Excellent insights into a community so few understand in America
Not being a New York City native, I can't recall ever having had any
interactions with Hasidic Jews. Sure, on trips to the Big Apple, I've
seen them on the streets here and there but like most in my country, I
know very little about them--especially since this sect of Judaism is
one that generally avoids the media and lives in small tight-knit
enclaves in New York and a few other places in the world--not here
where I live in Florida. So, because of my ignorance, I really liked
being able to have a rare glimpse into their community and families.
Despite wanting to be very separate culturally, these people seemed
generally open to explaining to others their customs and lifestyle. For
that, I felt like I'd been granted a rare privilege and it would be
nice to see more films like this. I've heard that there are similar
films about the Amish and Muslims--these would be a nice complement to
The part I appreciated the most were interviews with non-Jews.
Listening to their suspicions and trepidation about these people and
then seeing that there really isn't anything to fear about Hasidism was
a nice opportunity.
As far as the film goes technically, it was well-constructed--with nice
music, appropriate interviews and a nice gentle pacing. All this left
me with an admiration, of sorts, for these gentle people..
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A Life Apart: Hasidism In America properly demonstrates whats really happening today. .
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A Life Apart: Hasidism In America shows how hasidic jews live.
An Interesting View Of Hasidism
This movie was an amazing look at Hasidism, the extreme Jewish group
that behave and dress in a rather bizarre manner. The movie reminded me
of Jesus Camp, a horror documentary about the indoctrination of
Christian children. A Life Apart is similar in the respect that it
involves indoctrination of vulnerable Jewish children. This branch of
Judaism can only be considered an anachronism and projects an
exclusivity that is rather frightening. The manner in which they lived,
particularly in Eastern Europe, invited persecution.
Like most religions, Hasidism is patriarchal and women are relegated to
a role of being essentially baby machines. The average family has ten
children which results in an economic burden for most families. They
have their own schools, and like all church schools, library books are
rigidly censored. Members of this cult, and it is a cult, don't
interact with other members of society and believe that they are
superior to any other. The clothing worn by the men is dreadful as is
the strange head-ware and they appear to have a fetish about beards and
hair. Most of the men wear thick coke-bottle glasses.
I found the movie fascinating but these people are from another era. I
find their society very similar to that of Islam a religion with which
they are in constant conflict. I came away from this film feeling very
sorry for the members trapped within it and particularly for the
children. Very sad but an eye opener..