A seemingly Kosher event with music and Divrei Torah scheduled for Tuesday night in WIlliamsburg has been banned at the last minute.
The event was titled “Shirim, V’shiyurim”, and had a lineup of Chassidish singers, top of the line music, the Shira Chior, as well as Divrei Torah by the world renowned Chassidish speaker, HaRav Avrohom Mordechai Malach. The event was for men only, and was being held at the Imperial Hall.
On Tuesday afternoon, just hours before the event, a letter signed by three Rabbonim from the Satmar Williamsburg Kehilla, signed a letter forbidding anyone from going.
The event was scheduled for 7:15PM, and as of 7:00PM hundreds were purchasing the remaining tickets and the rehearsal had already finished. There were no plans to cave to the demands of the Rabbonim and cancel the event.
Many took to social media slamming those behind the ban, questioning their reasoning to allow a totally Kosher event to be stopped. Dozens of voice notes and angry messages flooded WhatsApp from Williamsburg residents who instead of going on a trip today had purchased tickets for their families to enjoy a night of Chol Hamoed.
One of the organizers told YWN “we are simply stunned how an event arranged by Chassidish people, with Chassidish singers, Chassidish speaker and Divrei Torah – only for men – would be banned, and why these Rabbonim decided to make their ban just hours before the event, despite the fact that this was advertised for week”.
YWN has also confirmed that not one of the three Rabbonim that signed this paper reached out to the organizer.
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)