June 2, 2017
“The Wedding Plan,” American-Israeli director Rama Burshtein’s follow-up to her award-winning “Fill the Void,” has been very successful in Israel and is now the midst of its American theatrical run.
While still focusing on insular Israeli Haredi, Burshtein has gone from deep drama to romantic comedy. Serious viewers, however, should not despair. Although a brief plot description—a woman plans a wedding without a groom, hoping one will show up—sounds like it could be a zany comedy filled with ridiculously over-the-top characters and screwball situations, it is nothing of the sort. In fact, the film could actually be seen as a religious meditation on theology and the possibility of miracles.
March 27, 2017
You know that book Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten? Well, it could also be argued that everything you need to know can be learned from the Biblical book of Genesis. Filmmaker and Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz is certainly one who claims that. He believes that the first book of the Bible contains guiding principles for a better society.
March 15, 2016
Twenty years is a long time. It can turn an idealistic young man into a cynical middle aged man. He can forget the passion of his youth, the deep feelings of hope he had for the future as he looked to inspiring leaders who were trying hard and risking their lives to change things.