May 28, 2013
Man Protests "Yesh Tikvah"

No hope: A man at a chassidic wedding in Williamsburg protested against Benny Friedman singing his hit song "Yesh Tikvah."

At a recent wedding in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a Chasidic man protested the singing of Benny Friedman's hit song "Yesh Tikvah."

Approaching the stage where Friedman was singing with Levi Falkowitz, the man told both singers that he was protesting the song because it was in Hebrew, and asked them to stop singing.

When they continued, the man then grabbed the microphones from their hands.

Friedman was unperturbed by the incident.

"I think it's good people stand up for their own beliefs, but I'm focused on the messages of the song: hope, ahavas yisroel and achdus," he told COLlive.


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1
When in Rome, do as the Romans do
Benny acted with class, the other guy - not so much.
(5/28/2013 2:36:22 PM)
2
hahaha
Gold!
(5/28/2013 2:38:09 PM)
3
Beautiful!
They both were quite gracious in trying to accommodate his wishes... Kudos
(5/28/2013 2:39:36 PM)
4
Nu, he had a point
See what the Rebbe Nishmoso Eden wrote about the use of loshon kodesh for secular purposes. Our use of it today is very much bedieved, and we should be happy that there are still holdouts who resist it, thus reminding us.
(5/28/2013 2:40:57 PM)
5
what?
arent most wedding songs in hebrew anyway
(5/28/2013 2:44:05 PM)
6
benny ur great
he is smart did not continu singing
(5/28/2013 2:45:19 PM)
7
elki
Unless the protester paid for the band,
(5/28/2013 2:46:18 PM)
8
Satmar Boy
i was there at the wedding but not at the scene when it happened i asked from those who were there they told me the guy had a problem that they sing "Ivrit" anyway my question is on Mr. Falkowitz your a Satmar boy why whould you sing in Ivrit
(5/28/2013 2:47:26 PM)
9
wow
id like to say nothing shocks anymore but ... wow.
(5/28/2013 2:50:04 PM)
10
wacko...
what were the other songs in? yiddish? english?
(5/28/2013 2:53:39 PM)
11
A big fan
This is ridiculous!!
Keep up your great work Benny!!
Love your music!
(5/28/2013 2:56:40 PM)
12
as always...
benny did the right thing!!
(5/28/2013 2:57:39 PM)
13
ha HA HA
hE PROBABLY THOUGHT THEY WERE SINGING THE ISRAELI HATIKVAH SONG!
(5/28/2013 3:03:45 PM)
14
Sensitivity Respect
You need to be sensitive of your surroundings/environment and respectful of the crowd you are performing too. Regardless who's asking the singer to stop a particular song that is offending someone they should have cut the song short and went on to another song.
What happened to basic respect and afterall it is a Simcha where the idea is to generate and maintain a happy atmosphere.....
(5/28/2013 3:04:22 PM)
15
WHAT
how could he stop in middle of the singing, GO BENNY!!!!
(5/28/2013 3:08:11 PM)
16
Who Was Paying For The Wedding?
If It was Not the Host :;;;;;the Gentelman Should have just walked out
(5/28/2013 3:10:58 PM)
17
To 14
I know for a fact that the baalei simcha requested a "ten minute" yesh tikvah set. What's to be sensitive about? They requested it..
(5/28/2013 3:13:27 PM)
18
Absolultly Hallirious
He Actually Thouoght This was 'Hatikva'
(5/28/2013 3:27:10 PM)
19
Benny=Ahavas Yisroel
Actually if you notice Benny did NOT the sing words after the man pulled him over, he hummed. That was very in-tune and respectful to this (Satmar mans) request.
(5/28/2013 3:40:18 PM)
20
Kiddush Lubavitch
Actually acceptance and Kiddush Lubavitch if for the frum not only the fry.
(5/28/2013 3:43:52 PM)
21
good
the guy was right, and freidman did smart
(5/28/2013 3:59:19 PM)
22
Benny was very professional.
Keep it up .
(5/28/2013 4:00:29 PM)
23
hilarious!
benny answered in very cool and calm way!
goood job!
(5/28/2013 4:06:33 PM)
24
respect of privacy
why on earth does everything that people do, nead to be publicised?!
(5/28/2013 4:13:37 PM)
25
nebech!
nebech those chasidim! in what language do they pray?
(5/28/2013 4:30:55 PM)
26
go benny!
u rock
handled it with such class
(5/28/2013 4:34:04 PM)
27
what??
what were the other songs in? plenty of hebrew songs are at weddings...dont understand this guy?
(5/28/2013 4:34:42 PM)
28
Good job Benny!!
So much respect... Very smooth mature way of handling the situation.
(5/28/2013 4:56:26 PM)
29
Why?
Could someone explain to me why the man wanted the song stopped? I am not Chassidic so I am looking in from the outside but I dont understand. Is speaking Hebrew assur for some reason?
(5/28/2013 5:09:24 PM)
30
what??
It's not his wedding?!? he's not aloud to just do that. chutzpa
(5/28/2013 5:22:29 PM)
31
A frum ( not chasidish per se) Yid
Amazing. The guy probably had an issue because the havaara was "ivrit" - such silliness. It is a beautiful song with a beautiful message. Benny is such a mentsh, really continues in his uncle Avrmels footsteps. Ashrecha!
(5/28/2013 5:22:32 PM)
32
i honestly
i honestly haven't laughed so hard in a long time xD
(5/28/2013 5:47:12 PM)
33
hebrew (ivrit)
to # 4:
benny was singing in hebrew not loshon hakodesh

