Rav Yeshayahu Herzl, Chief Rabbi of Natzerat Illit, said Thursday that a flyer signed by Chabad rabbis against mixed-audience music performances was not directed against an upcoming show in Afula, located at the northwest corner of the Jezreel Valley, by singer Avraham Fried.
Chabad Rabbis: Nothing Personal Against Singer Avraham Fried
Chabad Rabbis say their call to avoid mixed audience performances was not directed against Fried's Afula show.<br/>
Gil Ronen, 11/08/11 22:50
"The headline that said that we forbid participation in Fried's show is incorrect. There is nothing personal here, we were not talking about a specific personality."
Rav Herzl explained that the rabbi's flyer was directed to the G-d fearing public and not to the singers themselves. "We as rabbis think that the God fearing public does not have a heter [rabbinical permission] to participate in shows that do not have separation [between men and women]. We assume that the singers who are themselves hareidi asked their rabbis if they should perform. But we have a duty to warn our people in order to avoid mishaps.
"The only way to hold performances is to set up a separation mechitza, just like in weddings," the rabbi said. The main problem, he explained, is when men and women sing together. This creates a situation which is "the opposite of modesty."