Eurovision 2019 – Tel Aviv

  • Last year Israel won the contest and was chosen to be host for this year.
  • The religious consider desecration of the Shabbat a threat to the security of the nation.
  • God should bless Israel and the whole world and in the merit of song each person should find his divine source in heaven and discover the name of God which is peace.

The 64th song festival took place last week in Tel Aviv Israel. Eurovision is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, the world’s most foremost alliance of public service media representing 117 member organizations in 56 countries and an additional 34 Associates in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Forty one countries took part in the contest.  The winner was the Netherlands with song Arcade performed and written by Duncan Lawrence. Last year Israel won the contest and was chosen to be host for this year.

(Photo submitted by David Wexelman)

Israel received opposition from BDS a human rights organization to boycott the festival.

There was also opposition from the Ultra-Orthodox party Agada Israel because the finals in the festival was to be held on the Sabbath. The religious consider desecration of the Shabbat a threat to the security of the nation. The Chief Rabbi Meir Lau called for Jews to extend their Sabbath observance 20 minutes to atone for the desecration of the Sabbath done by the festival. Prime Minister Netanyahu who is still trying to make a government defended Eurovision by saying that the majority of participants are not Jewish. He needs the support of the Aguda Israel party to make the government.

Here is the full show:

God should bless Israel and the whole world and in the merit of song each person should find his divine source in heaven and discover the name of God which is peace.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.
http://www.worldunitypeace.org

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