Jerusalem United: Why No Ban?

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I saw a sign in Brooklyn for a concert and rally starring Yaakov Shwekey and Shalsheles (link). According to this article (link):

The concert, “Jerusalem United”, is billed as an “uplifting rally and concert” and will feature guest speakers, videos of Jerusalem and performances by top singers in the Jewish music world. It will be held Sunday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the National Council of Young Israel, Jerusalem Reclamation Project and the Israel Solidarity Fund of America.

On the sign I saw, it said “Separate seating available”. In other words, there is mixed seating.

To my knowledge, this concert has not been banned, unlike Lipa Shmeltzer’s “Big Event”. Even those signatories of the ban who are against all concerts do not seem to have become activated about this.

Is calling it a rally the new way to get around the ban? Or is it because the National Council of Young Israel, a Modern Orthodox organization, is sponsoring it? Actually, I see here a great way for MO organizations to recruit from the Yeshiva world. Since the Yeshiva world is no longer allowed to have concerts, MO organizations should arrange for popular Yeshiva singers to entertain in their venues. The Yeshiva boys will come running.

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link of New Jersey, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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