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The King in Jerusalem

The King in Jerusalem

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An Israeli Elvis impersonator preformed Saturday night in a restaurant near Jerusalem, in honor of the 35th anniversary of the King’s death.

Elvis impersonators are divided into those who do the young king and those who depict him in his later years, when he let himself go. This one is decidedly of the latter category.

Elvis Aaron Presley died unexpectedly on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42, from prescription drug abuse and severely compromised health.

As a teenager, Elvis was Shabbes goy for his Jewish neighbors, joining a respectable list that includes Colin Powell, Mario Cuomo and Martin Scorsese.

August 16th is not a good date for large-bulk celebrities. In 2003 on this day, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin died.

I’m going on the treadmill today, no ifs or buts.

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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One Response to “The King in Jerusalem”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    Elvis died from valsalva maneuver while he was on the toilet. Many people die on the toilet because of this (look up valsalva maneuver Elvis Presley); so, it is not just exercise that one needs to do, but to keep a good balanced diet so that one doesn't exert too much pressure while on the toilet. Yes, Elvis had drugs in his blood but they did not cause him to die. Perfectly healthy people die from the valsalva maneuver, especially weight lifters.
    Valsalva maneuver is the forceful attempted exhalation against a closed airway, usually done by closing one's mouth, pinching one's nose shut while pressing out as if blowing up a balloon, straining on the toilet, blowing hard on a trumpet, oboe, etc which in turn causes cardiac arrest, strokes, cerebral hemorrhaging, etc. I have to be constantly aware of this while playing the Shofar.
    Oh forgot to say, that a member of my synagogue passed out twice and twice got a stroke while playing the shofar. I told him and I’m telling you all that if you feel dizzy while straining your air passage way, etc, stop it and take Wheat Grass Juice which increases the oxygen level of your blood.

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