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November 18, 2015 2:49 pm

62-Year-Old Singer Michael Bolton Celebrates Impromptu ‘Bar Mitzvah’ at Western Wall

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Singer Michael Bolton put on teffilin for the first time at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photo: Facebook.

Singer Michael Bolton donned tefillin for the first time at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photo: Facebook.

American singer songwriter Michael Bolton was spontaneously bar mitzvahed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem during his trip to Israel last month, a rabbi revealed on Wednesday.

The Jewish musician, 62, stopped by a Chabad tefillin stand near the holy site and agreed to don phylacteries for his first time ever. The laying of tefillin is the first mitzvah (commandment), traditionally assumed by a Jewish male when he turns 13.

Rabbi Shmuel (Shmuli) Weiss, who helped Bolton through the ritual, and the rabbi’s father-in-law, Moshe Schlass, posted a photo on Facebook of the singer thanking him.

Bolton arrived in Israel on Oct. 26, and immediately posted on Facebook, “Hello from Tel Aviv!!! It’s my first time in Israel and I’m excited to be here, even though it’s a short trip. What country is top of YOUR list to visit???”

The trip was the singer’s first visit to the Jewish state.

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  • Ra’anan

    Because of this article, I went to hear him sing on youtube, he’s really good. B”SD
    In fact, I’d never realized that was him singing those songs.
    I’m especially impressed that he came during an especially difficult time in Israel.
    That means a lot to me.

  • I was Bat Mitzvah in Israel,right near the.Dead Sea.
    I did it about 20 years ago at the age of 50. I will never forget the feeling I felt inside. May the rest of your life Michael, be filled with love and joy

  • Simone Miller

    Mazel tov Michael! The best place in the world to be for your Bar Mitzvah!

  • Debbie Farkas

    Mazel Tov!!!!!

  • mozel tov micheal congrats to bar mitzva

  • Mazel Tov!! Congratulations Michael! I’m sure your mom was up there smiling down on you_?? so proud of you. what a sacred place to to do it! god Bless?

  • Rose Angel

    Mazel Tov to a very special man on a special occasion at a very special and Holy place. May God bless you and your singing career and may you have long life. Shalom. Rose Angel.

  • Kathy rosario

    Congrats Michael….it is never too late to create a lasting memory! I am sure your mom is quite proud!!

  • dante

    MAZAL TOV to Michael…Israel is a wonderful country, a much-slandered and much-hated oasis of decency. it is surpassing strange that in this world it takes courage to acknowledge that. Heaven bless Michael and the Jewish People and their true friends.

  • Shuli

    Mazal Tov!
    No better place to celebrate so many occasions!
    First trip to Israel , first time for Tefilin and your Barmitzvah. All the best.

  • Michael, Aunt Helen is smiling. Love You Always

  • Maimon Pinto

    Wow! That is amazing!
    Please allow me to make a small correction. The first commandment that aa Bar mitzvah boy performs is not donning Tefilin but reciting the evening Shema Israel

  • Charles D. Gelfand

    I never knew he was Jewish. I wish him a hearty Mazel Tov!

  • Sylvia Kraus

    Michael Bolton, it is a great to know you had a Bar Mitzvah and what a special, honor it is to have it acquire in Jerusalem, at the Western Wall. Mazel Tov! Israel and the Israelies are like no other country and culture. Make you be blessed and feel proud. You now one of us. Sylvia Kraus

  • Sylvia Kraus

    Michael Bolton, it is a great to know you had a Bar Mitzvah and what a special, honor it is to have it acquire in Jerusalem, at the Western Wall. Mazel Tov are like no other country and culture. Make you be blessed and feel proud. You now one of us. Sylvia Kraus

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