Sunday, March 2, 2008

An Interesting Postscript on the Concert Ban

Much of the conversation about the ban of Lipa's concert asked if this meant that all concerts were now being banned, as the wording of the kolrorei seemed to suggest.

Clearly the Young Israel movement is not holding by any ban of concerts in general. Yesterday there arrived an advertisement and order form for tickets for a concert, sent out by our local Young Israel shul, to take place Sunday, March 23, at The Armory, W168th & Broadway, NYC, starring Yaakov Shwekey and Shalsheles and introducing Yaakov Chesed. The concert, sponsored by the National Council of Young Israel, the Jerusalem Reclamation Project and the Israel Solidarity Fund of America, is called "Jerusalem United" and will benefit the victims of terror in Israel and the displaced families of Gush Katif.

If, as some claim, the wording on the original kolkorei was incorrect and was not meant as a ban for all concerts, then this concert should have no problem. If the "chareidi" or most-right wing of the frum world does intend to ban all concerts, then there is already clearly a schism growing between the central MO and the right wing. If the latter, this is truly a worrisome development in Klal. Just what we need--more divisiveness.

3 comments:

Rafi said...

Are you sure about the concert information? Because if it did just go out then the rabbonim who banned the Shmeltzer concert are going to be asked to explain just what was meant in their original ban. If it was only meant for Lipa, then why pick on him? If it was for all concerts then oh boy are the fireworks going to start now.

ProfK said...

Rafi,
I am sitting here looking at the concert advertisement that was just sent out. The information I posted came straight off the printed announcement done by the National Council of Young Israel. It was mailed this past Thursday.

Elitzur said...

ProfK - I asked my local TorahLinks representative (an organization directly under R' M. Solomon who signed the ban) about their upcoming mixed-seating concert featuring the Piamenta's (who have reworked many a non-Jewish song). Of course it's still on. The issue isn't MO vs. UO. The issue is we only want certain organizations to make money...