Moshe and Mali Bellanga are dirt poor and childless, having joined the Breslov Hassidic community in Jerusalem as adults. Their powerful faith is tested by their childlessness, and by their poverty, as well. Their love, and their marriage, are severely tested when Moshe pays an extraordinary sum for a gorgeous etrog in preparing for the Sukkot holiday. “Friends” from his former life, now escaped convicts, soon visit, and matters get extraordinarily complicated. The Hardei community is the source of much contention in Israel, largely because Haredim do not serve in the army. But this touching film, in which the actors themselves are Hardeim and married to each other, casts an entirely different, and loving, light on this poorly understood community. A beautiful film.
Post Date March 22, 2009
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About Daniel Gordis
Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. The author of numerous books on Jewish thought and currents in Israel, and a recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism.
Acclaim for Daniel Gordis
Daniel Gordis is one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers
Prof. Alan DershowitzRenowned legal and political commentator; Best-selling author of "The Case for Israel"
Gordis makes his readers and listeners think with him in depth, in nuance, and with reasoned flexibility about the present and the future of Israel, Judaism, and humankind.
Rabbi Haskel LooksteinKehillat Jeshurun, New York
If you asked me, ‘of all the people you know, who cares the most about the physical, moral and spiritual health of Israel?’ I would put the commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis at the top of the list.
Jeffrey GoldbergThe Atlantic
Through his intelligent, informed, concerned, and insightful writings, Daniel Gordis pushes the Jewish people in both Israel and the Diaspora to pay thoughtful attention to the great issues of the day.
Rabbi David Ellenson, PhDChancellor, Hebrew Union College
My synagogue continually clamors for Daniel Gordis to visit us again. There simply is not a more effective speaker on Israel — its problems and wonders — than Dr. Daniel Gordis.
Rabbi David WolpeSenior Rabbi of Sinai TempleLos Angeles
Daniel Gordis is perhaps the single most popular speaker on Israel to American Jewish audiences
Leonard FeinFounder, National Jewish Coalition for Literacy, and Co-founder, Moment Magazine.