Na Nach Nachman Punks

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I kind of love this video, but I’m not sure how I feel about it morally. It’s the Moshiach Oi! guys (your favorite Hasidic punk-rock band and mine) rocking out and sticking Na Nach stickers to public buildings, signs, and a car.

On one hand, the song is great — if you like loud, raucous, energetic punk music, that is. And it’s all structured around the mantra Na Nach Nachma Nachman Me’Uman, which, according to Breslov Hasidic folklore, will make depression fade away. On the other, it is, uh, vandalizing public and private property. I’m not necessarily opposed to it on a personal level (I used to be a street stencil artist, which we called “doing graffiti,” and I’ve busked in public places more times than I can count), but is it a bit of a chilul Hashem, a public embarrassment, to go stickering while looking like religious Jews? (There’s also some graffiti tagging, though I’m assuming that was on the house of a consenting party.)

Or maybe I’m just getting old and, perish the thought, conservative. What do you folks think?

Posted on January 5, 2011

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