Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rav Amnon Yitzchak's Pashkevil

While I wouldn't put much stock in this kol korei, and believe we can ignore it -- I'll try to explain in another post -- I thought it appropriate to provide a rough translation of this kol korei. Consult your local Orthodox rabbi if you want. See the post, and comments, at Life In Israel, at Rationalist Judaism, and at Blog In Dm.

Pesak Halacha
BS"D                 Erev Rosh Hashana 5771
We have heard, and our souls have shuddered, at the awesome breach in our camp of the "Evenings of Song" and the Concerts, in which singers come to sing before a mixed audience of men and women, rachmana litzlan, and even not mixed.

And all Gedolei Yisrael have already forbidden, with a complete prohibition, Evenings of Song, even separate.

Therefore, we have come to express our opinion, Daas Torah:

  1. Appearances such as this are prohibited with a stringent prohibition, whether in Israel or in Chutz LaAretz
  2. This prohibition applies to the organizers as well as on the participants, minors and adults, men and women, and certainly the prohibition is on the singers, who are causing the public to sin.
  3. It is forbidden for newspapers and the like to lend a hand and to publicize these appearances.
  4. The singers who appear in these places, one should not invite them, to honor them to sing in any event, and so too one should not publicize an event in which these singers participate, inclusive of Tefillot and kosher events, so as not to strengthen the hands of sinners.
And Hashem Yisbarach, with His great mercy and kindness should put in their hearts to return to before Him, and we should merit an everlasting redemption, and then, our mouths will be filled with merriment.

We have come to sign for the sake of the holiness and purity of our nation:
Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner
Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv
Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman
Rav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz
Rav Chaim Kanievsky
Rav Nissim Karelitz
Rav Gideon Ehrelstein {?}
Rav Shmuel Ohrbach
Rav Chaim Pinchas Sheinberg
Rav Yissachar Meir

PS: One should not sing the songs of these singers, even at weddings and simchos of mitzvah and the like.
[Until here was the nusach of the 'pesak halacha' which was written via our master, the Gaon Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, shlita, and which was brought to the eyes of the Gedolei HaDor at the time of their signature.]

1 comment:

Sam said...

The fourth to last name is R' Gershon Edelstein (one of the Ponovitz R"Y)
not that it makes a big difference...


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