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Park City, Utah - Matisyahu At Festival Avoids Female Fans

Published on: January 22, 2009 11:43 AM
By: NY Daily News
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Park City, Utah - Hasidic rapper Matisyahu almost backed himself into a corner trying to avoid female fans at Tao’s Sundance Lift. The married hip-hopper isn’t allowed to touch women, per his religion’s beliefs, and “recoiled immediately” when a group of ladies touched his arm to get his attention. “He put his hand in his pocket and took a step back,” said a spy. “But he wasn’t being rude and talked to the girls for a bit.”



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 Jan 22, 2009 at 11:48 AM good for him Says:

But he should try to be more careful and avoid putting himself in such situations to begin with!

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 11:55 AM Anonymous Says:

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good for him Says:

But he should try to be more careful and avoid putting himself in such situations to begin with!

Hashem will understand if someone who is such a wonderful emissary for yiddishkeit has such an unintentional encounter. Why do we take such trivia and elevate it to be the "news" when the great work he does in his music and outreach is of such greater importance. It seems there are some ehrleche yiddim who have annointed themselves as the halacha vigilantes and feel compelled to scream "gevalt" whenever they detect even the slightest deviation from their view of frumkeit. Clearly there are those who have differing views of Matisyahu as a singer and his "chasideshe credentials" but an acceidental touching or negiah with some young fans is not worthy of such a news headline.

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 12:05 PM Anonymous Says:

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good for him Says:

But he should try to be more careful and avoid putting himself in such situations to begin with!

Hahha are u a rov or a mashgiach or somthing of that sort?

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 12:07 PM Anonymous Says:

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good for him Says:

But he should try to be more careful and avoid putting himself in such situations to begin with!

yea he should really be more careful when a woman accidently touches him, like you or I should never leave our houses because someone may touch us, just yesterday a woman tapped me to ask if the subway we were on was going to 23rd st i simply smiled and said yea. it happens, oh well.

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM Anonymous Says:

#2 - I couldn't agree with you more, and I couldn't have said it better myself. This has been my view forever. I'm glad there was someone who could put it into words as eloquently as you. Thank you.

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 12:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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good for him Says:

But he should try to be more careful and avoid putting himself in such situations to begin with!

where is his body gaurd?

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 12:22 PM Anonymous Says:

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good for him Says:

But he should try to be more careful and avoid putting himself in such situations to begin with!

I guess you probably believe that you are not allowed to use the NYC Transit system.

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 12:34 PM Anonymous Says:

#7 - I've had rebbeim who have taken off their glasses on the subway. Also, #6, valid point. #2, #4 - Many Rabbonim argued that Reb Shlomo Carlebach was wrong for his encounters in the name of Kiruv. Negiah is a serious thing. You have to know the Halachos before you can rip into people or judge them. 'Nuff said!

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 12:28 PM SILLY Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I guess you probably believe that you are not allowed to use the NYC Transit system.

Funny but Stupid!.

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 12:42 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

#7 - I've had rebbeim who have taken off their glasses on the subway. Also, #6, valid point. #2, #4 - Many Rabbonim argued that Reb Shlomo Carlebach was wrong for his encounters in the name of Kiruv. Negiah is a serious thing. You have to know the Halachos before you can rip into people or judge them. 'Nuff said!

How does taking off your glasses prevent someone from touching you?

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 01:15 PM Anonymous Says:

people shouldn't judge we r all people and this is something that happens every day you go on the bus train go to a bank or post office you can only do your best its going to happen

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 02:00 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

#7 - I've had rebbeim who have taken off their glasses on the subway. Also, #6, valid point. #2, #4 - Many Rabbonim argued that Reb Shlomo Carlebach was wrong for his encounters in the name of Kiruv. Negiah is a serious thing. You have to know the Halachos before you can rip into people or judge them. 'Nuff said!

"You cant ask a kasha on a maaseh; but all i know is that the Amshinover said that he is Mekaneh (jealous) of R' Shlomo Carlebach's place in Olam HaBah.
It doesnt mean to say that someone should do things against halacha; but i wouldn't feel so comfortable talking down about someone like R' Shloime; who I feel safe to say did more good in his life than you have in yours.

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 01:53 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

people shouldn't judge we r all people and this is something that happens every day you go on the bus train go to a bank or post office you can only do your best its going to happen

Is this a psak halacha?

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 03:04 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

How does taking off your glasses prevent someone from touching you?

You will probably bump into more people because you arent able to see clearly.

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 02:47 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Is this a psak halacha?

Yes...and for a change, a psak halacha also happens to be common sense

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 02:46 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

"You cant ask a kasha on a maaseh; but all i know is that the Amshinover said that he is Mekaneh (jealous) of R' Shlomo Carlebach's place in Olam HaBah.
It doesnt mean to say that someone should do things against halacha; but i wouldn't feel so comfortable talking down about someone like R' Shloime; who I feel safe to say did more good in his life than you have in yours.

The Amshinover is quoted as saying 'he's "mekaneh his Olam Haba, but not the route he will take to get there"

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 02:45 PM Anonymous Says:

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good for him Says:

But he should try to be more careful and avoid putting himself in such situations to begin with!

Behaimishe comment

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 04:02 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The Amshinover is quoted as saying 'he's "mekaneh his Olam Haba, but not the route he will take to get there"

I never heard of this guy (the Amshinover). Who is he?

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 06:33 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I guess you probably believe that you are not allowed to use the NYC Transit system.

Before you speak like you are a posak you better look up that halachah.
The halacha is that if you are on a trian and you HAVE TO travel and you bump into a woman by mistake not altz chiba it is aloud.

Young teens from utah trying to get his attention at best I think is a little dif from a buisness man on a train

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 07:50 PM AyinTova Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Before you speak like you are a posak you better look up that halachah.
The halacha is that if you are on a trian and you HAVE TO travel and you bump into a woman by mistake not altz chiba it is aloud.

Young teens from utah trying to get his attention at best I think is a little dif from a buisness man on a train

wow.
what courage.

the halacha is that if a guy who has been all over the place is ready to become a shomer shabbos, and the only thing holding him back is concern that he will have to give up the music in his soul...

we should encourage him, and learn from him,
and get brachos from him,
and realize that none of us is standing in his place.

or, if you think that you know everything, you can take the achrayus to "chop him down".

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 10:36 PM baron Says:

hey

he rocks he will be a lesson to the women that u can be musical without being into contact

and i had to shake a womans hand after she stuck it out twice what do i do in order to avoid this uncomfortable situation???

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 Jan 23, 2009 at 12:46 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I guess you probably believe that you are not allowed to use the NYC Transit system.

well that's not a joke, reb Moshe Feinstein discuses that in full in his sefer Igros Moshe. (unfortunately I don't remember exactly where I think its somewhere in Even Ha'ezer Chelek Beis)

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