The trailer for the movie "Fiddler on the Roof" starring Haim Topol (United Artists)
President Yitzhak Herzog paid tribute to actor Haim Topol who passed away tonight (Thursday) at the age of 87 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.
"From fiddler on the roof to the roof of the world, Haim Topol, who has passed away from us, was one of the most prominent Israeli stage artists, a gifted actor who conquered many stages in Israel and overseas, filled the cinema screens with his presence and, above all, deeply entered our hearts. During the decades of his glorious career, in which Topol represented us with honor Rabbi, he is decorated with many awards for his talent and creation, but the most important award of all was won by us, who laughed and imagined with him in the dozens of characters he played.
"As living testimony to his social involvement and sensitivity is the project he led, Kfar Nahar Jordan, for sick and disabled children and their families.
I had the privilege of getting to know him closely during the establishment of the unique village, and to be exposed to his work even outside the spotlight.
Topol was one of the giants of Israeli culture and he will be greatly missed.
Condolences to his dear family and all his loved ones."
Haim Topol (Photo: Reuven Castro)
The leader of the opposition and former Prime Minister Yair Lapid also paid tribute to him: "Haim Topol, winner of the Israel Prize, a man of spirit and culture. Tovia Mechner on the Roof and the legendary Saleh Shabti, who taught us love of culture and love of the country, has passed away. His image and smile will continue to accompany Israeli culture, His rich legacy of language and music will forever remain part of the assets of Israeliness."
Minister of Culture and Sports Miki Zohar gave a eulogy: "I was sorry to hear about the passing of Haim Topol, winner of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement, one of the giants of our cultural world. Haim was good at acting, and characters of his age entered the hearts of all of us. Saleh Shabti and Tobiah the Holev, and the life he breathed into the characters - express The chronicles of our people throughout the generations and will forever be engraved in our memories. The late Haim Topol began his glorious career in the Nahal band and he climbed through his extraordinary talent to the top of the list of Israeli artists, who were successful in Israel and overseas. His multifaceted work was an important part of landscape design Israeli culture, and it will remain with us forever."
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Haim Topol (Photo: Maged Gozani)
Chairman of the state camp Benny Gantz eulogized: "Haim Topol, who passed away - part of the Iron Sheep properties in cinema and theater, but his greatness was in his ability to connect to the roots of Israel's Israeliness.
Together we laughed and cried at the same time over the deepest wounds of Israeli society.
In the reasons for receiving the Israel Prize, it is written that 'the materials of his creation are this people in this land', and I add - that the materials of his creation were part of the design of our lives here."