from things the rebbeh wrote and was magia the rebbeh was clearly aware of the difference between loshon hakodesh and hebrew (ivrit)

to # 25:
they pray in loshon hakodesh not in hebrew (ivrit)
(5/28/2013 5:49:10 PM)
34
very eidel
Benny handled this in a really eidel manner. Very exemplary. Mamash good middos.
(5/28/2013 5:52:31 PM)
35
?????????????????????????????????????????????
is he anti-israel??????????
(5/28/2013 6:21:38 PM)
36
good
I'm very happy about that since i don't really either appreciate "yesh tikvah"
(5/28/2013 6:23:54 PM)
37
My opinion
There's a difference between a Hebrew song that's a biblical phrase/ passuk and a song with lyrics in hebrew
(5/28/2013 6:44:55 PM)
38
lol
not that i agree with the satmar guy, i mean, come on, cuz its in hebrew,? but its his wedding and if he says, no yesh tikva, the other guy should stop, i mean, derech ertz. go benny, we luv u!
(5/28/2013 6:50:15 PM)
39
2 number 8
nothing against ur community, but out of currosity, whats wrong in singing in ivrit, i mean, plz, everyone, dont take this out of contex, and turn this into a chassidic war, but i just want to know, like, am i not aloud to sing songs in hebrew cuz there happens to b a zionist gov. in place thire, i mean come on, ertz yisroel is our homeland, even if u feel american, it is ur cultral homeland.... and i x support zionism, its totaly against yiddeshkiet, but the hebrew, sorry, dont understand
(5/28/2013 6:55:05 PM)
40
Misguided
Note to Satmar: Yiddish is a form of High German -- a language native to people who killed six million Jews. Hebrew -- even modern Ivrit is a form of Loshon Hakodesh which is the Jewish mother tongue. Interesting set of priorities these people have.
(5/28/2013 6:56:13 PM)
41
nice
go benny
(5/28/2013 6:57:11 PM)
42
to satmar boy-#8
if you really r a satmar boy, then what are you doing with a computer?????????

