our similarities & find compromise in our differences.”

This week, Wired magazine published an exclusive interview with the first autistic presidential appointee in US history, Ari Ne'eman. A leader in the neurodiversity movement, which demands civil rights and access to services for the "autistic community," Ne'eman was nominated by President Barack Obama to the National Council on Disability last December. Ne'eman's nomination was quite controversial. As he explained to Wired:

"The level of prejudice was pretty shocking. Some people relied on outrageous but all-too-familiar stereotypes to claim that it doesn’t make sense to have an autistic person on the National Council on Disability, such as the bizarre notion that autistic people are emotionless sociopaths. The weirdest accusation was that I got the appointment because my parents are Israeli — a reminder of the anti-Semitism that lurks behind many types of conspiracy theories."

Ne'eman's nomination was held for months by a senator who chose to remain anonymous, but the hold was dropped in June. Ne'eman, who has Asperger's syndrome, is not only the first openly autistic presidential appointee, but one of the youngest at age 22.

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