Israeli Football Player Tomer Hemed Continues To Show Jewish Pride

Remember Tomer Hemed, the Israeli soccer player who plays as a striker for English Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion?

Maybe this will jog your memories:

It turns out, Tomer’s Jewish pride extends beyond his haircut.

Tomer Hemed cannot eat bread for the next few days but he has been hungry for the Premier League from the moment he joined Albion.

The Jewish striker’s strong faith in his ability, his team-mates and his religion are all about to be rewarded.

The Seagulls bid to clinch promotion coincides with Passover, the Jewish festival commemorating the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery.

It began on Monday evening and finishes on Tuesday evening, by which time the prospect of facing Jose Mourinho next season could become reality for Manchester United fan Hemed and his team-mates.

He has amended his eating habits slightly in the build-up to the Easter fixtures at Wolves today and at home to Wigan on Monday to observe the traditions of Passover.

“Most things I can eat,” Hemed explained. “It’s just yeast. I cannot eat bread or kinds of pasta. These are very important days for Jewish people and it’s important for me also.

“If I could eat nothing it would be more difficult. The things that I can’t it’s only for one week. I’m sure it will not affect my quality in training or the games.”

The Wolves game is the second of three Friday fixtures in succession for Albion. There have been eight in total throughout the season which, along with the diet of long away trips, has curtailed a weekly ritual for Hemed.

“Every Friday evening I visit the synagogue,” he said. “But of course when we are playing away on a Friday it’s impossible.

Hat tip: The Algemeiner



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