The Jewish World: Finland
Finland is home to some 1,500 Jews whose ancestors were mostly traders and merchants who came from other parts of Europe. Jewish life in the country continues and recently the community appointed its first Finnish-speaking chief rabbi. Mazel tov!
Why Judiasm, Jewish Faith and Culture is Important
Words from a wise Jewish grandmother. You can learn a lot from a someone who has seen a lot of life. My Jewish grandmother explains why her Jewish faith is important to her culturally.
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A Life Apart: Hasidism in America – Part 1 – 9
Hasidic Jews seem alien, and even hostile, to those outside their culture,which frequently includes other Jews. They dress differently, don’t mingle between the sexes, speak Yiddish, and wear side curls, all in an attempt to rigorously follow the commandments of the Torah. They tend to keep to themselves, shunning television and the media so outside influences cannot corrupt their values and views. Yet filmmakers Oren Rudavsky and Menachem Daum were able to enter their world, and the result is the fascinating documentary A Life Apart: Hasidism in America. Using interviews with academics and members of the community and some historical footage, the filmmakers trace the growth of Hasidic groups in the United States. Groups formed around particular Rebbes (learned leaders) and they took their names from their Eastern European home cities (the Satmar Hasids, the Breslov Hasids, and so on). Leonard Nimoy and Sarah Jessica Parker narrate, explaining how this movement came to America and how it was able to flourish. Dissenting voices also appear, in the form of neighborhood people who are distressed at the Hasids’ refusal to speak to members not in their community and of a young woman, Pearl Gluck, who left the community in order to pursue her writing and to follow a life of her own choosing. Many Hasids refuse to speak on camera, and we see many shielding themselves with hands or coats so as not to appear on film. But those who do appear are poignant in their discussions of why the Hasidic life is important to them. One man speaks to the directors, even as he acknowledges that he will never see the movie, but he will do it “in order to help a Jew make a living.” One couple, Holocaust survivors, are not Hasidic, but their children are, and the reasonings of both the parents and the children are interesting. This film, shown on PBS, is a consequential look into a lifestyle many of us don’t understand, and it may help in increasing an understanding.
Channel of Breslev Israel
Breslev Israel Films is your cyber haven for love, soul, and joy.
Spreading the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev of blessed memory, and our contemporary spiritual leader Rabbi Shalom Arush, our English-speaking rabbis include (alphabetically) Dr. Zev Ballen, Rabbi Lazer Brody, Rabbi Dror Moshe Cassutto, Rabbi Elchanan Elgorod, and Rabbi Natan Maimon.
Our channel also features inspirational clips and music from the Jewish music world’s leading performers.
Check out our multi-language web portal at http://www.breslev.co.il.
The Jewish World
Jewish life in Ukraine today: Yaakov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine and Vice-President of the WJC, offers his perspective on the challenges ahead of one of the biggest Jewish communities in Europe. Distributed by OneLoad.com
Centre for Jewish Life – London·
Transformational Tuesdays: TED Style – Keith Breslauer
The Centre for Jewish Life offers a varied and exciting programme of discovery as you explore classic and mystical themes in a format tailored to you.
From one-to-one learning sessions to discussion groups and lectures, you have an open invitiation to join us for a personal journey that promises to enlighten and satisfy – whatever your previous experience of Jewish study.
Whether you are asking the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, or you’ve come along to hear an internationally respected speaker, you’re equally welcome.
Whatever the case, it’s never too late to find out more about your Jewish Heritage – if you don’t find what you’re looking for, just ask! Our programme is your programme.
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Jewish Music Report ⋅ Kol Isha
Coming soon: the music video for Beri Weber’s Chabadzkapella, produced by Divine Productions’ CD Eichler, due out hopefully next week. Photos .