I was thinking of putting this under "Yiddish" because the short-film starts in Yiddish, but think it would be better under "general chatter" but maybe I'll enter it under "Yiddish" as well
So, here's the challenge. If you feel up to it, go to "YouTube" and click on the short 15-minute film by Billy Lumby entitled; "Samuel- 613. The film takes place in England, in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.
Then, after watching it, ask yourself the following questions and come up with answers, the film has some "not-so-kosher" words in it, but, not that many, if you can overlook those, continue, then, here are the questions to ponder on.
1. Why is dad upset about "Shmuli" going to the "newsagent?" 2. What did he buy from the newsagent? 3. Do you think he is getting tired of the "Orthodox Jewish lifestyle?". If so, why ? 4. Does Samuel (Shmuli) rebel against the "norms" of his family? 5. What are the three indications that he indeed does? 6. How does he respond to the rabbi's story of the "Parrot?" 7. What does he do upon leaving the dining room? 8. What does he do in his bedroom to show his rebellion? NOW THE SCENE CHANGES TO A FLAT IN LONDON. 9. How does his "lifestyle change" affect him? what happens when he eats the bacon and drinks the wine?. 10. Is the name "Jezebel" symbolic of the world? what happens when he meets her? does he pretend to be someone he's not? if yes, why? 11. Why does he beat his head on the wall and hit himself on the side of his head? do you think he is frustrated? if so, why? 12. In the end, what does he tie on his arm? do you think he returns to his other life, a life of being Orthodox? or does he stay in the world?
Conclusion: In Judaism, there is a lot of tradition, ways of life, like Rev Tevya said in "Fiddler on the roof" "We always wear our prayer shawls, and I'll tell you why, I don't know, but it's a tradition.
Well, if Rev Tevya had paid attention in the synagogue, he would know why. It is a commandment! to remember the mitzvoth of Adonai.
If one follows tradition, for tradition sake, and have not the foggiest idea of "why we do the things we do" then, tradition, religion becomes a burden, and a burden leads to frustration. However, if we enter into a personal relationship with HaShem, and understand the meaning behind obedience to the commandments, and even tradition, then, living as some call, "a religious" lifestyle is not going to be burdensome.
I wouldn't call it a "religious" lifestyle, I would call it a "Torah based" lifestyle, but unless it has meaning, it IS a burden, because, without meaning, it is just going through the motions, like a car jacked up on 4 cinder blocks. You are spinning your wheels and going nowhere.