Photo Credit: Rabbi of the Western Wall
Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch meets actor Michael Douglas at the Kotel, June 20, 2014

Last Friday actor Michael Douglass and Catherine Zeta-Jones visited the Western Wall to celebrate the bar mitzvah of their son, Michael Dylan.

The family met with Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rav Shmuel Rabinovitch, who led the family on a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels and the history of the Jewish People in Jerusalem.


The rabbi led prayers at the Western Wall plaza with the family and stressed the importance of the Temple Mount and the remnant of the Holy Temple.

“This site is important and meaningful to Jews and non-Jews alike,” the rabbi stressed.


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  1. Yes, that is true that Israel is important to Jews and to non Jews alike. And for each resident or visitor their own special reasons. Some for historic sites, others for what is it that keeps Israel together and the rest of us so interested in it and for the Jews and Christians and Messianic Jews, this is where it all began and this is where G-D stated that Israel is where His Heart and Hope lives forever more.

  2. Mr. Micheal Douglas : What a marvelous gift that you have Given to yourself & your Son & Wife ! This is the ultimate way to have ones Bar or Bat Mitzvah . Your Father would be so proud of you as I am sure he is ! May you & your Family be Blessed for all Eternity & shall your Faith forever be your Strength & Wisdom Amen Mazel Tov to the whole Family Shalom AVRAM

  3. Being a Jew comes from the heart NOT necessarily DNA. How ever thru Michaels father Kirk he has the DNA and Michael has also made a choice of the heart. 80% plus Jews in Israel are secular even tho they may have the DNA.61

  4. Dixie Vangelisti
    Hi Dixie
    You cannot make a choice to be Jewish unless you undergo strict conversion process
    Being Jewish at heart means means nothing, even if Jews in Israel are secular , that makes no difference whatsoever as far as their Jewish identity.

  5. So nice to read about Michael Douglas who celebrated his son’s Bar Mitzvah in Israel together with his wife Catherine Zeta Jones. Plus he takes his son to the Kotel. That one great piece of news. When everything else is in Turmoil with all the Racism against Israel.

  6. I think it was a very nice for him to be Bar Mitzva at the wall.It is so ignorant that the Mother has to be Jewish.Didn’t Ben Geron say” If You want to be a Jew, your a Jew” The rest is dumb superstitious..

  7. This is a mockery. Michael Douglas is not Jewish because his MOTHER was not Jewish! According to Wikipedia: “Douglas was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the first child of actor Kirk Douglas and Bermudian-born actress Diana Love Dill. His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Chavusy (now in Belarus, then part of the Russian Empire).[3] His mother was from Devonshire Parish, Bermuda, and has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French, Belgian, and Dutch ancestry.”

    Therefore Douglas’s SON is not Jewish, either, because Catherine Zeta-Jones, the boy’s mother, IS NOT JEWISH, nor has any of the three converted to Judaism.

    The whole thing is a big farce.

    The rabbi in the picture is “The Rabbi of the Western Wall,” who “accompanies many heads of state, religious figures, foreign dignitaries, and media on tours of the Wall and the Western Wall Tunnel. He escorted US First Lady Laura Bush together with Gila Katsav, wife of then-President of Israel Moshe Katsav, on a visit in 2005,[10] and Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, in 2011.”

  8. Lonnie Lane, you are Jewish because your mother was Jewish! The reason being (until DNA became available) you really did n;t know who your father was! Even though this holds true until today, you are what you want to be, or what your parents want you to be.

  9. Get a life! If Michael wants to be Jewish and his wife Catherine wants their son to be Jewish, he will be Jewish!
    It should be of no concern of yours how they live their lives!

  10. Mike Sherman …WRONG…If both parents, or one parent is Jewish a youngster has a choice to make…He follows his parents lead or drops religion altogether! If he decides NO then he’s NOT Jewish! Yes and he is! However if neither is Jewish he does need some conversion if he just wants to be Jewish out of the blue! This is basic logic not orthodox Judaism!!! Michael is JEWISH…Let it Go !!!
    Mr. NG

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