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Rabbis turned into action men

ISRAEL’S national school of art — the Bezalel Academy — has infuriated the ultra-Orthodox... by turning great rabbis into action figures.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe is portrayed as a muscular figure in tight-fitting clothes, as opposed to his usual black frock.

Ovadia Yosef, a former Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel, wears a cloak instead of his usual braided uniform.

And Baba Sali, a leading rabbi and kabbalist renowned for his ability to work miracles through prayer, wears the kind of cape normally seen on figures such as Superman or Batman.

The figurines are the work of a secular student who spent months researching the rabbis — and then designed how he envisaged them. But in charedi circles, his work was no joke.

Kikar HaShabbat, a Hebrew–language Israeli news website directed towards the ultra-Orthodox, called it “shameful”.

But if it brings the attention of these great men to many of the younger generation, what can be wrong with that?


Anne gets a Latino twist

WHEN a Los Angeles theatre brings to the stage next month The Diary of Anne Frank, it will be told through a very current lens.

For the play will feature a predominantly Latino cast — and a modern-day twist.

It was apparently inspired by the true story of a Jewish woman in LA who created a safe house for a Latino mother and her daughters when her husband was suddenly deported.

The script for the new show was adapted by playwright Wendy Kesselman and will be directed by Stan Zimmerman, who are both Jewish.

Zimmerman advised audiences to “take a breath and see it before you judge it”.

Amazing to think that 73 years after the end of the war, heroine Anne is still proving an inspiration.

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