Drag Rebbetzin

Amichai Lavie-Lau – a former orthodox Israeli now residing in New York, and a nephew of the former chief rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau – has the energy and creativity the Jewish establishment so desparately needs:

Rebbetzin Hadassah Gross has a mission in life… During the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the rebbetzin goes onstage in south Manhattan and tries to convince about 150 young Jews that the time has come to repent – or, as she, puts it: to figure out “how I can make my tuches [backside] better than my tuches last year.”

[…] The drag-queen performance as a rebbetzin is only a part of the repertoire of Lau-Lavie and the “Storahtelling” troupe he heads in New York. The members of the troupe try to reintroduce Judaism to the younger generation, to turn the synagogue into a more understandable and interesting experience, and Judaism into a more experiential and relevant issue. And Lau-Lavie does it with pantyhose, blue eye-shadow and high heels.

Check out Storahtelling‘s website.

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