Monday, September 17, 2007
Beastie Boys set to rock Toronto - on Yom Kippur
Yes, it's true.
The Beastie Boys – the pride and joy of Jewish hip hop fans all over the world – will grace Toronto with two performances next week. The first show is at the Hummingbird Centre on Sept. 21, which is Erev Yom Kippur, and the second show is the following night on Sept. 22, and is scheduled to start exactly one minute before the fast ends, at 8pm.
It's no secret that the three MCs who make up the BBoys, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" Yauch and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, are not exactly shining examples of practicing Jews - in fact, Yauch converted to Buddism years ago.
But a majority of Toronto's Jewish population of about 200,000 probably observe Yom Kippur in some capacity, and won't be able to see either show.
Where's the love? By no means am I suggesting that scheduling the show on the highest of High Holy Days was intentional. But I wonder if they would have done the same in New York, a city with one of the biggest Diaspora populations in the world.
I'm just disappointed is all.