EXCLUSIVE: Lipa Schmeltzer Cancels ANOTHER Concert!

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london lipa.jpg(Click on image to ENLARGE it) In an exclusive interview with YWN, Lipa Schmeltzer has informed us that he will not be singing at a concert scheduled for April 1 in London.

Please click HERE hear a YWN exclusive sound-clip of Lipa explaining why – and for further details regarding this show.


59 COMMENTS

  1. LIPA I’M YOUR BIGGEST FAN!! PLEASE MAKE A FREE CONCERT FOR THE WHOLE KLAL YISROEL OUTDOORS IN BROOKLYN ON PURIM!!! WE WILL CLOSE THE STRRETS AND ALL THE RABBONIM WILL COME AND DANCE WITH YOU!!

  2. lipa i did not have a chance to write my comment on the other concert but lipa i wana tell you somthing i hope you will read this i work in a store in bp and soone put on the clip from the other concert and a custemer said i give lipa a lot of credit lipa i am one of the mekimi members i know i saw first hand waht you are all about a golden neshomele you are amazing person and always making happy other pepole hasham should repay you you stood upfor hashem and he should repay you and youre family and frainds
    abe melabt!!!!

  3. Lipa has given me tremedous chizuk. He has shown me that every yid within him, has the power to scale such great heights and to make a tremendous kiddush hashem. I could only imagine what inner strenghth it took to cancel two concerts.
    One thing I ask, is that Lipa should continue being masameach klal yisroel in other ways, now that concerts are out. DVD’s, tapes and the such should be forthcoming. I hope he always retains his great humor and spirits that bring a smile to everyone’s face, (and doesnt become serious and dry!!!) Thank you!

  4. No wonder, he cancels one concert, he gets 300 posts praising him, another will probably lead to 500. You know what? From now on, I am cancelling ALL OF MY concerts. ALL OF THEM. Not one will remain. Praise may handed out in the posts to follow

  5. A true golden neshama! I know of a bocher who was loh aleinu terribly sick and bedridden literally “awaiting the day” who Lipa used to go out of his way to be m’sameach and once came over to visit this boy at his home in Williamsburg however by the time he arrived after singing at a wedding he realized that all the lights were out for the night so he took a scrap of paper and scribbled a little note to the boy saying how he was so sorry he couldn’t visit him this evening etc… When I went to be menachem ovel this boy’s family his father showed us this little note that the bochur had hung up on the wall!!! WHAT A ZECHUS! LIPA! May you continue to be m’sameach klal yisroel until 120 and be zoche to health happiness and much nachas!!!

  6. Wow! I was impressed before, but now even more so. No one can blame widespread criticizing and Kol Koreis for forcing Lipa out of this one (who knew it was going on besides in England anyway?). That’s called listening to Gedolim!

  7. Kol Hakovod R’ LIPA may hashem grant you more kochos and strengh to withstand your and your familys nision that your going thru.
    A KIDDUSH HASHEM

  8. i dont get it!
    why is HASC and OHEL concerts mutter??(btw – mixed seating)
    also what about the miami boys and yeshiva boys and everything else??
    someone pls explain. thanks!!

  9. Lipa I gotta tell you you’re a one of a kind, I’m jealous of you, you’re a tremendous chizuk for klal yisroel, the tears of simcha of all those ill children you’re m’chazek & m’sameach will definitely bring the Geulah.

    Lipa you’re AMAZING!

    Jay B

  10. The problem is not mixed seating or singing in front of mixed crowds. The problem is the style of music and the concert itself. Thus, something like HASC and Ohel, both of which are upscale events are ok. But big, party-style (“goyishe style”) concerts, and “Jewish” music that imitates that style will not get a stamp of approval.

    A lot of these singers/entertainers are extremely talented. But, with that talent comes the responsibility to utilize it correctly. Putting yidish or hebrew lyrics to otherwise goyishe tunes does not make kasher the lyrics or the music itself. That, IMHO, is the main issue.

    Lipa is simply the most “out there” and well publicized of the singers, but by no means the only one, who has had his concerts banned. He is to be commended for abiding by it and canceling the concert.

  11. I hope it ends up as a positive experience for him. He is a great singer. Let him use his singing to the maximum, and leave out the “entertainer” part. This will put him back in to the category of erliche singers. yasher koach Lipa.

