Traumatic bar mitzvah tale a winner at fest

Shachar Lavi, a 28-year-old music producer from Tel Aviv, won first prize at the Grant’s True Tales 24 Hour Storytelling Marathon hosted by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

The contest, hosted by Grant’s whisky, pitted dozens of storytellers from around the world against each other.

For 15 minutes, Lavi captivated the audience as he recalled his traumatic bar mitzvah, when as part of the ceremony he saw a lamb he used to play with as a child slaughtered by his grandfather, in his honor. His grandfather is a licensed shochet (ritual slaughterer).

As a result of what he witnessed, Lavi said, he made “my first adult decision” and became a vegetarian. —