“Hava Nagila” this ain’t.
Two Brooklyn women are upsetting the Jewish order with an in-your-face brand of worldly rock music.
Hasidic duo Dalia Shusterman and Perl Wolfe would normally blend into their Crown Heights neighborhood as easily as large stoops or double-parked cars. But stand them behind a microphone or a set of drums and they become a sexy rock duo with its own cult following.
“We have standards that we believe in, and they’re very clear to us,” said Shusterman, lead singer of the group Bulletproof Stockings. “We want to be role models, but we can’t make everybody happy.”
The band, named for the opaque pantyhose many Hasidic women wear, naturally has to balance the fine line between the secular and the Hasidic. For example, they only perform in front of women.
But there’s an upside to that, they said.
“Women will party and rock out in a completely different way when there’s nobody there but women,” said Wolfe, 26, who favors sheer stockings paired with stilettos when she and her band mate hit the stage.
“We don’t perform for men because there is a mitzvah [Jewish commandment] that they’re not supposed to listen to women sing. So we’re trying to be respectful.”
You can't please everybody, so just please yourself. Kudos to these talented ladies!