Drake Celebrates Rosh Hashanah With OVO Family

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Festivities for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, are well underway and Drake is giving fans a peek into his celebrations. One of the most notable Jewish rappers in recent time, Drake enjoyed a Rosh Hashanah dinner with his OVO friends Ryan Silverstein and DJ, Future The Prince yesterday. Ryan shared a candid photo on his Instagram of the three buds noshing with the caption “Jew Year.”

Earlier today, Drake also retweeted actress Kat Dennings who shared the thought, “Let your Jewishness flag fly on these holy days, y’all#RoshHashanah”

Drake has publicly embraced his religion since the inception of his career and even interspersed his faith into his artistry. The music video for “HYFR,” which shows the rapper being re-bar-mitzvah’d as a recommitment to his faith, has become a fan favorite and snagged a 2012 MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video. “I think it’s just insight into my genuine character. I think that’s what’s most entertaining about it,” Drake told MTV News of what he calls the most talked-about video in his career video back in May. “The fun being had in the video is real fun and insight into my mind, because I thought of this. This is a Drake moment, a lot like the talking [I do] onstage, because that’s really me.”

On the video’s set, Drake shared “I’m proud, a proud young Jewish boy. When I had a Bar Mitzvah back in the day, my mom really didn’t have that much money. We kinda just did it in the basement of an Italian restaurant, which I guess is kinda like a faux pas. I told myself that if I ever got rich, I’d throw myself a re-Bar Mitzvah. That’s the concept for the video.”