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Are Hasidic Singers Exploiting Leiby Kletzky's Death?

There is a time for mourning and there is a time for PR. The shocking murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, z”l, in Borough Park this week, is an unspeakable horror. And yet, with what seems to be a total lack of sensitivity regarding what kind of public reaction is or isn’t appropriate, Haredi artists are racing to release songs and videos in response to the event.

One of the first is a video, released July 14 by the well-known singer Lipa Schmeltzer. While Schmeltzer may be well-intentioned, the timing smacks more of self-promotion than of anything else.

Schmeltzer is not the only one to respond to the tragedy in this way. Today, the singer “Shauli” released a song titled “Feelings” on his Facebook page that includes the lyrics, “His angels will hold you in their arms so that you won’t be hurt anymore.” Reliable sources tell me that other artists have songs in the works as well.

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Are Hasidic Singers Exploiting Leiby Kletzky's Death?

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