to #29- ivrit is a modern language based on loshon hakodesh- the Holy Tongue. the chareidishe people, some of them anyway, object to involving a holy language with everyday speech and a different pronounciation..to each his own, I guess.
(5/28/2013 7:00:12 PM)
43
go benny!
u rock!
(5/28/2013 7:09:33 PM)
44
Benny Friedman a true role model.
So beautiful how Benny did not continue to sing the words and just sang the tune to the song. So respectful. We should all learn from him.
(5/28/2013 7:15:03 PM)
45
Haha
Funny video! That guy had some nerve! But Benny handled the situation very well, go Benny!
(5/28/2013 8:13:47 PM)
46
From the comments
It appears that this person did a public service in raising awareness that there is something wrong with speaking Hebrew. The Rebbe NE wrote very sharp things against it, and today people have completely forgotten. Yes, nowadays it's not practical to avoid it; I speak Ivrit too, and I'm not about to stop. But we should remember that this is bedieved, and from the comments it appears that too many Lubavitchers need to be reminded of that.
(5/28/2013 8:15:58 PM)
47
re the rebbe being against loshon kodesh
the rebbe rashab was against the creation of a state and the use of loshon kodesh as a everyday language,but to say that nowdays -after the fact,one should not speak ivrit is equivalent to saying one shold not live in eretz yisroel.. the rebbe spoke ivrit to the wounded israeli soldiers.
(5/28/2013 8:48:23 PM)
48
Yesh tikva
Benny you rock
(5/28/2013 8:52:26 PM)
49
whats gong on
whats wrong with that guy
(5/28/2013 9:10:14 PM)
50
GIVE ME A BREAK
This satmar man is an idiot and an ill mannered one to boot. if he didn';t like it he should have walked out. In my dictionary the Rebbe was a lot greater than this so and so and just as much of an anti zionist and yet when an Israeli came to the Rebbe the Rebbe responded in IVRIT! why not worry about weather people are putting on Tefillin etc. instead of these shtusim. and that's what it is in the bigger scheme of things.
(5/28/2013 9:12:47 PM)
51
#46 like!
and comments like #39 bring out such shocking lack of knowledge...
(5/28/2013 9:18:25 PM)
52
PSA
I'm surprised that people are not aware of why this guy had a problem with Ivrit and more suprised that people don't know the difference between singing psukim (what Jewish Music has always been) vs singing in Ivrit (a very new phenomenon among mainstream "chasidic" music.

To many Chasidim, Ivrit is the epitome of Zionism. It's the language without the kedusha.

I personally love benny's music and have no problem with hebrew or even Israeli songs. I also think it's not this guys business what someone else chooses to have at their event. But, I think people should be aware enough to know where he's coming from.
(5/28/2013 9:53:05 PM)
53
sing it in their accent
Perhaps if benny would sing it the way they pronounce it the guy would have calmed down. Ha ha.
(5/28/2013 9:59:41 PM)
54
SO. AWKWARD.
If that was me up there I'd probably be crying. How awkward is that? To be mid-song and have someone tell you to stop in front of the whole audience?!! I was cringing for Benny the whole time. Kudos to him for taking it like a man and making a kiddush Lubavitch.
(5/28/2013 10:28:31 PM)
55
Did that really just happen...?
Hahahhahahahah!!
(5/28/2013 10:29:14 PM)
56
benny is da bomb
the man's a loony thats a.fact
that benny responded in a classy respectful manner is what really impresses me.
(5/29/2013 12:45:07 AM)
57
i feel the father's pain. he's %100 right!
(5/29/2013 6:37:20 AM)
58
Australia
Grow up and stop being so imiture and making stupid little fights.
(5/29/2013 7:35:39 AM)
59
Really impressed!
Kol hakavod Benny!!
(5/29/2013 8:13:12 AM)
60
Yirbe Kimoso
Benny did the right thing by stopping and so did the Satmer guy (who must be a close relative, hence the shtreimel) for stopping him - in Williamsburg, singing in Ivrit is not allowed and a "Macho" was in order.

I wish we had people in CH whould speak up when there is a pirtzah - we would be in much better shape.
(5/29/2013 8:50:02 AM)
61
note
the satmer man was not the father
(5/29/2013 9:43:48 AM)
62
go benny!!!
that guy has some nerve....benny handled it in such a classy way!!!
(5/29/2013 9:44:26 AM)
63
Yasher koach!
Im really impresed by the way Benny handled the situation
(5/29/2013 9:57:12 AM)
64
GO BENNY!!!!!!!!
best singer in the world!!! love his music!!
and everyone should take an example....how smart he handled it! (actually, no wonder...the son of Rabbi Manis Friedman... :-)
(5/29/2013 11:13:12 AM)
65
oy vay!!!!!
he was protesting the song because it was in Hebrew, and asked them to stop singing.


