[ Glen Campbell and his wife Kimberley]
Country music legend Glen Campbell, famous for his 1975 hit “Rhinestone Cowboy,” died Tuesday, August 8, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Campbell hailed from humble beginnings, growing up Baptist in rural Arkansas.
According to a 2008 article published in Reuters, Campbell and his wife Kim were practicing Messianic Jews. Although not considered part of the Jewish religion, Messianic Judaism incorporates Jewish elements into an overall evangelical Christian theology.
Campbell and his wife celebrated Jewish holidays such as Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah, but they also celebrated non-Jewish holidays such as Christmas.
His wife, apparently, cooked a mean brisket (although, the article mentions her matzo balls needed some work). Inside his Malibu home, he kept a menrah on his mantle and a Hebrew book on his coffee table.
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