NEW YORK (VINnews) — Charedi Singer Lipa Schmeltzer has suffered cancellations from several communities in the US which did not approve of his entertaining the IDF soldiers deployed near Gaza.Join our WhatsApp group
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In a viral clip released last week, Schmeltzer can be seen dancing for the troops in his inimicable manner, and the soldiers responding and dancing with him. Yet apparently for some communities who distance themselves from Israel and from Zionist ideology, this was too much to swallow and they decided to cancel their contracts with the popular singer.
American ultra-Orthodox singer and entertainer, Lipa Schmeltzer, showing IDF combat soldiers how to do it Schmeltzer style 😂❤️🇮🇱 pic.twitter.com/jYR3jeYepV
— Documenting Israel (@DocumentIsrael) November 20, 2023
One of the events was due to take place last Thursday in the Satmar community in New York. In an attempt to mollify his critics, Schmeltzer went to the tomb of Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum, the Satmar Rebbe, and said that “The Jews in Eretz Yisrael have suffered greatly recently, I know that there are different opinions in Judaism, but I have my mission, I went to Eretz Yisrael to make Jews happy, I saw people without hands, without feet from the war, my mission is to make people’s hearts rejoice.
“Yesterday I was supposed to sing at an event and it was cancelled because I made Jews happy in Eretz Yisrael. I will continue to cheer brokenhearted Jews and to bring them closer. If this is my sacrifice that I lose Parnasah from it, when I come upstairs I will see that it is only a profit and not a real loss.”