I just realized that my WHOLE siddur is in hebrew
(5/29/2013 1:19:12 PM)
66
Yippee!
Kosis lamaor! Under pressure Benny shines even more than he usually does!
And that's quite a bit! Yes the Satmar had a point, yes the family specifically REQUESTED yesh tikvah. Oh well, keep up the mentchlichkeit Benny!
(5/29/2013 1:48:41 PM)
67
Correct or Not
let him take it up with the family who requested the song, not humiliate the singers in public
benny youre the coolest!
keep making us smile!
YESH TIKVAH!
(5/29/2013 1:55:52 PM)
68
benny very classy move
definitely living up to the lyrics in the song
and leading by example

(if it mean singing with no words who cares as long as its together)
(5/29/2013 2:04:17 PM)
69
How to handle things
The guy had a request of them to stop singing that song if he fellt uncomfturble with it. but the grabing of the mike is totally unexeptable! I find this an act of agreshion!
(5/29/2013 4:01:51 PM)
70
yiddish version of the song
Benny make a yiddish version of the song for satmar chevra.
(5/29/2013 5:31:25 PM)
71
that's why
the beis hamikdash was destroyed
(5/29/2013 5:37:09 PM)
72
a noahite
whats wrong with the song?
(5/29/2013 8:17:32 PM)
73
really?
c'mon...and what about all the other songs? they were prob hebrew or english too. is he against having his kids learn hebrew in school too?
(5/29/2013 9:26:52 PM)
74
2 reasons not to play this song in williamsburg
1. it is in hebrew (not laha"k)
2. the title reminds them of the other Tikvah

it kinda like singing didan notzach in Mount-Claire, NJ
(5/29/2013 9:35:14 PM)
75
benny HAS derech eretz!
falkowitz didn't didn't
(5/29/2013 9:37:28 PM)
76
doesn't anyone read the comments?
if ppl actualy read the comments before writing their own, they would relize that the reason is b/e its moder day hebrew, not in lashon hakodesh, which don't ask me why but these chassisdim happen to have s/t against. relaz and respect that. i mean this might be strange to us but everyone has their own minhagim...i mean im sure we do some pretty strange stuff from their prespective.

oh and to # 42:if your really a chabad boy, why are you on the computer and not in 770!? i mean seriously? they have lives to, just like we do you know.just b/e you hear the word satmer, doesn't mean you have go crazy.i go to an ashkenaz school and have a gerrer chossid there, and he acts just like all the other kids.
(5/29/2013 9:40:17 PM)
77
BENNY YOU ARE AWESOME!
YOU BRING JOY EVERYWHERE YOU GO!
(5/30/2013 10:10:21 PM)
78
lollll
right on, Benny :P
(5/31/2013 1:01:16 AM)
79
Confused...
If the guy that took the mics was the baal simcha then why were they singing yesh tikvah in the first place? If he was not the baal simcha then he had no business making that shturem. His feelings on the matter are totally moot since he isn't the one paying the singers. Also #69 just for next time- agression not agreshion. :)
(5/31/2013 10:53:53 AM)
80
WELL DONE
BENNY WELL DONE DONT WORRY ABOUT STUPID PEOPLE
(6/2/2013 4:29:15 PM)
81
GO BENNY
Benny is such a great guy.
(6/3/2013 10:13:42 AM)
82
the guy had a point
the guy had a point the satmer chassidim do not like the fact that the non frum isralis use hebrew
(6/9/2013 6:14:41 PM)
83
why
why did mr. falcowitz continyoue singing when the guy told him not to sing
(6/9/2013 6:24:15 PM)
84
this is why the beis hamikdosh was distroyed
why are peaple makeing fun of other peaple this is why the beis hamikdosh was distroyed
(6/9/2013 6:31:30 PM)
85
to answer # 80
to answer # 80 #82 told you the guy had a point
(6/10/2013 9:51:11 AM)
86
i love benny
i love youre music
(6/10/2013 10:16:51 AM)
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