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Meet the 'Tichel Cuties'

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Look what just hit the Internet — the Tichel Cuties (tichel being the scarf that traditionally observant Jewish women wear over their hair once they are married) singing a kosher version of some Lady Gaga songs. Well, it may be kosher, but it’s not so innocent. The sexual overtones — not to mention some of the lyrics — in this video caused me to be pretty sure that this is all a satire. … Right?

The video was posted to YouTube as an “Ofn Tisch” (Yiddish for “on the table”) production by site member “dugree” (Hebrew/Arabic slang for “telling it straight” – as in, no bullshitting around). But if you look closely, you can see that it bears the mark of the Bible Raps Project duo Matt Bar and Ori Salzberg. Salberg can be seen in some of his videos wearing a T-shirt imprinted with “dati l’lo kippah,” which means non-yarmulke-wearing religious Jew.

Most importantly, it’s stated at the end of “Chagaga! (Tichel Cuties)” that “No actual married women appeared in this video.” Whew, what a relief.

Watch the video:

Update: Read an interview with one of the day school girls behind the video here.

Renee Ghert-Zand is an educator and writer. She blogs at Truth, Praise and Help, where a version of this post originally appeared.


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