Shelly began covering her hair when she was expecting her first son, Joshua. She had been on a Jewish journey, reclaiming her roots, together with her husband Martin (now Moshe.) As they deepened their observance and began to take on new practices, covering her hair was the final plunge into full acceptance of Jewish life. We have the pleasure of seeing Shelly pretty often here in Baltimore. She wraps her tichels beautifully and looks like a warm, loving princess as she cares for the toddlers in her daycare and for her own kids. This past year, Shelly’s new baby needed surgery and multiple hospitalizations. Throughout all the stress, this beautiful woman kept and even calm presence and reached out for support when she needed it. We love Shelly’s soft, elegant style, often using thinner scarves and sashes to create quiet layers accented by a pin or headband (or both!) We asked her about her tichels and this is what she said. “I love it! I find myself looking for clothing to match my tichels instead of the other way around. I was never a girly girl (I still am not) but I’m loving adding all these pins and accessories. It’s just fun!” Shelly, you are definitely a Wrap Star!
I was in love with Judaism and in love with the idea of head covering. The laws of tznius (modesty)came easily and naturally to me. The problem, for me, was not the mitzvah (commandment) or the idea. The problem was in the practice. I just felt…frumpy. The hair on my wig was constantly in my face. I wore my bandfall to work to avoid this, but then I’d have to be in a headband every day. I look young as it is, and the headband look was just not doing anything for me. You also can’t lie down and relax in a wig, so it would rarely stay on all day and then I’d be back in a pre-tied. Hats didn’t work for me and pre-tied tichels while being comfortable looked so unattractive. It was Mother’s day a few month ago when Andrea and Rivka Malka came to St. Louis for a Wrapunzel show. I was completely overwhelmed with all of the beautiful scarves they brought. I just brought a couple over to Andrea and helplessly handed them to her mumbling something along the lines of, “I have no idea what I’m doing with these. I got this to go with this…” She took a look and paired two of the scarves I picked together, though not two that I thought would go together, and tied them around my head in a magnificent crown. [ I continue to wrap now whenever I need to feel extra special.] I’ll never forget all the “Wow!” [...]
Meet Ariella! When we first met, I was like, “There’s another blonde, funky, frum (Torah observant), classical musician string player in the world?! Yay!” She seriously rocks my socks off! Here are some gorgeous, fun photos of her, and an interview! You’ll love hearing what she has to say! Hi Ariella, can you tell us a bit about yourself, how you spend your time, what you love to do, where you live, etc.? Hey there everyone, I’m Ariella Zeitlin-Hoffman, a violinist from Israel. I grew up in Baltimore, and made aliyah to Israel when I was 18 (on my birthday) spent a year learning Hebrew, and then went into the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where I met Andrea and her husband Yonatan. Music is a huge part of my life-My parents are kind of the hippie rock stars of the community we lived in, and their Simchat Beit HaShoeva was the place to be for years and years-Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach used to pop in yearly, but I don’t remember him so I don’t have any great stories except there was one year that the whole sukka fell over and I remember a feeling of panic because they were expecting a hundred or so people. My grandfather, Zvi Zeitlin was considered by the NY Times to be the Methuselah of violin players-making a full recital on his 90th birthday! Today I play one of his violins and use a bow which was made exclusively for him by a jeweler named Henry Kasten. So [...]
Rivka Malka came over today to plan for our upcoming workshops/shows and I could not get over how awesome her outfit was! Especially on this rainy day! “What shows?” you may be asking; well, we have 7 (maybe even 8!) planned between now and June 8th… craziness! My next post will be giving those dates […]
The highlight of the day was our presentation. We spoke to a an intimate crowd of fifteen; honestly curious about the Jewish take on head covering. So much of what we said resonated with people of other faiths. After the workshop, one Muslim man came over to us. "I like what you said. I have eight sisters who all cover their hair. I'm going to tell them about this. About celebrating it as a gift. I really like that! A quote from Andrea in the workshop " The day after I got married, I covered my hair and I felt free. I felt liberated. No more was I just the blonde cellist. The hair that defined me for so long, though I had done nothing to earn it, was away, and I could finally be me. Check out the most incredibly gorgeous new tichel here!
Last night Wrapuzel headed out to Passaic, NJ where we were hosted by Naomi Malahk for an exuberant night of hair wrapping! It was also Andrea’s B-day! One of the highlights of the night was the three sets of mothers and daughters that came. “Mom, you look beautiful!!” To see more pictures go to our facebook page!