  12. NeveAliza, while music is obviously not a part of your kesher to HKB”H it certainly is for many and you are wrong to deride it. Of course our focus should always be on the words of our Gedolim, the sweet chiddushim of torah.Yet nullifying and calling Singing and music Avodah Zarah is true extremism -and downright dangerous, for our youth and our communtites in general.Truly Kosher music is a tremendous Kiddush Hashem and tool for Deveikus and Avodas Hashem.I would wonder what the avodah in the Beis Hamikdash would have been with out the sweet singing of the Leviim on its steps which uplifted all who heard it…

  13. Mr. Schmeltzer is following his Rabbanim who issued this psak, and should be blessed for that.The psak does not necessarily hold for other singers who have other Rabbanim.
    A lot of Jewish songs for years have used goyishe tunes-some of Mordechai Ben David’s popular songs are from Russian goyishe tunes.

  14. lipa kol hakovod

    may be the ones that aranged the orignal kol koreh against lipa can now go and get a kol koreh with all the same rabonim signtures backing lipa up and giving lipa chizuk by being mevatel himself to devrei chachamim

    lipa credit is all yours

    may you have much sy”d

  15. No one is thinking about all of the at-risk teenagers that look to Lipa’s music as chizuk. Take it away and what are you left with? Some black rap stars or women singers. These kids will unfortunately gravitate to these types of singers. Pretty soon they will also prohibit Shlomo Carlebach’s music. Then the teenagers will go off to the movies.

  16. Lawman,
    LIPA sang on video by HASC – he sang ‘goyishe’ abi meleipt, and did a parody of the goyishe theme songs from six flags and more. are u saying that HASC & OHEL being ‘upscale’ makes that kosher??!! i see a double standard here!! pls explain. thanks!

  17. In case anyone is looking to waste their money, and get entertained… why not attend tonight’s fundraiser in David Lichtensteins home in Monsey for HILLARY, at only $2,300 per person (Please make checks payable to “Hillary Clinton for President”) where you can chap a schmooze with Bill – maybe even make a L’chayim with him! – oh if you see him – send him regards from LIPA (even though there were no kol korehs against it, he couldn’t make it, it was a mixed event)

  18. BURECH HASHEM!!!!!!

    WE CAN ALL BE PROUD THAT JUST LIKE THEN IN THE TIME OF MORDCHE AND ESTER “BAYOMIM HO’HAIM” IS “BIZMAN HA’ZEH” THIS WAS A BIG NISOYON FOR SOME YIDEN. NOW A BIG KITRUG WILL BE REMOVED FROM KLAL YISROEL AND JUST LIKE THEN KLAL YISROEL WAS SAVED. WE SHOULD HAVE THIS AS A ZECHUS FOR THE GE’ULAH SHLIEMO BEKUROV U’MAIN.

  19. i think the reason the rabonim didnt asur all concerts until now is because they did it to get lipa and lipa only! ill bring u a rayah-the kol koreh which came out LAST wednesday said that they r praising 1 singer who backed out but the other singer(it said lipa) did not back out
    THIS IS NOT TRUE BEC ON NACHUM SEGAL THAT THURSDAY NIGHT(AFTER THE KOL KOREH CAME OUT!) GERTNER WAS TALKING ABOUT THE UPCOMING CONCERT AND SAID NOTHING ABOUT BACKING OUT!!!!! ALSO YWN SAID THAT GERTNER FIRST BACKED OUT MONDAY NIGHT!!! anyways im ur biggest fan lipa and i guess i have 2 say u did the right thing – may u continue 2 b mesameach many more yidden

  20. The problem is not mixed seating or singing in front of mixed crowds. The problem is the style of music and the concert itself. Thus, something like HASC and Ohel, both of which are upscale events are ok. But big, party-style (”goyishe style”) concerts, and “Jewish” music that imitates that style will not get a stamp of approval.

    Are you somebody envolved with hasc, or ohel. having Matisyahu, or oif simchios, at the concert is a upscale event?Do you mean there is money there and they are afraid to start with money, when you can trample alot easer on one guy by the name of lipa. lets get real, I would hope hasc, and ohel, gets the same treatment that lipa got, period same torah same concert.

  21. Lipa Schmeltzer is raising the bar for all of us in what it means to listen to the daas torah of gedolei yisroel, whatever the price to pay is.
    He should be congratulated, and we should all learn from him how to follow the gedolim without hesitation.

