Jerusalem – As the Israeli Defense Force continues its controversial efforts to recruit Chareidi enlistment, a soon to be released music video featuring superstar Lipa Schmeltzer dancing with Israeli soldiers has made headlines in Israel.
According to Israeli news source Maariv, Schmeltzer shot footage for the video several days ago in Jerusalem’s Kikar Tziyon, clad in army fatigues, with members of the Nachal Chareidi’s Netzach Yehuda division.
The music video features the song Mizrach from Schmeltzer’s most recent album and the song, along with its accompanying dance, has been growing in popularity since its release. The theme of the song is unity, describing how in the times of Moshiach, Jews from all across the religious spectrum will join together as one.
Schmeltzer stresses that he had no intention of making any sort of political statement with this video, a joint project between the superstar and producer Danny Finkelman.
“I am not taking any stand on whether or not Chareidim should be enlisting in the IDF,” Schmeltzer told VIN News. “I am taking a stand on achdus. We are a family, we are all brothers and I dance with everyone. I say the words ‘v’yikabetz nidacheinu’ three times a day in davaning and if those words are meant only for Jews from Borough Park or Bnei Brak, I have a problem with that.”
Schmeltzer is close friends with David Hager, a long time supporter of Nachal Chareidi, which is a special unit composed of religious soldiers and an Aron Kodesh donated by Hager was recently installed in Schmeltzer’s Airmont shul.