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  4/17/2013, Iyar 7, 5773

Old Fans Still Love Secular Singer Turned Religious


Ariel Zilber said that his old fans don't seem to mind that his once shaggy mane of curly hair is now covered with a black kippah. "It does not bother them that I found G-d. They love my songs," Zilber told Arutz Sheva news.

Despite the cold weather, Zilber performed at a Yom Haatzmaut concert in Tel Aviv along with Miri Aloni, Boom-Pam and other Israeli musicians.

In an interview with Arutz Sheva's Hebrew language news service, the former secular kibbutznik said that concert organizers invited him despite his greying beard, and new-found penchant to support Jewish nationalistic causes. He played a mix of his old classics like "Ten Li Koach" as well as new songs that have a more religious appeal, reflecting his new spirituality.

"They realize that I did not come to force something upon them. They are happy with my songs and some even stayed to talk to me after the show," Zilber stated. Zilber, has just released a new album entitled The Bat and the Rooster. In 2008 he released a Hebrew version of Bob Dylan's enigmatically pro-Israel song Neighborhood Bully, entitled Biryon HaSkhuna.