Last Updated: Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:20 pm (KSA) 09:20 am (GMT)

Superstar Omar Sharif denies converting to Judaism

Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, who is still remembered for his roles in “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago”, has denied rumors that he converted to a mystical sect of Judaism. (Reuters)
Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, who is still remembered for his roles in “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago”, has denied rumors that he converted to a mystical sect of Judaism. (Reuters)

The internationally renowned Egyptian actor Omar Sharif expressed his resentment at recent rumors that he converted to Judaism which he described as absolutely groundless.

Omar Sharif did not embrace Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism, as has been recently rumored, said the actor’s official spokesperson Inas Bakr.

“I have been hearing these rumors for a while and I have no idea what their source is, but they are not true and he is not thinking of converting at all,” she told Al Arabiya.

Bakr added that two things are next to impossible when it comes to Sharif’s values: changing his religion and changing his nationality.

“He has always sworn never to think of changing those two and he has never taken back a word he said.”

The French magazine Elle had recently published a report on celebrities who embraced Kabbalah and listed Omar Sharif as one of them together with Madonna, Jim Carrey, and Raquel Welch.

According to the magazine, Sharif met with several Jewish figures and converted to that Jewish school of thought that sees Judaism as “the origin of everything.”

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