JERUSALEM (VINnews) — A clip by Akiva Gruman and the Malchus choir depicting a kiddush taking place in a Meah Shearim shul has caused significant opposition within the local chareidi community. The clip, which has tens of thousands of views on social media, was filmed in the old Chabad shul in Meah Shearim and shows a typical kiddush taking place with all the participants singing in Shabbos finery, including all the various types of Shabbos garments found within the chasidic community. Many people participated in the clip, including Arele Samet, Meir Adler, Yoeli Davidovitz, Mendi Weiss and many others.
However already during the filming there were scuffles and violent demonstrations near the shul, forcing the producers to stop the filming and search for a shul in another neighborhood in order to continue shooting the clip.
The Badatz (Beis Din Tzedek of Jerusalem) issued a strong protest against the filming inside a shul, calling its producers mockers and scorners, who make fun of holy Jewish minhagim of a kiddush, a shalom zachar and the birth of a daughter and even dressed in the garb of Yerushalmim with the shtreimels, caftans, etc. The Badatz notes the inappropriate level of consumption of alcohol and meat and wine while singing Shabbos songs – and says that the actors look like the Reform who sang in shul and did things of pleasure there. They call this an unprecedented disgrace and desecration of the holiness of Shabbos, besides the general issue of producing “kosher” movies and videos.
The Badatz also called the producer before the beis din warned him about this and he promised he would not spread his merchandise, but the clip has now been published and therefore the Badatz issued a strong protest against the producer.
It should be noted that Gruman had posted an earlier clip depicting a Sholom Zochor but this was filmed in a small shul in Tzfat and therefore did not arouse opposition as opposed to the Kiddush clip which was filmed in Meah Shearim.