Jtube: America's Got Talent: Yeshiva Boys Beat Boxing

Is it a Kiddish Hashem for Jews to publicly demonstrate their talents like this?

Is it a Kiddish Hashem for Jews to publicly demonstrate their talents like this?

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Comments (12)

(10) Anonymous, March 6, 2017 10:33 PM

Fantastic!

Simon is not an easy judge to impress. The boys got through to him. I think it may have made a favorable impression on him of religious Jews.

(9) David, September 10, 2016 1:32 PM

So Very Sad...

So very sad that they and so many think that the "western wall" is the most holy place!!! The Temple is, was and will always be the most Holy!!!

(8) Hinda, July 21, 2016 12:51 PM

NO

It was totally wrong of them. That's not what Jews are!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous, July 25, 2016 4:09 AM

NO

Hinda, I agree with her Heidi. It's cute and fun to watch.

(7) Aida Charytan, July 17, 2016 11:44 PM

I loved it they are fantastic and talented.

Retired

(6) Zachary Orenshein, July 12, 2016 6:36 PM

Models of interacting with the secular world

I think they showed the proper balance for being a Jew in the secular world: having fun in an appropriate way and making other people happy, while clearly displaying their differences with the secular world (white shirts, black pants, tzitzit, kippas.) Additionally, they brought a sense of pride in being Jewish to many across the country. Judaism might seem scary and daunting to a lot of people, but these kind of things make it seem much more accessible and enjoyable. Who knows? Maybe as a result some people who watch them perform will become inspired to learn more about Judaism.

(5) Yaakov, July 12, 2016 5:25 PM

Frum Yiddin do not look for the acceptance of secular world

I think it may be a form of a Chillul Hashem. It makes people think we laud this and praise this. We should not and it does show frum Jews in a good light. It screams of something along the lines of that secular culture is just as important as Jewish frum culture (if you can call it that "frumkite"). I just think it puts too much emphasis on enjoying / becoming enticed by the local culture. Does this not have a similar sound to the story of Purim?

This would have been very cute at a wedding or even a private show as Purim Shtick, but like this I find it nauseating. This is not the values we teach or praise to our children.

(4) Gitty, July 12, 2016 3:38 PM

Who are we trying to impress?

Look, I'm all for talent, and the boys have lots of it but secular culture is just that-secular, devoid of any spiritual or religious meaning. It does not and should not have ANY relevance to Jews especially yeshivah boys who presumably know better. Of course the judges liked the performance. Besides for sounding great, the novelty of yeshivah boys beat boxing gained them extra points. But the approval of human judges is not what they (or, for that matter, all of us) should be aiming for but rather to make Hashem proud of their actions. Is performing on America's Got Talent the way to achieve that goal or is it just further blurring of the boundaries between Jews and the rest of the world? It's a slippery slope and the descent is swift. I think Aish did a disservice by publicizing this video. They set a poor example for other talented kids who might try to emulate them. . We should encourage self-expression in a Jewish context and not try to identify or integrate with the secular world.

JP, July 16, 2016 8:31 AM

You do realize this is posted in the "Jewlarious" section on Aish? They performed on stage for the very same reason you came to this section on aish.com. Jews can't influence the secular world by being absent from it. Sure that's probably not the reason they staged their performance, but the point is being engaged in the secular world does not make you secular. Hashem created the material world yet the body that encompasses us is not who we are. It is impossible to serve Hashem without the body. We need the physical world to give meaning to the spiritual world.

(3) Anonymous, July 12, 2016 2:23 PM

WHERE'S THE BEAT?

find it hard to believe that these guttaral expressions have any redeeming values- perhaps its 10 steps below rap

and one step above people recovering from throat surgery
who cry out in pain.

surprising to see religious men offer a very 'bland' exhibit of
questionable skills and more shocking to see a panel of judges butter them up with compliments.
Where do you even place this form of entertainment-
Music- NOT! THEY WOULDN'T MAKE IT ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW (ooops, gave my age away)!

(2) rivka, July 11, 2016 3:04 PM

Yes and no

I think it's fine to share talents (as long as there is no issue of kol isha, so no girls singing), but I didn't approve of the song they chose and I don't think it made a Kiddush Hashem. I think this could have potentially been an opportunity to, indeed, make a Kiddush Hashem, and that by singing what they did, they implied that they approved of it, which I don't think is appropriate. (I heard them talking about "the Western Wall, the holiest place. . ." and then they started singing and I thought 'something's not quite right here. . .')

(1) David Fine, July 11, 2016 2:51 PM

A reminder of Galus

It seems like we are become some Americanized and we have a desire to fit in. It's nice to see these boys have talent. They should use it to do kiruv. When they perform secular mindless tracks, they injest some of the poison into their neshamas.

The message of these shows is pure hedonism. We need Mosiach now.

 

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