Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Scooter Braun Confirms That Justin Bieber Says the Shema Before Every Show

In October 2010 I used the example of Justin Bieber reciting the "Shema Yisrael" Jewish prayer in a blog post about non-Jews performing Jewish rituals. I explained how there were reports that Justin Bieber's Jewish manager Scott "Scooter" Braun, who discovered Bieber on YouTube, taught Justin the "Shema Yisrael" prayer and he says it before each concert. In the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronot, Scooter Braun said "Justin prays the Shema before each show. First he says a Christian prayer, then he says the Shema."

I cynically noted that "Based on the number of concerts at which Justin Bieber performs, I'm guessing that he's actually said the most important statement of Jewish belief many more times in his life than the average 16-year-old Jewish youth."

Scenes of Justin Bieber saying the Shema even made it into his "Never Say Never" movie (I haven't actually seen the movie, but that's what I'm told).

Last week at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, I had a chance to meet Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun. After Justin looked into my camera and said hello to my six-year-old daughter (which made her year!), I asked Scooter Braun to give a "shout out" to her as well. After he mentioned that he has a cousin by the same name as my daughter, he also confirmed that Justin says the Shema before every show. Here's the video:

Here's Justin Bieber saying the Shema along with Scooter Braun, Usher, and Jayden Smith:


noticias impresionantes said...

I hope fame doesn't drive you to commit many follies like many artists of the medium.

Hailey said...

I think it's great that he's not afraid to show his spiritual side.

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Anonymous said...

What a load of nonsense, God gave you a brain for a reason, not just to keep your ears apart.

Anonymous said...

of course the moderator has to approve all comments, can't have the brain washed little cattle going off the reservation and actually thinking, they would know all we have taught them are lies

Anonymous said...

It is not only mentioned in Deuteronomy 6:4 but also in Mark 12:29.