Will there soon be kosher certificates for singers at weddings?
A Twitter account called "Parantzes", which declares itself to be an account that reports on what is happening within the Hasidic courts and the ultra-Orthodox inner world, published a particularly interesting tweet today (Monday).
"In Beit Din Tzedek 'the ultra-Orthodox community'," they reported, "a new kosher for singers and musicians at weddings is being formulated recently, when the grooms will be obliged by the yeshiva to invite only those who have received the kosher, otherwise the young men will not be allowed to participate in the wedding.
At every wedding, there will be an overseer present on behalf of the groom's yeshiva, who will report to the police any deviation of the owners of the instruments from the regulations.
The tweet was circulated in dozens of ultra-Orthodox WhatsApp groups and caused quite an uproar.
"Will only a singer who doesn't hold a cell phone get a certificate?" laughed one of the netizens, and others said that this is another harm to the ultra-Orthodox, who will have to pay a kind of protection to people from the sector in order to get married.
An examination revealed that this is not the first time that such an initiative has come up.
The network has several lists of ultra-Orthodox singers that are "allowed" for the ultra-Orthodox audience.
Thus, a body called the "Bnei Brak Jewish Music Committee" published more than a decade ago a list of dozens of singers who received their approval.
Among the singers who were blacklisted were some of the biggest singers in the sector: Avraham Farid, Mordechai Ben David, Yaakov Shawaki and Aharon Razel, so at first it was unlikely that anyone would listen to them.
Shaul Schwartz, a member of the ultra-orthodox community in Jerusalem, says that this is completely exaggerated advertising.
"There is an organization that has been working for the past two years whose goal is for the music at weddings to be as conservative as possible. There are all kinds of songs that came from singers who are not comfortable with them, and there are some of the youth who get carried away and enjoy the songs. The friends often push the groom and the wedding turns into a pop event, like a disco. What's more The colored lamps do not enter the public, but if they don't stop the phenomenon, this too will come. Since the public tries to protect itself and disconnect from the cheap style, the organization offers its service."
Is there a kosher certificate?
Is there a kosher certificate?
"I don't know if there really is a kosher certificate. Anyone who pays a sum of money to this organization receives an overseer who comes to the event and monitors so that it is conducted as the inviter requested. There is no coercion here, God forbid, it is intended for people who want to maintain sanctity and do not know what will happen at their wedding. Many times invite Play and in the end you get something else, the player does what he wants."
Schwartz says that there is no direct connection to the ultra-orthodox community, and it is not clear that it is at all interested in entering into such enforcement.
"This has nothing to do with the ultra-orthodox community but with the authentic Jerusalem public. It is not within the authority of the Court of Justice to check where there are loopholes and to intervene, and that is not in the forefront of their minds. Maybe if they see a loophole they will act, but it is not on their behalf. They are not looking to intervene. At most, they will advise parents to do Using such oversight, a letter of support will be distributed. No more."
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