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Jerusalem - Bnei Brak Bride Drums Up A Storm With Bandstand Performance

Published on: February 28, 2019 09:30 PM
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Jerusalem - An Israeli bride who decided to surprise her new husband by playing a 15 minute drum set at the end of their wedding found herself the subject of controversy after rabbis in Bnei Brak deemed her short stint on the bandstand an unacceptable violation of the laws of modesty.

Ynet (https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5470813,00.html) reported that 19 year old Shifra Hershkowitz and Itzik Rusk got married approximately two weeks ago at Achuzat Wagshal, a recently renovated wedding hall located in the heart of Bnei Brak on Rechov HaRav Meltzer. 

The hall itself is under the strict supervision of a highly respected name in Israeli kashrus, Badatz Eidah Chareidis, which demands strict separations between men and women at all times during events at the hall.

As Hershkowitz took her turn on the drums, much to the apparent delight of her new husband and others, she was accompanied by the Yoely Dickman band, with pictures and videos of the bride’s bandstand performance making the rounds on social media.  Dickman, a popular musical choice at Charedi events, was advised by the Eidah Chareidis to issue an apology for allowing Hershkowitz to play, and in a letter printed two days ago on the Badatz letterhead, Dickman described the happenings and his regrets.

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“We are deeply disturbed by what happened last week at the Wagshal hall in Bnei Brak, something that never should have happened and a terrible affront to the laws of modesty,” wrote Dickman.  “We are taking responsibility to make sure that this never happens again and we will strengthen ourselves even further to keep safeguards in place to ensure that modesty is respected.  We also take it upon ourselves that if G-d forbid, something like this ever happens again we agree that a public ban will be enacted that will prevent us from ever performing at any future celebrations.”

Hershkowitz has been playing piano for years, taking up drums only recently at a music school in Tel Aviv, reported Ynet (https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5464998,00.html). She told Dickman weeks ago that she was considering playing at her own wedding, something he felt was an excellent idea.  The two decided to make a final decision on surprising Rusk at the wedding, and when Dickman suggested that Hershkowitz take the drumsticks at the affair, she agreed.

Rusk, a 27 year old photographer, was thrilled by the surprise, joining his new wife on the bandstand, said Dickman.

“The joy when she got up there and starting playing was off the charts,” said Dickman.

Hershkowitz admitted that no one in her family knew that she had been considering playing at the wedding, her performance catching everyone off guard.

“Everyone loved it,” said Rusk.  “Because both of us come from the world of photography, many of our guests were photographers and we got very warm feedback.  People told us that they enjoyed it immensely and that they have never seen anything like it before.”



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 Mar 01, 2019 at 12:17 AM HolyMoe Says:

Miriam Haneviah played a drum right after krias yam suf and the Torah makes a point of telling us about it. So what's the big deal?

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 03:34 AM FSMYID Says:

Weddings have become a circus. And by the way, he dress is too tight.

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 03:35 AM lazy-boy Says:

WAIT !
If this is considered not modest by the Eida, why are you showing us this?
Also, if this is not modest, maybe the Eida should fire the moshkiachs?

But this was their simcha, the food was kosher, the dancing was kosher, so she played the drums, never before seen in any kosher wedding hall.

May they have a wonderful life together based on Torah and Chesed!

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 03:40 AM Anonymous Says:

I wouldn't get so outraged at her. The men have allowed weddings to become circuses and she is being affected by the environment the men and have created. The loud music is the first problem.

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 03:45 AM Easygoing770 Says:

Mazel Tov Shifra & Itzik. Beautiful wedding! Hashem should Always protect you both. Bracha & Hatzlacha!!

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 06:59 AM Gersey Says:

While they are entitled to their opinion and psak, here we have kallah celebrating not only her wedding, ( passed the yom kippur test ) but was eager to show her ability. Exactly who do they think will work to support the yungerman shteiging away.They forget the posuk , That her heart was lifted.כָּל אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר נְשָׂאוֹ לִבּוֹ

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 07:37 AM What ever Says:

Wild stuff

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 08:47 AM Not getting involved Says:

I’m sure her family is real proud!

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 09:28 AM Emes- Says:

Bdatz has the the hechsher of the hall. They have the right to dictate the rules. If you can't follow the rules go to another hall with a differ hechsher. It's pretty simple.

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 09:40 AM yamsar Says:

Reply to #2  
HolyMoe Says:

Miriam Haneviah played a drum right after krias yam suf and the Torah makes a point of telling us about it. So what's the big deal?

I guess the Torah omits the part that she did it in front of cheering men.

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 10:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
yamsar Says:

I guess the Torah omits the part that she did it in front of cheering men.

She didn't. What the Torah DOES say is that she did it together with all the women. It was a women only event.

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 10:21 AM Uselogic Says:

Reply to #2  
HolyMoe Says:

Miriam Haneviah played a drum right after krias yam suf and the Torah makes a point of telling us about it. So what's the big deal?

Miriam Hanevuah did not go to the men's section and play for them. slight difference there!!!

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 10:29 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Weddings are fun. Drum riffs are fun.

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 11:25 AM Anonymous Says:

The singer ...Oey !!!

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 11:47 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #2  
HolyMoe Says:

Miriam Haneviah played a drum right after krias yam suf and the Torah makes a point of telling us about it. So what's the big deal?

Must be a new pshat in Koshah zivugim k'kriyas yom suf.

The gemara wants to teach us that Miriam got in trouble for playing the drum, just like a kallah at her own wedding.

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 11:50 AM qazxc Says:

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Emes- Says:

Bdatz has the the hechsher of the hall. They have the right to dictate the rules. If you can't follow the rules go to another hall with a differ hechsher. It's pretty simple.

They can't change the rules retroactively and they shouldn't humiliate people publicly.

See? Its simple!

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 12:14 PM Faye Says:

Reply to #2  
HolyMoe Says:

Miriam Haneviah played a drum right after krias yam suf and the Torah makes a point of telling us about it. So what's the big deal?

Miriam HaNiviah and the women moved far away from the men and played the drums to drown out the sound of their singing.

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 12:54 PM qazxc Says:

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Faye Says:

Miriam HaNiviah and the women moved far away from the men and played the drums to drown out the sound of their singing.

They didn't like the way the men sang?

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 01:45 PM ssteinberg Says:

She surprised her new husband, Choson Domeh la Melech. And isn't is Hashem who gave her the musical talent. Any apology made, should be made to the Choson and Kallah for trying to spoil a beautiful Simcha. She did NOTHING and compromised her tznius.

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 01:45 PM Random Says:

Reply to #2  
HolyMoe Says:

Miriam Haneviah played a drum right after krias yam suf and the Torah makes a point of telling us about it. So what's the big deal?

Not in front of the men!

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 Mar 01, 2019 at 04:45 PM CHANA1 Says:

Mazel tov!
Good job Kallah! You should have bracha vhatzlacga. Ignore the haters.

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 Mar 02, 2019 at 09:09 PM Faye Says:

Reply to #19  
qazxc Says:

They didn't like the way the men sang?

The women moved far away from the men and banged on drums so that the men would not hear the women singing, for reasons of modesty.

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