    Some responses to the responses:

    To #21 myopinion: There is no such thing as “other Rabbonim”. We have only 1 Torah & only 1 Daas Torah. When one sees a Kol Koreh from every single one of the legitimate gedolei hatorah, one should not have any doubts. Torah is not like, say, the medical profession, where one may always seek a second opinion. No. In Torah it is not that way. “Veosiso al pi hadovor asher yagidu lecho yamin usmol”.

    To # 24 chaim dov: We should ask rabbonim what is done in the case when r”l 1 kid in a household is “off the derech”? How much do we “bend the rules” to accomodate “at risk”, while that may be putting all the other kids at risk of ch”v dropping down in THEIR yiddishkeit? In the same vein, do we have to give an open ticket for all kinds of abominational music, which puts ALL “normal” kids at risk of losing their good standing, just because the few “at risks” may gain from it?
    As for Carlbach – as long as he was alive his music was absolutely taboo in the yeshiva world. But, as the saying goes, “achrei mos, kedoshim emor”. So now his music is widely sung and accepted almost everywhere. I think Belz, Sekulen, or even Schwekey are always better choices than someone whose behavior was questionable at best.

    To #25 08701: Why are you living in the past? “Im hayah baal teshuvah al yomar lo zechor maasecha harishonim”! As for HASC/OHEL – why not wait for the gedolei hatorah call ALL the shots? Why not give Lipa the benefit of the doubt, in a time when he took such an enormous sacrifice? What sacrifices have you made in YOUR life for the ribono shel olom?

    To # 26 “critic”: Och un vey on someone like you. Instead of giving chizuk for doing the right thing you call him a rosho! SHAME ON YOU!!!

    To # 27: Also a very shameful, “yeshivishe shtech” kind of comment. What’s the point of bringing in D. Licht. here? And then throwing in the cynical one-liner on Lipa, at a time when all he should be getting is praise? Since you brought up David Lichtenstein (and Lipa in one breath), the lesson here is this: sometimes the “bad kid in the class” is the one who winds up making the greatest kiddush hashem. I’m no fan of Hillary, and I do wonder why my old chaver, Dovid, is doing all this. But I keep my mouth shut, because i feel very humble to talk about someone like D.L. who does MOIREDIGE acts of chesed/askonus, very often when MORE THAN MONEY IS INVOLVED! He also happens to be A GREAT TALMID CHOCHOM! His list of chavruses is pretty impressive: R. Osher Ariali shlita, his brother R. Shmuel shlita, R. Yitzchok Helman shlita, R. Osher David shlita, R.Y. Yesivas Emek Halacha, etc., among other giants. Believe me, even today he could measure up very well in learning against the likes of you!

    Hey! Did you ever hear of “betzedek tishpot amisecha”, the mitzva of being “dan l’chaf z’chus”? Why don”t you go back to cheder and learn the basics of what it is to be a yid?

    You know – when we’ll come up to b”d shel maaloh we’ll have some big surprises. We’ll see the emes, how many people who looked like “shvitzers”, “modern outcasts” down here, will receive the highest rewards, because their REAL intentions were only l’shaim shomayim. And all they got in this world were heaps of venom, hatred and scorn.
    SEE YOU THEN!

  22. First, I agree that Lipa did the right thing. 100%.
    Having said that…
    I fail to grasp why people accuse Lipa of doing the wrong thing until now!
    People are sounding off as if Lipa is now a baal tshuveh, he was bad – now he is good. Well, you don’t know Lipa! (I do.)
    Lipa’s motives were always leshem shumayim! He wanted to reach out to neshomolech, and he did. (Look at the nachal chareidi clip, for example.) His heilige neshomo connects yidden, and I cry for the ones that will now turn elsewhere.

    BUT! How deep should someone go to lift others? Not everyone can do what Reb Shloime Carlebach zt”l did. (He basically didn’t mind jumping into gehenom to be mekarev a yid. But that’s another story.)
    So, the heilige rabonim drew the line for Lipa. Obviously the das torah is that Lipa might of unwillingly brought others down. So now, with the glitz of Madison SG, becoming “kosher” for many people [teens] that were never in Manhattan(!), let alone MSG, the rabonim said “enough!”.

    Dear Lipa! You did the right thing: THEN; & NOW! Please, pretty please, figure out a way to still reach out.
    The shcinah hakdoishe vill zalst vater ungein mit dan heilige arbet!
    Do not just sit back now, sing at chasenes, make a couple of bucks, and say “אני את נפשי הצלתי”. NO!
    Of course sing at all simches, but don’t forget so many yidden that appreciate your music, talent, voice, and neshume.
    Who sais the rabonim will asser all concerts? Any concert that is muter, be there! The main thing is that you NOT relax, but seek out neshomos to be mekarev with a ruach chaim!

