Dan Aykroyd: Mensch

Wow. Those Hollywood celebrities visiting Israel are becoming more and more low key.

First it was Will Smith.

Then it was Jim Carrey.

Now I see that Dan Aykroyd was in town…and I have only found out 11 days after it happened.

But what really impressed me more than the fact he managed to escape my radar was what he said about Israel.

Hollywood actor Dan Aykroyd has made an appearance in Jerusalem on a visit to some of the city’s landmark Jewish sites.

Aykroyd, who starred the NBC’s Saturday Night Live in the seventies and cinema blockbusters such as the “Blues Brothers” and “Ghost Busters”, told Reuters he arrived in Jerusalem to appreciate and absorb the Jewish heritage and to pay tribute to its traditions.

“Being in comedy I have always had an interest in Jewish culture and I owe a great deal of my career to the foundations laid by the Jewish culture,” Aykroyd said in Jerusalem.

“I have always wanted to come to Israel because I believe that right now it is the linchpin of western security,” he added.

Aykroyd toured the Jewish Quarter of the walled old city of Jerusalem and laid a wreath at “Yad Vashem”, Israel’s Holocaust museum.

Aykroyd is due to hold a “Sabbath welcoming” ceremony at the Western Wall, revered by Jews as a last remnant of the ancient Jewish Temple. The ritual includes Friday evening prayer service which commemorates the holiness of the Jewish Saturday

I recommend you watch the entire video of his visit at this link – especially what he says at the end about Israel:

“I say to anyone now that it’s important, especially at this time, to come and see this beautiful dream that is much more than an experiment. It is now a reality, and is going to be for all the ages.”

Amen, (Blues) brother.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media