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My Barbra Problem

My Barbra Problem

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Here’s Barbra Streisand performing at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, June 20, 2013.

She arrived in Israel with an entourage of 145, for a week-long visit that included two concerts at the stadium and a private performance for Shimon I.

During her stay here she said some pretty annoying, even enraging things. In many ways she represents the worst in Jewish-American politics: bereft of knowledge and understanding, she preached to us, here in Israel, on how to improve our obvious shortcomings. Citing the worst, most one-sided reports on the Women of the Kotel, she told us how to best change our erring ways regarding women’s equality.

I’ve been experiencing this two-tiered thing with Streisand for years. Her politics is driving me nuts, and then she sings, or acts, and I’m in love again. No one in the world has her pure voice that combines her remarkable, practically limitless technical skills with an incomparable intelligence.

I even loved her movies. I’m crazy for What’s Up Doc, but I even watched lovingly her newest film, which flopped, The Guilt Trip, with Seth Rogen. What can I do? I’m a fan.

I have the same problem with Joan Baez, don’t ask…

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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10 Responses to “My Barbra Problem”

  1. Well, maybe your problem is your a conservative who doesn't believe liberals should have a right to their opinions. It's called, "Freedom of Speech". Live with it!

  2. The commenter said it better (and before) than I could.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This woman, who's married to a non-Jew, did the movie "Yentl," about the "unfortunate" woman who had to disguise herself as a man so she could study Talmud. She also makes films that stereotype the American Jewish Mother in the WORST possible light. And she made "The Way We Were" in which she played a Jewish communist who fell for a "gorgeous goyische guy," Robert Redford. Her Judaism is totally screwed up, and she's done more Chillul Hashem in her films than any other Jewish acress! Who cares that she can sing?

  4. Anonymous says:

    And what a Chilul Hashem for Hebrew University to give her an honorary doctorate!

  5. Posing on stage as an Egyptian goddess throwback? Lovely, not!

  6. She's a turncoat to the Klal.

  7. Especially for the fact that she campaigned for a closeted Islamic.

  8. Charlie Hall says:

    Barbra Streisand is typical of American Jewish supporters of Israel. And she is indeed a big supporter and has been for many decades, defying boycott calls.

  9. Alice Lemos says:

    Barbra is just another similar liberal.

  10. Nathan Katz says:

    I don;t even like her music, let alone her politics.

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