    A true friend.

    PS. Another thing I don’t understand (as brought up by others) is: what about the Das Torah on the Internet?
    A-ha, so that you can explain it away, so please judge all singers still singing (and who were singing) likewise.
    Thank you YW for letting us voice our opinions.
    And…
    ——–> Where will you be March 9th!

  23. DEAR LIPA:

    Please don’t pay attention to those nasty negitive posts, as you see it’s “butul Berov”.

    Lipa!! don’t be concerned about your future, you will have plenty of outlets to exercise your talents and be “mesameiach” yidden.

    It says that the main thing that will bring the “geulah” is trust in tzadikim. You realy showed great trust in tzadikim.

    WHO KNOWS, MAYBE IN THE MERIT OF “EMUNOS TZADIKEM” REB LIPA WILL LEAD THE SONGS AT THE BIG EVENT WITH MESHEIACH TZIDKANU??!!!

  24. So where’s e/o going to be March 9th ??? I think that it should be made into some Toeles type of big event-like maybe a big day for e/o to seriously work on shidduchim ? or any other suggestions ? Lets re-create “The Big Event” to s/t meaningful what do u guys all think ?

  25. Question: why is there a difference between modern music utilizing music composed by non-Jews and music from previous generations that used music that came from Russian or German folk songs, marches, etc? L’Maaseh, at the end of the day, there are few, if any, niggunim that date back in the mesorah to the Beis HaMikdosh. Most “Jewish” music is heavily influenced by the period in which it was composed. How many Chassidishe niggunim are either completely or partially inspired (or borrowed) from the style of music of the period? For sure, we must guard against the Yetzer HaRoh. But we must also be Emesdik when we do so.

    Kol HaKavod to Lipa for following his poskim. However, let us not pretend that Moshe Rabbeinu himself dressed in Chassidishe malbush and sang niggunim that sounded like Modzitzer niggunim.

  26. To # 35

    chaim dov: We should ask rabbonim what is done in the case when r”l 1 kid in a household is “off the derech”? How much do we “bend the rules” to accomodate “at risk”, while that may be putting all the other kids at risk of ch”v dropping down in THEIR yiddishkeit? In the same vein, do we have to give an open ticket for all kinds of abominational music, which puts ALL “normal” kids at risk of losing their good standing, just because the few “at risks” may gain from it?

    chaim dov is totally right and I dont know where u are coming from and what world u live in but people especially kids and teens need an outlet. if kosher outlets are not provided then people will go elsewhere ..
    and besides since when is concerts bending rules ../ kids at risk whatever u wrote there?
    if its separate seating it is totally kosher ..
    I personally love concerts and that’s what I do for entertainment, other people enjoy going to amusement parks.. should we ban that to .. its mixed…

  27. to #28- doom777
    i read your first comment and wasn’t going to say anything but when i saw your second one (#28) it really got my goat!! what is your problem?? if someone thinks that this music is helping at risk-teens then who are YOU to stop them and what do you have againnst carlbach??!! to much of a nice guy with good solid music??!! which is mind you, all original and not adapted from the goyim like everything else!
    and as for lipa i think that he should just do what ever his rabbonim tell him to do. and if they think that the proper thing to do was to cancel the concert then fine!! i just hope that people who bought tickets get a full refund!! and next time lipa should just try to cancel a little earlier to give everyone a heads up!!

  28. מצוה גוררת מצוה, מיט די פינק פייער האט איהר אנגעצונדען א פלאם פייער, און די אידעשקייט ברענט אין אייך, כל הכבוד! חזק ואמץ!

  29. Did anybody take into consideration of giving a huge thanx for Shloimy Gertner he was the first one out the first kol kore in the hamodia was posted already that he backed out he saw the Rabonim were against it he said imediately that this is over he’s not in let’s all give some appreciation for the golden iron man Shloimy Gertner

  30. REGARDING THE LAST LIPA ITEM AND THAT THE RABBONIM WERE RAISING MONEY FOR THE LOSSES I BELEIVE THAT BEFORE ANY MONEY IS COLLECTED FOR SINGERS WHO CAN MAKE IT BACK IN TWO MONTHES TOPS LETS START A FUND FOR ALL THE RABBEIM WHO DONT KNOW WHERE THE MONEY FOR SHABBOS IS COMING FROM AND ARE BEING CHOKED DAY AFTER DAY BY RENT/MORGAGE, CHINUCH, BILLS ETC…
    ITS TIME FOR SERIOUS THOUGHT AS TO SUPORTING THOSE WHO OUR FUTURE IS IN THIER HANDS!!!!!

