Israel – Rav Yeshayahu Herzl, Chief Rabbi of Natzerat Illit, said Thursday that a flyer signed by Chabad rabbis against mixed-audience music performances was not directed against an upcoming show in Afula, located at the northwest corner of the Jezreel Valley, by singer Avraham Fried.Join our WhatsApp group
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“The headline that said that we forbid participation in Fried’s show is incorrect. There is nothing personal here, we were not talking about a specific personality.”
Rav Herzl explained that the rabbi’s flyer was directed to the G-d fearing public and not to the singers themselves. “We as rabbis think that the God fearing public does not have a heter [rabbinical permission] to participate in shows that do not have separation [between men and women]. We assume that the singers who are themselves hareidi asked their rabbis if they should perform. But we have a duty to warn our people in order to avoid mishaps.