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Brooklyn, NY - Lipa Schmeltzer's Video 'Leiby Forever' Pays Tribute to Slain Boy (video preview)

Published on: August 10, 2011 07:48 AM
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Brooklyn, NY - A Hasidic singer will release Wednesday a tribute song and music video featuring home movies of a slain 8-year-old Brooklyn boy.

The Daily News got a sneak peek at “Leiby Forever,” a seven-minute song penned and performed by Lipa Schmeltzer, also known as the “Jewish Elvis.”

“Leiby represents a message,” Schmeltzer said. “We couldn’t find Leiby alive. But there are so many people alive who are still lost. Fathers without jobs. Kids without food. We need to make the world a happier place.”

The opening scene shows Leiby walking down 44th St. in Borough Park on grainy surveillance video. Schmeltzer sings: “A boy was heading home in the afternoon. When he reached his home in heaven, he arrived there all too soon.”

“It shows a spiritual message that people need to come together,” Schmeltzer said. “The same way people came together to search for little Leiby.”

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 08:40 AM cshia Says:

+1.

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 09:33 AM Lipa fan Says:

Jewish Elvis?!? Oy gevalt! No way!!

Besides, Elvis didn't have that all too typical lisp chasidim have vehn dey talk English, when he spokes Yiddish!

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 09:39 AM thank you Says:

thank you lipa for refocusing the tragedy and placing attention where it belongs, and for using your professional skills to give Lieby's family something beautiful.

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 09:48 AM Anonymous Says:

What makes him a "hasidic" singer?

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 10:12 AM Lipa Fan Says:

wow! lipa song makes my cry like on tisha bov

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 11:02 AM yidster Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

What makes him a "hasidic" singer?

He's hasidic and he's a singer so...i guess that would make him hasidic singer

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 11:08 AM yidster Says:

can't listen to this anyway until chatzos

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 11:10 AM ilovehashem Says:

wow lipa you always know how to touch our hearts with your songs.

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 11:19 AM BrainyMaze Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

What makes him a "hasidic" singer?

This is neither te time nor the place for bashing. Its all about the song and its a beautiful thing

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 01:47 PM Insider Says:

Absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking.

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 01:47 PM Nauseated Says:

Who cares what Lipa sings. His song would do nothing to help anybody's pain. His time has come and gone.

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 02:12 PM miri Says:

Reply to #11  
Nauseated Says:

Who cares what Lipa sings. His song would do nothing to help anybody's pain. His time has come and gone.

Cmon why do u care if people were inspired? I was! The song is beautiful!

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 03:28 PM aribp Says:

lipe's the best

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 04:10 PM Track5 Says:

Go lipa go that's the way משיח will come not thru מחלוקת

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 06:18 PM thinkabtit Says:

It's a beautiful song and yes, very hearwarming but I have an opinion here and wondering if im the only one.
do the kletzkys really appreciate all the commotion being made abt they're son? Songs.books.speeches.organizations written in they're name things that supposedly were written and arranged by the parents, it's all very nice, really it is but do u think they really need it all or is it just a chance for advertisement?
they are lost now. So deep is they're sadness. And yet, every day there's someone else coming with yet another thing to produce in they're name. Is correct?
Im only asking an opinion here.

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 07:12 PM FRIEND OF GOD Says:

to #15, you have voiced exactly my thoughts. the people in most pain are the kletzkys and we have to be sensitive to the utmost. it may come from a good place and be inspiring, but who is that good for,the singer to make money and people to feel good. we have to mechazek by treating others nicely and avoiding machlokes. thats much much better than sensationalizing the tragedy and making money off it. unfortunately, people are looking for ways to help the kletzkys, but in the end are just helping themselves feel better. and chas vshalom making kletkys feel bad. in short, i think ITis "insensitive", even though maybe good intentions. LET THE KLETZKYS MOURN PRIVATELY, AND THINGS OTHERS DO TO BE MECHAZEK THEMSELVES, ALSO PRIVATELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HATZNEA LECHES!!!

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 Aug 10, 2011 at 08:06 PM Babishka Says:

Lipa is a very gifted, talented person, but in my opinion this song is not appropriate. There is no doubt that Lipa had only the best intentions, and this is his own way of dealing with the pain that everyone feels, through music, for for me it is just too painful.

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