  31. daastorahwtchdg

    re: comment #35

    1. Check on daas torah, the whole thing of ‘al yamin shehu smol’ is about chazal, fm the times of the gmora, not to take away fm our g’dolim of today, ch’vsh, but it is many generations since….

    2. Why haven’t the gdolim said anything not only about the HASC concerts, etc. What about the concerts for the past 20 yrs??? 3. Why was the ‘big event’ only recently the target of the kol korei? It has been advertised for quite a few weeks, if not two months.

    4. The whole bit about kids at risk is a wash in any case. These kids are already going to all sorts of other concerts already, so where’s the problem relating to the ‘on the derech’ kids? They follow daas torah & don’t know about the goyish source of these songs…

    5.Also read the book “Off the Derech”, in the first few chapters, it clarifies that just because there are options/opportunities to do wrong, it doesn’t mean that the choice is already made. There will always be options to sin, even the brothers of Yosef caused what we read about every Yom Kippur & Tisha B’av – assara harugei malchus was because of mechiras Yosef…. There is a big difference between having a choice & actually making the decision to do wrong. It has a lot to do w/personal responsibility – see commentaries on “Nefesh ki techesa” it is both the guf & the neshama that are responsible for their choices.

    If we depend solely on blind conformity, we preclude the idea of responsibility, b/c there is no choice like lipa made! Rabbi Pliskin in his book, Gateway to Happiness, in the chapter on Approval, he clearly cites a gadol among baalei mussar fm a previous generation, saying that if we do mitzvos for the sake of approval of others, then we lose the s’char for the mitzvas done in this fashion… Check it out. I’m not inventing anything.

    Finally, don’t the g’dolim have more important things to worry about, like enforcing the issur on lavish weddings? or doing something for the shidduch crisis beyond having parlor meetings, how’s about enforcing proper methods of shadchanus, stressing compatibility & personality type, rather than depending on which seminary the girl went to & which yeshiva the boy went to? Isn’t this much more important? Shidduchim is considered d’varim haOmdim b’rumo shel Olam…

    Also, stressing what source is behind music seems a little less important than ? I’ve seen Mir yeshiva boys dancing at a wedding in a way that looks more like rappers that one encounters in the streets, & this was fm among the “better” group of boys….

    How’s about kiruv k’rovim earlier on in chinuch, on a spiritual/ emotional level that will preclude
    frum kids fm making the wrong choice, rather than trying to prevent all distractions. After all, ayn tzaddik baaaretz asher yaaseh tov, v’lo yehcheteh. Let’s ensure that kids won’t be as likely to make the wrong choice, generically, than trying to make g’zeiros on each specific thing that could lead to sin- the yetzer hara has too much experience & the torah tells us that human nature is to be imperfect, again, ayn tzaddik baaretz asher yaaseh tov v’lo yecheteh….

    Isn’t it more important to have people of professional calibre, who must conform to guidelines about what criterion to use in making a shidduch, rather than the mass amounts of narishkeit that is going on in today’s community??? i.e. what kind / color tablecloth is used, or if a shopping cart is used by the balabusta, or delivery, or her car? Stress is put on yichus, when all too often we see that the mishna in Pirkei Avos is more significant – Al tistakel b’kankan, ela ma sheyesh bo bifnim……

    Can there be any question why moshiach hasn’t come?

  32. kol hakavod to Lipa
    Why the papers that poesd the kol koreh against the concert doent pose a brache to lipa and gerntner for steping out they did a wiled move why should not the papers give them the least what they diserve

  33. What I can’t understand is why agree to appear at a concert in New York and another in London and involve the organisers in great expenses, and then pull out. After all the psak of the Gedolim, if we are to believe, has been around for some time and concerts in Eretz Yisroel have been cancelled in the past. Conversely, if it is correct that there is such a psak, why are people still organising concerts in contravention of the psak? Or is it possible that some Rabbonim are giving one psak and others are keeping quiet and giving the impression that there is no problem? Finally how about the double standards of YWN which is advertising another concert right under these messages – at least it was when I logged in?

