Five Towns Jewish Times [YOUTUBE] As of this writing, it has about 170,000 hits on YouTube. It was uploaded in February of 2013 and it has already spawned a sequel. Out of 1000 people who watched it and rated it, it has an eleven percent disapproval rating. None of the comments are pareve – either the listener is bowled over or deeply offended and characterizes it as a grave Chillul Hashem.
What is the Aveirah song? What is it’s appeal? What has been the reaction to it? And what do Torah sources have to say about the matter?
The Aveirah song is either a satire or parody that pokes fun at, well, something. The disclaimer at the end of the video claims that it pokes fun at those who perform sins. Its detractors claim that while this is what the producers claim that this is what it does, in reality it just parodies contemporary Orthodox culture, and has no redeeming spiritual benefit whatsoever.
As a background, the parody was produced by a very worthy Yeshiva in Israel that works with American high school graduates and not only gets them into learning, but catapults these young men into some very serious Torah growth. Many of their graduates go on to the most prestigious Yeshivos in Eretz Yisroel. The singer pronounces the lyrics with a Chasidic accent, and they are set to a modern rap tune. To get a feel for it, some of the lyrics are below.
I eat a gid hanasheh every bite,
I put on my left shoe before my right,
You think I don’t do aveiros? Don’t even wonder,
I never make a brucheh when I hear the thunder,
My wife wears a sheitel, not a tichel,
I eat the herring without the kichel,
I drink every night ad delo yudeh,
I never sing zemiros at the shabbos sudeh,
I hang around with a goyishe oilem,
I never do bikur cholim,
Yeah I hang out with goyim vus iz nisht gemalet,
I don’t put on my paper, beis samech daled. [...]