Chasidic Singer Apologizes For Kfar Chabad Appearance With Israeli PM

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BEIT SHEMESH (VINnews) — During Yud Tes Kislev celebrations in Kfar Chabad, the Malchus band performed musical accompaniment, including celebrating singer Yoeli Rabinowitz. When prime minister Netanyahu arrived, Rabinowitz, who is a Satmar Chassid, was forced to be part of the welcoming party, singing Le’Binyamin Amar in honor of the prime minister as well as the song Va’ani Evtach Bach.

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In the wake of his performance, Rabinowitz was severely rebuked by his fellow Satmar Chasidim for participating in the welcoming ceremony.

An anonymous placard signed by “The Charedi Jews” attacked him and the band for honoring the prime minister  and demanded that every person as well as other singers cease cooperating with the Malchus music band as it had given honor to the prime minister “who is at the head of the government which uproots Torah, Judaism and belief from Israel.”

Rabinowitz published a letter of apology for his conduct in his local Beit Shemesh synagogue, where he wrote that “since I transgressed and unwittingly  participated in a singing event in Kfar Chabad with the Malchus band in which the prime minister of the unbelievers participated, and I wished to leave but due to the security there I couldn’t leave and from this ensued a desecration of G-d’s name.

“Since I  transgressed such a serious matter in flattering and honoring evil people and desecrating G-d’s name, I have had not rest, especially as I was educated in the footsteps of our holy rabbi (Rabbi Yoel of Satmar), I state that this was not done by me willingly, but since both wittingly and unwittingly desecration of G-d’s name is forbidden, I pray before G-d and request forgiveness for the transgression, and may he forgive me.”


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Shmeryl
Shmeryl
4 years ago

Kol hakavod for apologizing.

Though I’m sure he could leave if he wanted to. No one at an event like this is surprised by the prime ministers appearance. They must have rehearsed for weeks.

Just sayin’
4 years ago

Hmm….
He could run for public office here in the good ‘Ol USofA, where Apologizing for faux, non existent ,perceived transgressions is the first step toward seeking public office. Just ask Michael Bloomberg
Now, if he could only muster up some actual tears there would be ino stopping him

Dov Ber
Dov Ber
4 years ago

Tipish

Dov Ber
Dov Ber
4 years ago

I hope that that’s the worst and hopefully ONLY sin you ever do in your lifetime. You should be embarrassed to even have written this letter of apology.

Heshy w
Heshy w
4 years ago

No one is saying that the Israeli leadership is holy. Far from it. But in America when chassidshe rebbes and others meet with homosexual politicians why is that ok.

Secular
Secular
4 years ago

Look, it’s moshiach times:

Satmar performing with Chabad for Bibi .

Can’t make this stuff.

Steven Quinones
Steven Quinones
4 years ago

At least he admits his sin and asks for forgiveness.

sam
sam
4 years ago

Nebach Nebach, this is a sin? singing for the leader of the only Jewish state in the world? oy vey. Kol Hakavod to the Satmar Rebbe and im sure he meant well, but c’mon, give me a break.

Berel
Berel
4 years ago

What does Kol hakavod mean? And whenever it means why couldn’t you write it in plain English?

lazy-boy
lazy-boy
4 years ago

shame he has to apologize; no room for understanding individuals as having different opinions and respecting the differences?

Shimmy
Shimmy
4 years ago

It is used in common conversation to mean, “Good for you.” It’s a sufficiently common phrase that the majority of readers know it. It also often carries a sarcastic undertone. But no harm in providing background information on request.

Chinky
Chinky
4 years ago

Berel, if you don’t know what kol hakovod means then there are other sites you can go to where you’ll know all the words the commenters write. Also, what kind of name is “Berel” for someone who doesn’t know what kol hakovod means? Out need a more American name to go with you am haratzeskeit.

Chinky
Chinky
4 years ago

Fish yoach, Netanyahu never said he doesn’t believe in Hashem. In fact, he does and he tries to observe Judaism in many situations. I’m not saying he’s the ultimate Yid, what I’m saying is that you have right right saying he’s an apikoras because he’s not. And Satmar with their rabbonim at the helm, frequently invite politicians who are true apikorsim and machti es harabim who endorse and enable all kinds of sinful behavior with the Satmer block who voted for them. It’s ok for Satmer to express support for these true reshuim, but not for other Jews who wish to express their thanks for another Jew, who does believe in Hashem, who tries to enable Jews to live in peace as much as possible? This is utterly hypocritical.

And don’t tell me Satmer propaganda that before Israel’s independence Jews lived in peace with the Arabs. That is completely untrue. The Arabs always kept on harassing Jews and commiting violence upon them. And do you want Eretz Yisroel to look like Iran, Iraq, Syria and other wartorn Muslim countries look now, thousands of Yidden dead, c”v? It’s disgraceful how Yidden could be such kufi tovim.

ruby
ruby
4 years ago

click bait
there was no rebuke aside from a few ” friends”
no rabbi signed anything although im sure they werent happy about it
nothing responsible was [printed
so this article is just to make a rukus

Lebinyamin-- beautiful ode to Bibi
Lebinyamin-- beautiful ode to Bibi
4 years ago

Fish ,, speak for youself and stop lying. It IS ok to sing LeBinyamin, it’s beautiful. Bibi should be matzliach in all his endeavors.Don’t talk lies about Mizrachi. Finally, Majority of klall yisrael does not follow satmer. We simply don’t care and never did.. And who are you, a mere less than nobody to call Bibi a mumar? This so called singer is a coward. You don’t allow satmer to dictate, ever.

ElAl
ElAl
4 years ago

Fish yoach or whatever you call yoursel today_______<<<
Your rabbi ordered you not to post on blogs and you disobey. So far the only mumar on this thread is you.
Maybe during Chanukah you can stop proselytizing for satmer and show respect for Binyamin Netanyahu the leader of our one and only Jewish State?

No Note
No Note
4 years ago

Shame on this singer for aplogizing. Shame, shame and shame again. Stinks

ElAl
ElAl
4 years ago

Fish:
You are not a religious Zionist but a liar. You’re only fooling your mother. and as pointed out , a mumar who refuses to listen to your rav. There, now I pointed it out. You’re also not the posek HaBlog . If you don’t like the song, don’t sing. We sing. Let G-D judge his circumstances , not a blogging Internet hypocrite. Now, sheked!!

ElAl
ElAl
4 years ago

Besides, what’s a ben Torah like you who knows shulchan aruch bal peh , wasting Chanukah time on the tumadig Internet? Go learn something, and stop sneaking from your rav and family.