A short movie challenge! (take it)
Written on 12/22/18 at 17:48:52 EST by BenAvraham
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

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?
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

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

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.

Ben Avraham

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