Teen singing sensation Justin Bieber reportedly prays the ‘Shema’ (a Jewish prayer that proclaims the oneness of God) before going on stage. Bieber’s manager and close friend, Scooter Braun (born Shmuel ben Eliezer) told Yediot Ahronot’s Adi Gold the Canadian superstar adopted the prayer after hearing Braun say the ‘Shema.’
“Justin prays the ‘Shema’ before each show.” Braun told Gold. “First he says a Christian prayer, then he says the ‘Shema.’ ”
Earlier this year, Bieber was photographed wearing a kippah at a Jewish wedding ceremony in Toronto for his musical director, Dan Kanter.
The 16-year-old Canadian singer will be making his debut in Israel next year when he performs in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park on April 14, 2011. The show is part of his highly successful My World tour, which has seen the young singer perform around the world, including in his native Canada. Bieber recently performed to a sold out audience of screaming fans at the Air Canada Centre last month. He’s come a long way from his humble beginnings as a busker in Stratford, Ont.