The world’s oldest man is 113 years old and he just celebrated his bar mitzvah. He waited 100 years to do it.
Yisrael Kristal, who celebrated in southern Israel, where he is from, read the Torah and danced with his two surviving children, nine grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren,” reports The New York Times.
“My father is a religious man, and it was his dream his whole life to have a bar mitzvah,” his daughter Shulamith Kristal Kuperstoch said from Israel. “It was a miracle after everything that he has been through in his life. What else can you call it?”
Yisrael was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust, and in 1945, when he was freed, he weighed just 82 pounds.
He never got to have a bar mitzvah because on his 13th birthday, World War I was going on, with his father serving in the Russian Army. His mom has passed away when he was 10.
Living in Poland in 1939, Germany invaded and he was sent to Auschwitz, where his wife was killed.
He later remarried and in 1950 he moved to Israel with his second wife and their son.
According to Guinness World Records, he is the oldest man alive. His secret? He eats pickled herring every day and loves beer and wine.
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