"Scream" Star Arquette Has Bar Mitzvah In Israel

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Actor David Arquette has celebrated his bar mitzvah at age 40 during his first trip to Israel.

Arquette completed the Jewish rite of passage Monday in Jerusalem at the Western Wall, the holiest place for Jews to pray.

Although his father became a Muslim, Arquette's mother was born Jewish, making her children Jewish under religious law.

Jewish boys typically celebrate their bar mitzvah at 13, the age when they are obligated to perform Jewish commandments.

While filming an episode of his travel show in Jerusalem, Arquette attended a bar mitzvah and was asked whether he would like to have one as well. Dressed in an all-white outfit, Arquette read his first Torah portion ever and placed phylacteries on his head and arm.

The ceremony was conducted by Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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