Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lipa Schmeltzer Music Video "Hang Up the Phone" Offers New Haredi Spin on Electronic Devices


Lipa Schmeltzer, a 34-year-old Skverer Chasid from New Square, New York has made a career as a singer at weddings and concerts. His CDs, DVDs, and YouTube videos have been big hits in Haredi circles. 

On Sunday, he released a new music video called "Hang up the Phone," in which he plays a robot (with a stubbly beard and peyot) among other robots who come to life in a Boro Park electronics store after the store closes for the night. The song is commentary on our ever growing infatuation with gadgets -- equal parts science fiction and practical advice for today's technologically obsessed society.

As Uriel Heilman wrote in a JTA news service release yesterday,
On Sunday, Schmeltzer posted the latest video from his new album, "Leap of Faith," with a song called "Hang Up the Phone." The lyrics include such gems as "All the hocus-pocus / forever tries to choke us / It's making such a ruckus / we can barely focus / Davening and driving / eating work and sleepin' / Why keep on replying / to all the rings and beepin'?"
No doubt the Haredi leaders who railed against unfettered internet use at last month's rally at New York's Citi Field would applaud this line: "Instead of searching Google / I'm busy making kugel..."
At just over six minutes long, the video offers a light hearted look at what we become when we spend more time interacting with our electronics than with our families and the people around us. 

Enjoy!

(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS:  THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS.  YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)