School bans religious ‘Voice’ contestant

School bans religious ‘Voice’ contestant

One participant gets flak from school for singing in public; another responds to feminist tirade, but gets ousted from show

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Ofir Ben Sheetrit in her 'Voice' interview (photo credit: YouTube screenshot)
Ofir Ben Sheetrit in her 'Voice' interview (photo credit: YouTube screenshot)

Ofir Ben Sheetrit, a 12th-grader from a community outside the seaside city of Ashdod, was taken to task by her religious high school for singing in public on “The Voice.” She’s been suspended for two weeks in order to appease other students and parents, although it’s clear from her mother’s comments to Maariv that she isn’t overly concerned by her daughter’s decision to appear on the show.

Ofir Ben Sheetrit is battling her school to appear on 'The Voice' (Courtesy YouTube)
Ofir Ben Sheetrit is battling her school to appear on ‘The Voice’ (photo credit: YouTube screenshot)

“I think the Torah wants us to find ways to be happy,” said Ben Sheetrit in her initial interview. “The Torah wants music to make people happy, and I think it’s possible to do both, which is why I came to the show.”

Ben Sheetrit is considered one of the stronger contestants on the show, and is being mentored by judge Aviv Geffen.

Michael Jade and Manar Shahav battling it out on 'The Voice' (Courtesy 'The Voice' Facebook page)
Michael Jade (right) and Manar Shehab battling it out on ‘The Voice’ (photo credit: ‘The Voice’ Facebook page)

In the meantime, Michael Jade, the contestant who was accused of sexual misconduct by feminist groups for his remarks about running his hands over the bottom of “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez while he was a contestant on that show, lost his place on the show to fellow contestant Manar Shehab, after mentor Aviv Geffen chose Shehab in the last episode. But he first responded to questions from The Times of Israel about his comments and behavior with J.Lo:

“This story was taken completely out of context and was interpreted by some activists and other groups as an intentional act and as an intentional assault. This was not my intention,” wrote Jade.

“It is pretty obvious that if that were the case, I would not tell this story to anyone,” he continued. “Unfortunately, the fact that this was the part of my interview that was aired, affected the perception of some people about me, my character, and my values. I would’ve preferred they air the parts where I talk about my work with autistic children and all the time I dedicate in my life to helping others, which was the other 98% of the footage they had of me. But television will be television.”

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