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Jerusalem - New Lipa Video A Hot Topic In Israel

Published on: August 16, 2012 10:30 AM
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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.Photo credit is Mendy Hechtman  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.Photo credit is Mendy Hechtman

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.

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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.



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 Aug 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM Anonymous Says:

"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.”

Awesome!!!!
You took the words right out of my mouth.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM Velvel Says:

BEAUTIFUL!

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM chusid Says:

Lipa is just loosing it

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM savtat Says:

Kol Hakavod - hope this theme catches on.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM zooog Says:

Lipa is going down the drain!!

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM TunaBeigel Says:

There's nothing political about making a statement supporting achdus, Lipa is doing the job which all Chareidi Rabbonim are supposed to be doing! Just because we don't share opinions in all aspects of Yiddishkeit doesn't mean we shouldn't love each other.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM TexasJew Says:

It will be a long time before Mashiach comes if so many people are upset about this innocent and beautiful act of acdus.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM Liepa Says:

Lipa, you have the right idea, my man!

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM Kim Li Says:

I normally don't make predictions about what would cause Moshiach to come. I leave that to the prophets among us. However, considering that the last Beis HaMikdash was destroyed because of sinas chinom, I'm sure that a bit of ahavas chinom won't hurt.
Go LIpa!

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM BLONDI Says:

lipa...awesome....bravo...kol hakavod....he doesnt pick and choose which kid he goes to the hospital to visit and cheer up either...

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM SHMOO2 Says:

Lipa- you rock! There's NOBODY like you! Kol Hakovod.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM Lodzker Says:

the video looks a bit odd.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 01:14 PM ikleinit Says:

I will be honest I am not a big fan of lippas music , but if is intentions are achdus and loving ur fellow Jew regardless of background, I have a newfound respect for lippa. Rock on brother, and let's bring moshiach together!

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 02:18 PM yochtzel Says:

I'm no big fan of Lipa and i think this is the stupidest dance that anyone that calls them self professional can preform, BUT! The "v’yikabetz nidacheinu" statement is what Judaism and chosidus is based on, the words of Hillel Hazoken, Now what a shame that we dont hear these kind of statements and see these kinda actions from our Rabbunim!! "PNAY HADUR K'PNAY HAKELEV" the way the robbunim look and act thats the way we look and act! sad sad.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM Shtarker Says:

When he does a video with conservative and/or reform Jews, then I'll believe he's serious about promoting achdus.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 02:50 PM bubii Says:

Reply to #13  
ikleinit Says:

I will be honest I am not a big fan of lippas music , but if is intentions are achdus and loving ur fellow Jew regardless of background, I have a newfound respect for lippa. Rock on brother, and let's bring moshiach together!

You took the words out of my mouth for achdus anything,we are not like the savage arabs who are butchering each other in syria and many other muslim countries

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 02:53 PM ilovehashem Says:

mashiach is not coming beacuse of all the stupid people who talk lashon harah about an amazing peson who is only trying to make achdus and kidush hashem in this world with his beautiful music. So to all those who have something bad to say just dont say it and dont listen to his music.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 03:08 PM not a fan Says:

Reply to #13  
ikleinit Says:

I will be honest I am not a big fan of lippas music , but if is intentions are achdus and loving ur fellow Jew regardless of background, I have a newfound respect for lippa. Rock on brother, and let's bring moshiach together!

But I wholeheartedly agree with your comment

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 03:39 PM bubii Says:

Reply to #17  
ilovehashem Says:

mashiach is not coming beacuse of all the stupid people who talk lashon harah about an amazing peson who is only trying to make achdus and kidush hashem in this world with his beautiful music. So to all those who have something bad to say just dont say it and dont listen to his music.

You think you are better then others why do you write in such an arrogant way, what do you know why moshiach doesnt come, you are one gigantic shoite.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 03:51 PM Anonymous Says:

achdos is great! Lipa, please stick to singing and dancing do Your shtick. Leave the other stuff for others in position..

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 03:58 PM esther Says:

Reply to #14  
yochtzel Says:

I'm no big fan of Lipa and i think this is the stupidest dance that anyone that calls them self professional can preform, BUT! The "v’yikabetz nidacheinu" statement is what Judaism and chosidus is based on, the words of Hillel Hazoken, Now what a shame that we dont hear these kind of statements and see these kinda actions from our Rabbunim!! "PNAY HADUR K'PNAY HAKELEV" the way the robbunim look and act thats the way we look and act! sad sad.

you could have left out the first sentenve but absolutely if all the rebbes and big rabanim when stop their narishkaiten and just focus on achdus and ahavas yisroel,moshiaach would have long been here already.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 04:05 PM Pipk11 Says:

the comments on you tube are right on. out of his flippin mind....

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM grandpajoe Says:

Great Article and great video

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 04:43 PM Take a Stand Says:

Beautiful show of achdus. Thank G-d for Lipa

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 05:16 PM SephardiPride Says:

Based on the negative comments about this video on achdut - I find it hard for Moshiach to come.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 05:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Kol Hakavod L'Tzahal v'Kol Hakavod L'Lipa

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM harryw Says:

Reply to #10  
BLONDI Says:

lipa...awesome....bravo...kol hakavod....he doesnt pick and choose which kid he goes to the hospital to visit and cheer up either...

Of course not. He would go anywhere with anyone rather then staying home with his wife and kids.

This lipa is mentally retarded and no one is interested in his opinion.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 06:35 PM chusid Says:

Reply to #17  
ilovehashem Says:

mashiach is not coming beacuse of all the stupid people who talk lashon harah about an amazing peson who is only trying to make achdus and kidush hashem in this world with his beautiful music. So to all those who have something bad to say just dont say it and dont listen to his music.

when any story comes up about anything in the chasidishe community, u r the 1st to bash,,
so dont lecture us about lushen horah

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 06:49 PM MyHumbleOpinion Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

"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.”