Quick story. Today my son asked “What is your dream car? I said “A Jeep.” What? Since when was I into Jeeps? I had no idea where I got that from, and then I realized. When someone you love, loves something, it becomes more beautiful in your eyes. I had heard my daughter talk about Jeeps so much that its tarted to have a special charm for me. That’s one of the reasons its so powerful to love yourself. When you truly love who you are, other are endeared to you too. Appreciating something (even yourself) brings out it’s beauty. Hadassa, Rivka Malka’s 17 year old loves Jeeps and took these pictures. As you know from video tutorials Rivka Malka is crazy about texture. When we found this tichel, the colors amazed us. It even comes in 4 other variations! But it was the texture that was the real treat. We hurried to try it on and then we just weren’t sure. One minute we were crazy about it, the next, we thought it was too much. It led us to ask the question; how much texture is too much texture? We want your thoughts on this! I know! After talking about too much texture I go and add a brown textured headband in front of the tichel. It just needed it! So what do you think of the tichel? Too much texture or sheer awesomeness?
This was reprinted from Aish.com. check out how Andrea is the author’s inspiration!!! High Priestess by Liba Pearson The shmata on my head is a statement as bold as my red curls: I am proud to be a Jew. I grew up in a home that was deeply Jewishly identified – active in our synagogue and community – though we didn’t keep a traditionally observant household. Becoming a rabbi was one of professional options in the back of my head; after all, Jewishness was the most significant part of my identity and self-understanding. (Except maybe being a redhead.) Sometime around the end of college, I started reading more about Jewish thought and practice. Over a period of several years, I added more traditional observance to my life, weighing carefully what rituals appealed to me and which didn’t. Eventually, much to my surprise, I fell completely off the deep end and embraced a lifestyle guided fully by Jewish law. There were plenty of aspects that didn’t appeal to me, but I had made a decision that one cannot embrace the system piecemeal or the system falls apart. And then, there was that aspect of Law: It doesn’t get applied based on what you like or don’t. One of the aspects I most struggled with was the requirement that women cover their hair after marriage. (See above: Redhead.) I didn’t care whether I had to wear a full-on hijab (we don’t do that) or one of those little lace beanies some women wore to temple when I was growing up, [...]
Pic above – The goat munching on my tichel at the picnic! Andrea and I go to the same synagogue – Tiferes Yisroel. One thing we love about our about our community is it’s diversity. About 90% of the congregation only started observing Shabbos and other aspects of Jewish life, as adults. This makes them seekers and an incredibly creative, eclectic spiritual congregation rich in life experience and wisdom. Each week when we go to shul we notice more and more women coming in colorful tichels. It’s getting harder and harder for our husbands to spot us in a crowd! Yesterday, at our synagogue’s picnic we spotted these lovely ladies. Today you can meet them too! ———————————————————— Batsheva and Elaine Batsheva and Elaine have been friends for a long time. Both of them are warm welcoming hosts to dozens of people. They’re some of the first people I met when I moved to Baltimore 14 years ago. Elaine is a graphic designer (and an outrageous cook!) and Batsheva works with her husband in his insanely creative marketing firm, Brandlauncher. Both of them started experimenting with tichels just a few months ago. Mesa Mesa and her husband Ed hosted the picnic on their 27 acre farm. There they garden, raise llamas, goats and chickens. They moved to the farm this year after years of city life .and a stint in New Mexico where Dr. Ed was recovering from an injury. Mesa is a Pediatrician and the kids love her. These days though, Dr. Mesa Baker has become Farmer [...]
You may have heard that Wrapunzel is a success. And it is. No one is rolling in riches, but the success is that somehow across the Great Divide and through channels that were previously cold and superficial, we’ve built a community. And by we, we don’t just mean the two of us. We mean every Wrapunzel woman who chooses to participate in our vision of kindness, color and unity. We have seen women helping women through pain, loss and career change. We have seen women hold each others hands as they take a step towards modesty and head covering. We have seen rape victims come to life with support and cancer sufferers find a measure of comfort in looking good. We have seen new life breathed into the hearts of those who became religious as adults but were never able to integrate a pretty appearance with Torah law, and who now walk with their heads held high. It’s a web of light stretching in all directions. And now it has reached a new corner. It could be any of us. Any of us, could be down and out, but this Wrapunzel friend is down and out for real. Our friend Chava, has reached past the point of anonymity. Past the point of pride and past the point of hope. She is simply desperate. A single mother with a violent ex husband about to be out on the streets. We know Chava from our online group and she is fierce. Fiercely loyal, fiercely brave, fiercely kind, fiercely [...]