Fashion Icon Isaac Mizrahi Disappoints Jewish Fans by Hawking Wares on QVC During Yom Kippur

September 17, 2013 11:46 am 11 comments

Fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi in television commercial for his "Isaac Mizrahi Live!" home shopping program on QVC, which was recorded and broadcast on Yom Kippur. Photo: Screenshot.

Fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi in television commercial for his "Isaac Mizrahi Live!" home shopping program on QVC, which was recorded and broadcast on Yom Kippur. Photo: Screenshot.

Fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi angered and disappointed his many Jewish fans by appearing on the QVC television channel to sell shirts, boots and bags on Yom Kippur, a holy day when Jews refrain from work and eating, the New York Daily News reported on Tuesday.

His “Isaac Mizrahi Live!” program on the 24-hour shopping channel premiered the weekend before the holiday, leaving Mizrahi busy this past Saturday morning tweeting advertisements for the hour-long Yom Kippur program that aired at 3PM on QVC Saturday.

“Mizrahi, 51, is from an observant Jewish family and is an alumnus of Brooklyn’s Yeshiva of Flatbush, a Modern Orthodox private Jewish school in Midwood,” the Daily News reported. “After he made a name for himself in fashion, he co-wrote 2003’s two-part historical documentary ‘Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites,’ which, according to PBS’ description, is ‘dedicated to the thesis that the Israelites and the Jewish faith changed human history as much as any empire that ever existed.’ But now Mizrahi faces backlash, with one prominent Jewish media honcho telling us the decision to work was a slap in the face.”

“There is talk of many Jews boycotting his products because of his outlandish appearance on his show,” the unnamed media source told the Daily News.

Rabbi and television personality Shmuley Boteach told the Daily News, “It seems now G-d isn’t going to be one of his customers, because it is a pretty big account to lose. Modern people have to learn to put values before money, and if Sandy Koufax could give up the World Series for Yom Kippur, then Isaac Mizrahi could give up a few hours of hawking some of his wares.”

11 Comments

  • MICHAL NEGRON DID OPENED HER NEWEST LOCATION IN A NEW JERSEY MALL WITH A RABBI INVOLVED IN IT AND ONLINE GROUPS WERE AFRAID TO CALL HER OUT ON IT. I DID, BUT THEN, WHO AM I? NO ONE ANYONE BOTHERS TO PAY ATTENTION TO.

    I THINK MICHAL NEGRON AND ISAAC MIZRACHI SHOULD BOTH BE BOYCOTTED, CERTAINLY UNTIL AFTER CHANUKAH 2013.

    IT DOESN’T MATTER WHEN THE MIZRACHI SHOW WAS FILMED OR ADS RECORDED FOR BROADCAST, IT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN AIRED ON YOM KIPPUR JUST A NEGRON’S NEWEST LOCATION SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A FRIDAY EVENING PARTY.

  • Q.: What does Hashem call Jews who defy His Mitzvot?
    A.: Schmucks!

    Q.: How much sleep does Hashem lose over this?
    A.: With so many Schmucks around, how can Hashem sleep?

  • on the other hand Elie Tahari sponsored the Succah at the kosher Hotel on York and 68th

  • It is very sad to see how self-hating some people are, even in these comments.
    If anyone had been SPITTING on what’s most sacred in every other religion or culture, I doubt there would be such hypocritical sympathy…
    Then… it is not just Mr. Mizrachi’s “personal” business what he PUBLICLY does on Shabbath Yom Kippur!!
    PUBLIC desecration of Shabbath and Kippur is every Jew’s business, and it should become LOSS for mr. Mizrachi.
    So, thank you Algemeiner for publishing this and allowing people who RESPECT Torah and the People of Israel to give their money and business to those who do and not to those who don’t.

  • If life would be perfect… Mizrahi would not annoy a lot of Jews about his Iom Kipur active life. On the other hand, it should be his choice alone: it is none of the haredim (ultra-orthodox Jews) business.

  • Why would ‘observent’ people be taking the ‘spiritual Inventory’ of another person??? Besides isn’t the whole point of the “Day of Atonement” to FORGIVE?
    Perhaps if there was more willingness to not mind the business of others there’s a chance Peace would be more abundant. Learn to forgive others and self.

    l’shana tovah.

    • Usually forgiveness is achieved by atonement etc, not by in your face spitting at religion of your father and mother. If he does not show up for Yom Kippur, do I have to buy his miserable clothes? And let G’d decide what happens to me for telling everybody I can regarding of what this Mizrachi fellow has done.

  • Mizrachi is a nobody.

  • Seriously? Mizrahi isn’t observant. Hasn’t been in ages, if ever. So he violated the sanctity of Yom Kippur. Last time I checked, Jews do that all over the planet every year. This is a non-story. It’s time to give it a rest.

  • Mizrachi surely made the commercial long before Yom Kippur and even if he did have something to do with its broadcasting days and times, it would not apply to all those observant Jews who should have been in shul all day, not home watching a goyische television program.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

    Read more →
  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

    Read more →
  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

    Read more →
  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Theater Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    JNS.org – Natalie Portman, who directs and stars in the new Hebrew-language film adaptation of author Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, says that despite Oz’s record as a vocal left-wing critic of Israel, her film is not political. Like the book on which it is based, Portman’s film is about a young boy at the time of the founding of the state of Israel. “I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.