The synagogue that played host to Drake’s rollicking, frolicking bar mitzvah video is now speaking out.
The president at Temple Israel in Miami, where several scenes for the Jewish rapper’s video “HYFR” were filmed, was originally all smiles about the congregation’s involvement. In fact, he recently told the JTA the video was “an embracing of religious passage.”
It seems, however, that Ben Kuehne only just now took a listen to some of the song's lyrics, and he’s quickly changed his tune.
“The complete video is certainly not consistent with Temple Israel's longstanding history and reputation as a progressive voice in the Jewish Reform movement," Kuehne told JTA. "Temple Israel does not adopt, condone, or sponsor any aspect of the Drake video, and was not involved in its production."
Guess he should have read the fine print, huh?
Listen, we understand how a congregation might have problems with portraying a bar mitzvah as the appropriate place to swill rum and chase after ladies who look remarkably like prostitutes. But leave the hatin’ to the haters.
J-Connection: Drake’s mother is Jewish. In fact, a clip of the rapper’s actual bar mitzvah can be seen at the start of the “HYFR” video. Get ready to say, “Aww.”