Awesome!!!!
You took the words right out of my mouth.

Really? can you please tell me where in davening.
Or maybe perhaps, you have a different set of Tfilos

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 07:28 PM The-Macher Says:

Reply to #20  
Anonymous Says:

achdos is great! Lipa, please stick to singing and dancing do Your shtick. Leave the other stuff for others in position..

Lipa is in far more of a position to influence Klal Yisroel than the squabbling askanim who control the remnants of the gedoilim of yesteryear. Lipa just might be the one to save Chassidus and bring it back to what it was meant to be.

This video is not for my pre-video generation as far as style is concerned (and I am a big fan of both Lipa and Danny Finkelman, so it could be that I just need to see the rest of the video to appreciate it), but it will hit home among many who need to see something like this.

1 Lipa is worth 1,000 asifos. And anyone who does not like that ken mir tzi kishen in man Chassidishe tzitzis.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 07:28 PM normaljew Says:

Reply to #27  
harryw Says:

Of course not. He would go anywhere with anyone rather then staying home with his wife and kids.

This lipa is mentally retarded and no one is interested in his opinion.

you are shameful remarks like that is the reason Moshiach doesn't come Lipa is a Tzadek

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 07:33 PM concernedmom1 Says:

I doubt very highly that Lipas intentions in doing this viseo was achdus, It seems to be about selling his music - He is talented (though I too found the dance a bit odd) and he needs to make a living. To do so you have to be unique and do something that catches peoples eyes. Leave him, his wife and kids alone. I am sure his wife agrees with his doing this as it supports her family too.

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 11:46 PM way to go Lipa!! Thank you!! Says:

LIPA- YOU ARE A STAR!!! for all your talents - but most importantly for saying this:
"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.”
If only more yidden would say this- and not just talk the talk.....about Torah and achdus- but if they would walk the walk- like you did- by saying this statement- MASHIACH WOULD BE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

people can have chumras and holier than thou attitudes from here to tomorrow......but if they are lacking the basic acceptance of another yid who is not exactly like them- then shame on them!!! and th same applies to the modern orthodox world that do not accept yidden they feel are frummer or nerdy ....

Thank you for having the courage to say what needs to be said!!!

a very grateful boro parker!!!!

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 Aug 17, 2012 at 02:13 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
bubii Says:

You think you are better then others why do you write in such an arrogant way, what do you know why moshiach doesnt come, you are one gigantic shoite.

Hey bubli just saying the truth about people who obviosly dont fargin someone elses success and probebly you r one of them ( a triple shoite)

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 Aug 17, 2012 at 06:56 AM crock-pot Says:

Reply to #28  
chusid Says:

when any story comes up about anything in the chasidishe community, u r the 1st to bash,,
so dont lecture us about lushen horah

yes because every story and every thing in the todays days what comes up by chassidish people is hate, jodging, bashing, and embaresing, its full of sheker, everybody means just him self or there own chassidus, no truth at all, no love, todays chassidus is full of crap.

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 Aug 17, 2012 at 09:46 AM hate exsists everywhere Says:

for all those bashing chassidim- I have to tell you from personal experience - that non chassidish people are just as judgmental, hateful, critical...and more.....i grew up chassidish -so i can admit to some of our community's shortcomings- having been around other communities since then- i have seen more hate from non chassidim. i have several modern friends and they strongly agree. you see a chosid will tell you to your face ...and then they'll probably ask forgiveness sometime later.... others (not all) however- will stab you and twist the knife all with a smile to your face pretending to be your friend....as they are very formal and polite... bottom line is- sinas chinam exsists everywhere and it is up to each individual to work on themselves to eradicate negative feelings about other jews in their heart.
HaShem knows we are all human and that we will have such feelings and therefore He gave us halachos and direction on how to have ahavas yisrael. we need to bring more awareness to that....(which the choetz chaim heritage foundation seems to be doing...as well as others...) we need to be familiar with all the verses that pertain to ahavas yisrael. May we see only good in e/o.

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 Aug 17, 2012 at 02:35 PM crock-pot Says:

Reply to #36  
hate exsists everywhere Says:

for all those bashing chassidim- I have to tell you from personal experience - that non chassidish people are just as judgmental, hateful, critical...and more.....i grew up chassidish -so i can admit to some of our community's shortcomings- having been around other communities since then- i have seen more hate from non chassidim. i have several modern friends and they strongly agree. you see a chosid will tell you to your face ...and then they'll probably ask forgiveness sometime later.... others (not all) however- will stab you and twist the knife all with a smile to your face pretending to be your friend....as they are very formal and polite... bottom line is- sinas chinam exsists everywhere and it is up to each individual to work on themselves to eradicate negative feelings about other jews in their heart.
HaShem knows we are all human and that we will have such feelings and therefore He gave us halachos and direction on how to have ahavas yisrael. we need to bring more awareness to that....(which the choetz chaim heritage foundation seems to be doing...as well as others...) we need to be familiar with all the verses that pertain to ahavas yisrael. May we see only good in e/o.

listen, of course there are evel all over, what i meant is, that our chassidus became the cost and the reason why we fight, we control, we jodge, we look down, and the whole thing our so called leaders have in mind is there image, there ego, there kavod, and we put it in torah in frumkiet, in chassidus, etc. if every single change in the frum comunety is so triggering to us, something is wrong with the system.

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 Aug 24, 2012 at 03:12 AM lipa titelbom Says:

any reason the video doesnt work ? im trying to watch it doesnt play

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