MBD Returns To HASC Concert
For the first time in close to 10 years, the King of Jewish Music Mordechai Ben David (MBD) will return to the HASC stage, performing at the 26th "A Time For Music" concert. He will perform alongside Avraham Fried who has been the star of the HASC show for the past few years. This will be the first time since the 5758 Ohel Concert that both Chassidic superstars will perform together ● The reason for this change and the connection to the Rebbe in the Full Story, Video
16 Cheshvan 5773 (01.11.2012)


For the first time in close to 10 years, the King of Jewish Music Mordechai Ben David (MBD) will return to the HASC stage, performing at the 26th "A Time For Music" concert. He will perform alongside Avraham Fried who has been the star of the HASC show for the past few years. This will be the first time since the 5758 Ohel Concert that both Chassidic superstars will perform together.

The reason for his long disappearance from the HASC stage was his steadfast commitment to sing only at events with separate seating, as per the Halachic requirements and a personal request from the Rebbe, thus setting him apart from other "Chassidic" singers who will perform in front of mixed crowds. This year, HASC has returned to its Jewish roots and the concert will have separate seating.

The Chabad Wikipedia explains the story behind the first HASC concert and the Rebbe's blessing during Sunday Dollars (translated from the Hebrew):

In 5748, HASC planned its first "A Time for Music" benefit concert, and invited MBD to perform. He agreed on condition that the performance will have separate seating across the whole hall, but the organizers were worried that such an arrangement will cause many people to avoid the concert. MBD offered to go with them to "Sunday Dollars" by the Rebbe and ask the Rebbe for a blessing, asking that the concert be successful despite the separate seating.

The next Sunday the HASC organizers arrived in 770 together with MBD, and after MBD introduced them to the Rebbe he mentioned that they agreed to make the concert with separate seating and they want a blessing for success. The Rebbe gave them a blessing and the preparations for the concert began.

A few days before the concert was due to take place the organizers were worried, very few tickets were sold and people said it was because of the separate seating. One of the organizers came up with an idea, to have mixed seating but call it "Family Seating," thus skirting the Halachic requirement for separate seating. But MBD was steadfast in his refusal, and asked the organizers to write to the Rebbe about the problems and their idea. The Rebbe replied:

כל הנ"ל אינו משנה את השולחן ערוך, ברכה והצלחה [All this does not change the Shulchan Aruch. Blessing and Success].

After such a clear answer the organizers were sure that they will experience a tremendous success, and they continued their plans without offering mixed seating.

The concert was highly successful, with almost every seat sold, and people talking about the concert for years to come. Grateful to the Rebbe, the concert included a few Chabad Nigunim.

The separate seating continued for the next 18 years, with MBD headlining every concert, producing some of the best albums in the history of Jewish Music.

Starting with "A Time for Music 19" the event had mixed seating and MBD was missing from stage. This year, as preparations begin for "A Time for Music 26," the organizers reported that seating will be separate, and MBD will return to stage.

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