Jerusalem – R’ Elyashiv Refuses to Sign Israeli Ban On Chasidic Music

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    Jerusalem – In the ongoing battle that plagues the Chasidic Music industry in Israel, Israeli news source B’chadrei Charedim reports that R’ Amnon Yitzchak went to the home of R’ Elyashiv tonight, in an attempt to get him to sign on a Kol Korey that would not only ban concerts that were not “up to the standard of purity and holiness”, but would also forbid people to buy albums produced by singers who did not live up to R’ Yitzchak’s standards.

    R’ Elyashiv reportedly listened carefully to R’ Yitzchak’s request, but refused to sign his name to the Kol Korey. Sources close to R’ Elyashiv indicate that the Rov felt that there are more pressing issues facing Jews today and this particular issue was not one that R’ Elyashiv had any interest in taking on at this point in time.

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    43 COMMENTS

      • Rav Amnon Yitzchok is a great man don’t belittle him. However he is making a big mistake trying to ban music when we have much bigger problems. I don’t understand his hang up with music.

      • response to # 4.. R Elyashiv has made many chumrahdika rulings that pretty much stifle any bit of life and happiness that his followers have left…their only happiness that they now posses is the ability to look down on other Jews who aren’t as machmir as they are…the thought of being better then other yidden brings them to their joy…how pathetic..

    1. Simply saying “NO” to the ‘kol koreh’ is a good start. The real question is why Elyashiv and none of the other gadolim who were approached by this lunatic would not speak out publicly and clearly against this growing abomination of imposing extreme prohibitions that seek to squeeze out every last little bit of joy and entertainment for frumm yidden. Yitzchak is a greater threat to yiddeshkeit than gay pride parades or w parking lot that stays open on shabbos.

      • Who are you Mr anonymous that you dare call the Gadol Hador by his last name? Just for the fact that he is likely old enough to be your great grandfather even without his great Torah knowledge and Tzidkus, you should call him Harav!!!
        Tremendous Chutzpah.

    2. To No. 5

      I hope your are wrong or misinfomred. If Rav Elyashiv even “considers” this insane proposal, he will lose much of his moral authority as a gadol and posek.

    3. To # 8 Whilst I don’t agree with Reb Amnon Yitzchock on this, at all I do respect his powerful following and accomplishments in the kiruv baal tshuvah movement. That’s his claim to fame. Besides your vile mouth (or pen) what’s your claim to fame, moron.

    4. Charedim should set up a system like U.S. Supreme Court with diverse judges. 9 or 11 “gadolim” of different views from “liberal” to much more “conservative” (radicals like this Ammon Yitzchak) and then decide the fate for hundreds of thousands that follow social decrees from other men. If majority bans music then followers will have to hum their own tunes. How can people’s lives be in hands of 1 or 2 gadol who is a century years old and can not relate to today’s social challenges and generational changes no matter how genius and learned they are.

    5. im shocked that out of all things he is making a fuss about todays music when there are a lot of more pressing issues he should bring to r elyashiv. im glad and surprised that r elyashiv didnt sign he is usualy one that is machmir.

    6. While not there or privy to inside information, I seem to read that Rav Elyashiv did not reject the idea about some so-called “chassidic music” being abominable. He simply chose to limit the process of Kol Koreys and banning things to issues that are of greater importance. On the music issue, I agree completely with the rape of Jewish music that has affected so much of what is mislabeled “chassidic music”. I am thoroughly nauseated by Yiddish rap, and there are many singers today whose chassidishe garb cannot convince me to go easy on them, since what they sing is sickening to me. My feelings on this are stronger than I have expressed in words. But I agree that the issue does not warrant Kol Koreys or banning, and doing this would cheapen the signatures of gedolim.

    7. unfortunately it seems the current generation of gedolim dont have a mind of their own and can be manipulated. it would be intersting to know if rav moshe would ban the music.

    8. Yitzchak is obcessed with music as the tool of the satan to lure away frum yidden from the derech. He considers almost any sort of music outside of davening or singing zmirot at the rebbe’s tisch as a form of avodah zorah akin to the partying moshe rabenu experienced when he came down and discovered the egel ha’zahov.

    9. and who will check the new checkers and then will we need someone to watch them as well what ever happened to self control if you dont like or approve of something dont listen to it and explain why then it is our right to listen or ignor it the rav was right to say there are more pressing issues confronting us like child abuse children being turned off by our yeshivas and a lack of real emunah in our people how about alcholism previlant in our shuls during kiddushim music bothers him stop ignoring the real issues and help solve them first

    10. So let me understand this:

      If a person is not 100% pure and holy, if he has yahrzeit and is the chazan before the amud, he would have to speak davening instead of singing parts with nigun because his singing will somehow corrupt the kehila?

      Also, what if two groups are singing the same song, but one is chassidish, and the other is modern orthodox, or less, can you only listen to the one version, because the other is dangerous?

