Yossi Green and Shlomo Simcha Event in Lakewood Cancelled By Rabbonim


Tomorrow, Thursday, November 9, composer Yossi Green and singer Shlomo Simcha Sufrin were scheduled to be at Gourmet Glatt in Lakewood, NJ, for a “Leil Shishi Experience,” an event in honor of the release of Yossi’s and Shlomo Simcha’s new album, “Leil Shishi.”

That event has now been cancelled.

The event was to feature a complimentary hot and cold buffet, as well as wine tastings by The Vineyard. These have all been called off.

The event was canceled after pressure from rabbinic sources.

Some explain that there were concerns from local yeshivos regarding bochurim attending the event.

“The Leil Shishi event in Lakewood has been called off,” Yossi Green said in a humble and respectful message that was echoed by Shlomo Simcha. “The rabbonim didn’t see it as a proper idea. For us, it’s an opportunity to be mekayeim מצוה לשמוע דברי חכמים! For me, that always comes first. We always hope to do events that will be מקדש שם שמים, but if it doesn’t meet approval of דעת תורה, then it’s out.”

{D. Wessel- Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Kol hkovod!
    Every individual has a mandate to have a Rov. Those who don’t put their and their families life in peril r’l.

  2. Thank you
    After all isn’t Leil Shishi all about learning?
    I hope the songs become classics in the olam hayeshivos

  3. I ch’v don’t want to even come across as opposing what the rabbonim said. I also don’t want comment about this particular event per se’. In general there are many bohorim who do need an outlet. not everyone can sit by the gmara 24 /7. When something which seems innocent is forbidden they get turned off from listening to rabonim, and turn to other things. Mabey such an event could have been done under some type of supervision. in addition, many bochrim already find various places to hang out with their friends on “Leil shishi”.

  4. This had nothing to do with the Yeshiva. I don’t understand. There are thousands of Lakewood residents who have nothing to do with the local Yeshivo’s. If you want, put a notice in the Yeshiva that no bachurim are allowed to go. But why ban something from the amon am who have nothing to do with the Yeshivos?

  5. Lakewood isn’t controlled by Lakewood yeshiva anymore. very soon shtreimels will outnumber black hats in that area. it’s more important to make sure bochrim are in Seder on time. If you go to satmar shul in Lakewood the late minyans are packed with bochrim . there are way more important issues .it belittles the kovod hatorah to mix into a supermarket holding a promotion for balabatim. If letting bochrim know they can’t go isn’t enough the yeshiva has a major problem .besides why should bochrim even consider cutting Seder.

  6. I am proud to be a part of this kehilla where the people who were behind this event chose to listen to the daas torah and cancel the event. There was probably a financial loss as well as possible negative publicity. But they did the right thing even though it was hard. Ashreinu!

  7. We are very fortunate that the Rabbonim of Lakewood decide for us what we should and should not do. They are focused entirely on our good with no alternative hidden agendas. They know best how to focus in on the areas needing the most attention and they always have the best and most effective and sensitive solutions. Never doubt or question them.

      • The pre-war Jewish community of Kovno (Kaunas, today) Lithuania was divided into different components, divided by the Neris River. On the one side was the general community, which was made up of every type of contemporary Jewish religious and cultural population. Indeed, the community was a bit notorious for a lackadaisical form of religiosity. On the other side of the Williampol bridge, was the famous Slabodka Yeshiva, a flagship of the Mussar Movement. As might be expected, relations between the two sectors were often tense. There was a saying attributed to the Alter of Slabodka, R. Nosson Zvi Finkel זצ”ל, that the bridge from Kovno to Slabodko only went one way.
        Coping with the myriad of challenges, modernization and secularization in Kovno was its illustrious rabbi, R. Avraham Dov-Bear Kahana-Shapira זצוק”ל, author of the classic collection of responsa and Talmudic essays דבר אברהם, and known more popularly as the ‘Kovner Rov.’ One central concern of his was the alienation of young Kovner Jews from the synagogue. Thus, when the administration of the Choral Synagogue came to him with an intriguing approach to the problem, he jumped at it.
        The idea was to have the synagogue’s cantor, the internationally renowned tenor Misha Alexandrovich, offer public concerts that would feature classical חזנות alongside renditions of serene Italian bel canto compositions. The hope was that this type of cultural evening would draw modernizing young Jewish men and women to the synagogue, where they would socialize and (perhaps) find mates.
        The first concert was a smashing success and more were planned. Everyone was thrilled, except for the heads of the Slabodka Yeshiva. They turned angrily to the Kovner Rov and demanded that he intervene to stop the concerts. They were indecent, the Rashe Yeshiva objected. The led to fraternization between men and women, and in the synagogue. Worse still, they might corrupt yeshiva students.
        The Kovner Rav listened quietly, and then firmly rejected the Yeshiva’s objection. “You are responsible only for your yeshiva,” he asserted. “I am responsible for the spiritual welfare of all of the Jews of Kovno.” The concerts, he declared, would continue.

        • I’m not convinced that your comment is relevant. You begin by saying that the yeshiva and the community intentionally kept a distance from each other. If so, ein hochi nami, the Kovner Rov made his decision with his community foremost in his mind. Lakewood has no such distinction. The pre-yeshiva community was miniscule, and only remains as a memory. The yeshiva should be entitled to try to establish standards for the city as a whole. Second, we don’t know if it was the yeshiva that registered their disapproval. There are plenty of rabbonim in town that are respected, powerful and influential enough for their opinion to be taken very seriously.

  8. It’s a mefuresh gemara (Gitten 7a & Sotah 48a) that music with wine is assur gamor. In reality, all music (aside from simchas) is assur, but the oilam is makel for whatever (doichik) reasons. But live music with wine is klur assur gamor lekulai alma.

  9. They should move the event into the lobby of the Yeshiva so they can control the event. I’m no Jew hater but this is not a Jewish way


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