Israel Mourns the Passing of an Icon

Thursday, November 28, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff  

Israel was in national mourning on Wednesday following the untimely death of iconic singer Arik Einstein at the age of 74.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1939, Einstein went on to become one of Israel's most recognizable musicians, and was part of a generation of performers who were said to have "founded the state."

A national champion high-jumper and shot-putter in high school, Einstein was encouraged by his stage performer father to join an entertainment troupe when he was drafted into the IDF.

Upon his release from the military in 1959, Einstein was a leading member of a string of high-profile musical groups, and eventually went on to write and perform songs that for many were a representation of Israel herself.

Upon his death, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Einstein's catalog of music was the "soundtrack of Israel."

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