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[on his heritage and religion, in a 2012 Haaretz interview] My father is Jewish, my mother is not, but I consider myself entirely Jewish even though according to Jewish law I am not. I encourage everyone to understand that the rules [of Jewish matrilineal descent] were written before anyone could do DNA tests... I know that I am a descendant of Abraham through my father... I definitely plan to [...
Trained as an opera singer at a young age due to begin born with a debilitating stutter. Enrolling in opera was inspired by his kindergarten teacher, within a year of opera training his speech impediment was gone. He said he had a 'breathe-line stutter and wasn't breathing in enough to complete a word' and that opera vocal training is all about control and manipulation of the breath.