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Entrepreneurial Rabbi is a Hit on ABC’s Shark Tank, Scores Deal With Daymond John (VIDEO)

February 3, 2013 4:32 pm 6 comments

SoundBender device. Photo; SoundBender Facebook page

Friday The Algemeiner wrote about Moshe Weiss, a Chabad rabbi and entrepreneur from St. Paul, MN, who was set to appear on  “Shark Tank,” an ABC reality TV show, that night.

On the show participants pitch their business ideas and investment opportunities to a team of entrepreneurs and business executives. Weiss pitched his “SoundBender” product, a device designed to amplify an iPad’s speaker without the use of batteries.

The product was a hit and Daymond John, a mega-mogul behind the FUBU clothing line, tossed in his support giving the rabbi the $54,000 he was asking for a 40% stake in the company.

Watch the video of the Rabbi on “Shark Tank” below:

6 Comments

  • Lawrence Kulak

    For the record I wish to amend my previous remarks about Rabbi Weiss. When I reviewed what the Mitzvah of loaning money was all about I discovered that it pertains really to loaning money to poor people – not would be entrepeneurs. Hence, by not taking from Jews Rabbi Weiss was preserving the real Mitzvah and not depleting it by using it for a purpose it was not really intended. Hence, rather than making a chillul Hashem as I mistakenly thought, it turns out that he really made a Kiddush Hashem. I consequently apologize and retract my former remarks entirely.

  • BrooklynCouch

    I thought it was a great segment! The only question I have is, was it the producers, or the Rabbi that decided to go “all in” on the Yiddishisms, etc..

  • Whoa! Lawrence…
    Your criticisms are unbecoming and, in my humble opinion, incorrect.
    Watching what you write is as important as watching what you say…
    Personally, I find the whole entrepreneurial enterprise uplifting and wonderful!
    May Rabbi Weiss go from strength to strength!

  • In my opinion Mr Kulak did something and made a fool oh himself by writing that comment. Firstly, it’s wrong. Secondly, it’s stupid.

  • What a silly comment. The show always airs the same day/time, regardless of who is on it. If anything he made a kiddush Hashem by presenting himself as an intelligent and mentchlich person, not a backwards person stuck in the last century. I bet there is at least one person on earth who is less intimidated by a bearded rabbi after watching this episode. My nonobservant in-laws watch this show all the time and they thought he was great.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    In my opinion, Rabbi Weiss did something stupid and made a chillul Hashem. first, everybody knows that it is a positive Mitzvah to lend money to somebody for ZERO interest, so why should any Rabbi have to publicly go to the Goyim and give away much more than interest on a loan.
    Secondly, the show was aired on Shabbos which could constitute the sin of Lifnei Ever for Jews who might be tempted to sit in front of their tv sets on Friday Night.
    Rabbi Weiss gave the left wing homosexualists at ABC and Disney a chance to mock the Orthodox jewis by airing the program on Shabbos. It could have been on any other day of the week instead but they deliberately choses Shabbos.
    The self made businessmen on the show’s panel are all decent people but the same cannot be said for ABC managment. The network has a history of anti-semitism.

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