Ultra-Orthodox star Shuli Rand marries Tzufit Grant

Nothing in the life of Israeli actor Shuli Rand has been simple and his personal dramas have played out in public, rivaling anything in his films, culminating in his marriage Tuesday night to actress and television host Tzufit Grant. Actors and musicians Orna Banai, Amir Benayoun and Shlomi Shaban were reportedly among the guests.

Rand and Grant’s relationship has received a lot of attention for a number of reasons. Rand became ultra-Orthodox more than 20 years ago, while Grant is a layman. He had an extremely bitter breakup from his previous wife, Michal Rand, in 2016. Michal, who also became ultra-Orthodox as an adult, accused him of abandoning her to persecute other women and not supporting their seven children, and for a long time, ”he said. she- said that the conflict developed in the media. She sued him for NIS 2.5 million and each said they had been physically abused by the other. Although Michal refused to agree to a divorce, Rand reportedly received a rare waiver signed by 100 rabbis that allowed him to remarry.

Although Grant is not an observer, he said in an interview with Ynet last month that he has always remained kosher and has started observing Saturday with Rand.

They were married in a secluded place near Beit Shemesh. Grant wore a modest wedding dress with long sleeves and a high neckline. She told her boyfriend: “I want to tell you to accept with total conviction that I love you and I thank you for choosing me.” After the traditional breaking of the glass, Rand sang There is no despair in the world.

SHULI RAND: It’s the story of my life (credit: YAEL HERMAN)

Rand was born into a distinguished religious family. His father was Yaakov Rand, a special needs and education researcher who received the Israel Prize in 2001. Shuli Rand’s uncle was Reuven Feuerstein, the pioneer of special needs education who founded the Feuerstein Institute in Jerusalem and for many years, Rand He has been active in helping to raise funds for various special needs frameworks throughout Israel.

When he began acting, he abandoned religious observance and became one of Israel’s most acclaimed actors, starring in classics like Assi Dayan’s Life According to Agfa, for which he won his first Best Actor award in 1992. But to In the late 1990s, he became ultra-Orthodox and joined Breslov Hasidim, the sect that reveres Rabbi Nahman. He strove to continue acting without compromising his faith and performed throughout Israel in individual shows in which he sang, recited excerpts from Rabbi Nahman’s writings, and performed dramatic scenes. He also released several successful music albums.

In 2004, Rand co-wrote and starred in the film Ushpizin, a film that was directed by the secular Gidi Dar, a longtime friend and collaborator of Rand’s, and which received approval from the Breslov community. In it, Rand played a former criminal turned ultra-Orthodox who is shocked when old criminal associates of his arrival for the Sukkot holiday hide in his home. Michal played his wife in the film to adhere to the laws of modesty. The film was a worldwide success and Rand received his second Ophir Award for it. Most recently, he starred in Dar’s Legend of Destruction, a film about the destruction of the Second Temple. He has also had roles on the television series Shtisel and Autonomies. He recently attended the Israeli Film Day presentation event.


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