Friday, / May 24, 2024
Home / news

‘Disturbed’ Lead Vocalist Meets Chabad at the Kotel

During Israel visit in response to soldier’s killing, rock singer dons tefillin at the Kotel

Camera crews jostled with security personnel, reporters, and fans as heavy metal star David Draiman made his way across the plaza towards the Kotel (Western Wall). A young man dressed in typical Chasidic garb cut through the throng and approached him. “David, would you like to put on tefillin?” asked Rabbi Shmuli Weiss, Chabad representative to the Kotel. “Aww, it’s been so long since I’ve done that,” the singer replied.

As fans watched and cameras flashed, David wrapped tefillin and said the Shema prayer. “Lubavitchers will always take care of you,” he remarked as he posed for a picture with Chabad at the Kotel representatives.

The American singer/songwriter, most famously known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band, “Disturbed,” is in Israel on a six-day visit in response to last week’s terrorist attack in which South African Lone Soldier Eli Kay, 26, was shot dead, and four others wounded, by a Hamas terrorist. Draiman told the Jerusalem Post that he came to Israel to make a statement in light of the biased reporting of the event in the media. “The coverage was reprehensible in the vast majority of American and European media,” said Draiman. “It’s scandalous how they presented it. Headlines like ‘Palestinian shot dead.’ Well, why was the Palestinian shot dead? Because he was perpetrating a terrorist attack. I love how the context is always flipped around.”

David lit a candle at the spot where Eli was murdered and prayed at the Kotel. “A truly wonderful day,” he captioned the pictures he shared in his Instagram post.

Surrounded by media and fans, David Draiman wraps tefillin at the Kotel.
David Draiman recites a prayer at the Kotel.
David Draiman poses with Chabad of the Kotel representatives.
A metal fan lays tefilin, following David Draiman’s example.

Comment 1


Related Articles
Turn Our Eulogies to Dance
Israel’s military cantors have had little reprieve during this war. The units, which usually officiate at formal state events, have been leading funerals back to…
Changing The Conversation: Ditzah Or
Baila Olidort speaks with Ditzah Or
Around the World, it’s Purim in Israel
Chabad Centers Showcase Jewish Connection to the Holy Land with Israel-Themed Purim Events
With Mitzvahs and Prayers, Jewish Communities Celebrate Hostage Rescue
When 70-year-old Louis Har and 60-year-old Fernando Simon Marman were rescued in a daring joint operation involving the IDF and Israeli police and intelligence, Jewish…
Find Your Local Chabad Center