  34. There are 3 Jewish soldiers in captivity for nearly 2 years, a present day Haman expresses his expectation of destroying Eretz Yisroel, an 8 year old boy in Sderot lost his leg to a Kassam rocket attack. Yet, this clown has evoked more emotion from people than any of these truly critical events happening before our eyes that, at least, should give us moment to pause and contemplate.

    Start re-thinking your priorities. When was the last time you were mispallel for the safety of EY, the soldiers in captivity or for the boy who lost his leg? People sound more sorry for this clown than for the true distressful events befalling Klal Yisroel at this time.

  35. I’m a mirrer avreich that would like to tell you of some personal stuff. I was in the hospital many times with lipa watching him single handedly pulling Yiddisher Neshomas out of their misery. I know of weddings he did not accept because there was going to be a get together for sick kids that night where he would be able to be misameach giving up on $2500 at the time. I’ve seen him shlep in from all different areas to come to the Bein Ish house on 12th avenue because some patient was going back to Israel etc. Lipa is someone who only wants to do good. He’s the first to call other singers and compliment them on their new productions and doesn’t wait for them to give him a free copy, He goes out and buys it. lipa spends every thirsday night (no matter how late he finnishes a Mitzva Tanz) giving out food in the hospitals then travels home. I can go on and on and blow your minds with the things he does, but I know if lipa was here with me while i was typing this post he probably would’ve unplugged my computer so I would’nt be able to type. Lipa keep strong you’re a good man and keep up your good work. Mekimi Meofor Dol

  36. “Finally how about the double standards of YWN which is advertising another concert right under these messages – at least it was when I logged in?”
    ————–
    I had the same question! Can YWN please answer this question?

    Editor’s Response: Since when were all concerts banned? Perhaps you should READ the Kol Koreh. It speaks about the MADISON SQUARE GARDEN CONCERT.

    Where is the “double standards”??

  37. Sane,

    Refraining from Ona’as Devorim, particularly directed at identified individuals, may be helpful in alleviating some of the difficulties you mention.

  38. To Sarah:

    When such nonsense provokes such massive repsonse, then, yes, a spade must be called a spade, and people should be awoken to come to their senses. The Gedolim have condemned this individual’s conduct. The incredible flattery showered upon an individual whose conduct the Rabboninm have sharply condemned and rebuked – does require a severe retort.

  39. To Sarah:

    It’s not loshon hara since basically thouands of people know it and in fact there is a Kol Koreh publicizing it. If the Gedolim said don’t go to this guy’s concert, it is because they are displeased, to say the least, with his conduct.

  40. RE: 47

    It sound like you have turned your back on Lipa, et al. already. They are Jews who just lost an incredible amount of money for backing out of a concert. I understand it’s like several hundreds of thousand dollars they would have to net. You must think that comes so incredibly easy. I’m these people have families to feed. And, I’m sure the money that they owe is not just going to be collected years from now.

    Do you live in reality?

    I think what is obviously problematic that has been stated a number of times. This concert has been promoted for months. If there’s a problem, then it should be addressed from the very beginning not after the fact. And, two – the fact that these Rabbis are not actually discussing and researching in full is a major problem. You can’t expect trust and credibility if proclamations are made blind. It shows a true lack of care. It’s like closing your eyes and yelling kosher or treif when you can’t even see what’s before you. That’s clearly what ignormaouses do. And chas v’shalom we deserve so much more than have certain individuals who have an axe to grind manipulate our beloved leaders.

    This sounds not like Judaism but early American Colonial Puritanism. Are we headed to become Shakers?

    When will this craziness stop!

  41. I never liked watching Lipa. The first time I saw him I was appaled, shocked, to see a so called Chassidishe young man shaking and …… all over the stage. It was so unrefined and a mockery to chassidim, (I am not chassidish) His whole manner was undignified with his payos flying all over the place. However, before the rabbonin got involved was Lipa ever asked to tone things down and to behave more appropriately.

  42. After reading about the concert and the $ involved I wonder about these Tzedaka concerts. I read that $500,000 was sold in tickets, Lipa was getting $100,000 and the producers were gettting most of the remainder of the $. After paying for advertising, renting the theater, the accompanying band etc. how much did the charity really expect to get. I’d like to see the figures for these “charity concerts”, the charity seems to be the producer and performers.