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Chabad Women Rocking in ‘Bulletproof Stockings’ (Video)

Rocking custom sheitels and opaque tights, Dalia Shusterman and Perl Wolfe have the Hasidic world talking and singing.
Dalia Shusterman and Perl Wolfe -- Bulletproof Stockings

Dalia Shusterman and Perl Wolfe -- Bulletproof Stockings

Rocking custom sheitels and opaque tights, and walking the sidewalks of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Dalia Shusterman and Perl Wolfe have the Hasidic world talking – and singing along to the tunes of their Hasidic alternative rock girl band, Bulletproof Stockings.

Featured in the New York Post and the Times of Israel in the last month, Shusterman, the recently widowed mother of four boys under the age of 8 and Wolfe, a young divorcee, appear the picture of Chabad normalcy.

But while their influences are rather “unorthodox” – Radio Head, Jane’s Addiction, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, they are not.  While they do not appear to fill the conventional roles typically adhered to by the women of Chabad Lubavitch, and have raised concerns that they may be poor role models to young Jewish women, Shusterman and Wolfe maintain their commitment to doing things Torah-style.

Their soulful crooning is women-only, in accordance with the rabbinic prohibition of “kol isha”, making live singing performances by women off-limits to men.  They said they don’t view the restriction as a limitation, however, viewing it rather as an opportunity for women to commune in an environment of free expression.

In their interviews, the duo said they hope other Jewish women will get musical, and shed the misconception that Jewish women do not sing or perform.

Shusterman is a veteran percussionist on the indie rock scene who found Chabad Lubavitch in September 2001, when a chassid handed her a flyer for a Sukkot event in Crown Heights.  She fell in love with Jewish spirituality, and a man she met that night, and ended up the wife of a rabbi and mother of four boys.  Her husband passed away in the spring.

Wolfe was a rebellious teen who left the Chabad path her music-loving ba’al teshuva parents had forged for her. She came back to observance after a year in Israel, and ultimately returned to Crown Heights in 2008 after her marriage fell apart.

Wolfe, the singer and song writer, says her songs are inspired by the Torah and by her Lubavitch faith.  She says she prays before she writes lyrics, asking God to inspire her with messages which will be meaningful to her audience.

Listen to Bulletproof Stockings on Myspace.

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4 Responses to “Chabad Women Rocking in ‘Bulletproof Stockings’ (Video)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    While Israel was cautioned that Nina is just like Holy Land on which they are living, in usual monkey madness they has sent her to the East. Where she is begin forced to marry Israeli replacement. Maybe never returning.

    In response, as warned, Lord will throw this stone on 11 November, delivering his mystical Spear of Destiny to Russian Embassy. At the other hand, through Plebiscite 596+ he will be slurping Trojak wine , causing Israel to disappear. This way or another. Even if it will be nuclear one, as was in case of his grandfather Hiroshima and Nagasaki.. More: http://lnk.ms/dKV3R

    IMPORTANT UPDATE

    Just after posting my Nina response I had meet replaced Israeli Sigismund, it means that she is still on Western side of border. MY RESPONSE IS CLEAR AND IT CAN BE NUCLEAR, AS WITH WITKACY. They now that I know both fiances since childhood and I expect both of them.

    Moreover with Nina I was in same class during primary class. There is no way to cheat me, as my grandfather made portraits of both. It is worse that was in St. Petersburg, as Israeli are now living on my land.

    CAST YOUR VOTE. MAKE YOUR BET. BET-CHORON…
    More: http://tautur.tumblr.com/post/34482695654

  2. Ariella Zeitlin-Hoffman says:

    Seriously this band needs better videos. Can't beleive that this is the only video they have when they're being featured all over the place!

  3. indie Judaica at its finest!

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