The stereotype-defying Orthodox singer talks to the Yiddish Forward.
Lipa Schmeltzer, the controversial Hasidic singer, took to the Broadway stage last month to celebrate 15 years in show business. He asks why everyone wants to judge him.
Lipa Schmeltzer is a true exception in the Haredi world, both because of his music and his personality. He talks with us about the challenges of standing out.
The other week we reported on a shoot of Lipa Schmeltzer’s latest music video, in which the popular Hasidic singer dressed up in an Israel Defense Forces uniform, along with members of the Nahal Hareidi, or ultra-Orthodox division of the IDF. That video, titled “Mizrach,” has now been released.
Lipa Schmeltzer, the Hasidic superstar we can’t stop talking about, keeps pushing buttons. Yesterday the Orthodox news site Vos Iz Neias picked up reports from the Israeli newspaper Maariv that Schmeltzer is shooting a new music video with Israeli soldiers, dressed as a soldier himself.
Forward staffers discuss Americans’ reaction to Israel’s anti-immigrant crackdown, the tricky question of ‘voluntary’ poverty and new releases from Woody Allen and Lipa Schmeltzer.
I think I’ve figured out why I find Lipa Schmeltzer’s new music video so engrossingly weird. And it’s not just the break-dancing Hasidic robots.
Break-dancing Hasidic robots in metal yarmulkes.
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.