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The opinions, facts and any media content in them are presented solely by the authors, and neither The Times of Israel nor its partners assume any responsibility for them. Please contact us in case of abuse. In case of abuse, Report this post. Hundreds of engineers and their families gathered in the Israel Aerospace Industries cafeteria in Yehud to watch a live feed of the launch of the Beresheet spacecraft on February 22, In both instances, the idea of exploring the unknown goes hand-in-hand with learning from wherever our adventures take us.
Meanwhile, back on earth, Israel was made proud when Israeli director Guy Nattiv who had shot for the stars, won the Oscar for his live action short, Skin. In digging under the surface to address the topic of white supremacists in America, Nattiv, who is developing a full-length film of the same name, imparts a lesson for us all.
As Nattiv pointed out in his acceptance speech, bigotry is alive and well. This understanding is also the anti-thesis of grouping people into categories and using labels to discount them. When we see stories of people from backgrounds very different from our own, we can understand how similar we actually really are.
We all have the same feelings. I think that is one of the reasons my husband and I, like a number of friends, find ourselves taken with the Israeli series Shtisel on Netflix.
It too looks past the outside to see what is on the inside. So while we are taking a look into the insular haredi community that is often all too easy to lump together as a sea of black hats, we are also very much engaged with protagonist, Akiva Shtisel, and his family. Complex emotions produced by personal relationships happen everywhere. This week, we also saw two movies during the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival that engaged the audience with very different haredi leads.
Outback Rabbis follows two Chabad rabbis as they travel through more remote areas in Australia trying to locate Jewish people. While the findings were scarce, the trek was beautiful. And, as an aside, we learned that more Holocaust survivors moved to Australia than anywhere else…but that they tended to hide their identity and background.
Weaving humor into what would otherwise be a morbid and sad tale, the characters draw us into the world they live in, helping the viewer understand what not everyone should intuitively know: No one is a two dimensional character. To me, this is as clear as the moon is in the sky and as important as day is to night. About the Author Born in Brooklyn and raised on Lawn Guyland, Wendy lived in Jerusalem for over a decade submerged in Israeli culture; she has been soaked in Southern life in metro Atlanta since returning to the U.
Recently remarried, this Ashkenazi mom of three Mizrahi sons, 26, 23 and 19, splits her time between managing knowledge in corporate America, pursuing a dual masters in public administration and integrated global communications, blogging, relentlessly Facebooking, once-in-a-while veejaying, enjoying the arts and digging out of the post-move carton chaos of her and her husband’s melded household.
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