    11. I think that Rav Yitzchak is concerned because music can affect the Neshama, and a lot of music that is labeled “Jewish” today sounds like Judaized rock ‘n roll.

    12. this is a good idea.

      Let’s have monitors watch our internet activity, and censors deciding whose music we can listen to.

      Maybe soon we can stop using the title Rav for these poskim and elevate their titles to Ayatollah!

    13. #11

      Well put! (BUT it’s up to the gadol where to be machmir and where to be lenient, AND as long as you didn’t even ask him for the basis on being machmir or it’s ASUR I know you “know by your guts”, but as long as you are not a posek, and you didn’t even ask him, you are wrong)

      #18
      “unfortunately it seems the current generation of gedolim dont have a mind of their own and can be manipulated. it would be intersting to know if rav moshe would ban the music.”

      Really! could you prove that you do have a mind of your own? either way, in yiddishkeit, (go learn) we are taught not to have a mind of our own! (just like justice system in usa) Precedence, takes precedent over your “mind of your own” (aka opinion). halacha, too takes precedent over “mind of your own” (opinion), just like the law in usa takes precedent over “mind of your own” (opinion)

      SOOOO Mind of your own, please mind your own unless you really understand (by questioning your “FOE” for the basis of his ruling) halacha and precedence.

    14. Good for him. Banning things is not only idiotic, it’s counterproductive. It also has the tendency to make people who sign the bans look like fools. I’m glad R’ Elyashiv showed some good judgment here.

    15. #25: “I think I’ll stick top good old 60/70s rock and roll. now THAT is music.”

      Maybe. But for the rest of us who don’t wish to enhance the experience with pharmaceuticals, that music is basically unlistenable.

    16. I never realized how lucky SMR is until read this article. He doesn’t have to listen to devil-worship hebrew concerts, he doesn’t have to have his internet monitored, he doesn’t have to worry about walking on the same sidewalk as women, he doesn’t have to see immodestly-dressed women walking in the street with skirts above their knees, he doesn’t have to ride the bus with women on the same side of seats, he is b”h protected from all these dangers.

      Maybe these great poskim could work out a way where we could ALL go to prison and be kept away from these everyday dangers lurking on every street and in every activity.

      Maybe more realistic is to make a gated community like seagate where we could all have our individual cells and wardens watching us, and not have to interact with the tumeddigah outside world more than necessary, because we don’t have the moral strength that goyim and even animals in the street do to control ourselves, we need all these gedeirim to protect us.

    17. A REAL SHAME !!

      You are all choosing your positions on each and every topic and than those Gedolim that agree are the true Gedolim. What a shame !

      It works the other way around. You choose a Gadol Hador and you take his opinions if you like it or not

    18. @ #8,
      as #10 stated, how dare you open your liberal fresh mouth and spit such slander as you did. I am not going to tell you to call the Gadol Hador by his title of Rabeinu Shlitah, because your mouth does not deserve to say EVEN THAT!! Chutzpan.

    19. Maybe Rav Elyashiv Shlita did not give a psak outright banning concerts because he knows many people wouldn’t listen to his psak anyway. I personally don’t go to concerts, but, I do listen to music. Concerts should have separate entrances and seating for men and women, and then why would it be so wrong? (Maybe because since the churban Habayis we should not be listening to music)

    20. reply to #39: Aaron Says: “A REAL SHAME !! You are all choosing your positions on each and every topic and than those Gedolim that agree are the true Gedolim. What a shame ! It works the other way around. You choose a Gadol Hador and you take his opinions if you like it or not”

      You can’t even write a few simple sentences without making so many basic spelling and grammar mistakes, why would I care about your opinion of ANYTHING?

      You are obviously very uneducated!

    21. reply to 41 machmir4life Says: as #10 stated, how dare you open your liberal fresh mouth and spit such slander as you did. I am not going to tell you to call the Gadol Hador by his title of Rabeinu Shlitah, because your mouth does not deserve to say EVEN THAT!! Chutzpan.

      Hey, “Machmir”, if you’re such a moirahdicka yid, what are you doing on the internet insulting strangers? Isn’t that bittul Torah?

      Why don’t you ask your poisek if you should be on the internet reading and writing and minding other people’s business instead of sitting and learning? I’d be interested to hear what he has to say about it.

    22. reply to #42: “Maybe because since the churban Habayis we should not be listening to music”

      Or eating pleasant-tasting food. or sitting on comfortable furniture. And for sure we should look for extremely unattractive people with bad midos and terrible personaities for shidduchim, because we should not enjoy our relationships, either.

      Yours was an extremely insightful and well-thought-out comment.

      Also your point about not giving a psak against it because many people would go anyway is very very good! If we would give a hashgocha to McDonald’s, because many non-religious Jews eat there anyway, think how many Jews who now go there would no longer be eating traif!

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