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Saturday Night Movie on DP: "The Chosen"

Thanks to LittleWing, we have this excellent video, "My Neighbourhood - A Just Vision Film": http://www.dailypaul.com/326885/my-neighbourhood-a-just-visi...

"The Chosen", linked below, is fiction based on the life of the author. "My Neighborhood" is a real life documentary. Both are definitely worth watching. Click on the link above for the documentary.

Given the many posts about Israel lately, I thought it would be good to take a break from the tensions and learn about what was going on in the Jewish communities in United States around the time of the UN vote for the Partition of Palestine.

The film I chose for us is based on the first, best selling book written by one my favorite authors, Chaim Potok. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Potok.... Potok's works give us a wonderful up close and personal look at the various sects of the Jewish community in the United States. He let's us observe situations through his eyes, what he lived and observed growing up entrenched in a Jewish community but, he doesn't try to persuade us to favor one side over the other.

Here's the trailer - link to whole film below:

http://youtu.be/RAMz8_MoqrM

In "The Chosen", Potok shows us what was going on in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY, between the Hasidic community and the Orthodox community during the closing years of WWII and hostilities between the two groups during the time of the formation of a Jewish State, Israel. The story is a powerful, moving one. You will laugh, you will cry, you will learn a whole lot, and hopefully, you will thoroughly enjoy this great story.

(The "wedding scene", with Rod Steiger playing the part of the Hasidic Rabbi, is a classic! When the Rebbe dances, it is a mystical experience and Steiger does it soooo well! http://youtu.be/gAoMiZxQcSI)

Here's the link to watch the whole film for free!: http://www.hulu.com/watch/253096



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LittleWing's picture

Saturday Night movie: My Neighbourhood

My Neighbourhood chronicles the story of Mohammed El Kurd, a Palestinian teenager forced to give up half of his home to Israeli settlers. Mohammed comes-of-age in the midst of unrelenting tension with his neighbours and unexpected cooperation with Israeli allies in his backyard.

Please watch this Heartrending and Heartwarming short documentary:

http://www.justvision.org/myneighbourhood/watch

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

LittleWing's picture

Great film, thanks Nonna!

I was finally able to watch this and really enjoyed it! Thumbs up from me! ;)

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

I know many people here would really enjoy it.

Glad you were one of them. Hope more take a break to watch the film.

Thanks for the thumbs up review!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Read the book a few years ago.

Good read.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

gaylbaby's picture

Good movie.

Well worth the time to watch!

Excellent Choice

I also highly recommend reading the book as well. There is so much more that simply can't be captured 'on the screen'.

Yes. A book doesn't have time constraints like films do.

Very often books turned into film are disappointing. This one is very satisfying and I think it's because the author was involved in the making of the film and even has a bit part as the Talmud teacher. That says to me Potok gave it his blessing (and he is a Rabbi, after all, so the blessing counts LOL).

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

LittleWing's picture

Thanks, Nonna

Good idea ;) Maybe I will finally get to watch this tonight!

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

You will love it!

I watched it again recently and it made me think about how the Jewish communities were so shaken from the horrific events of WWII, that maybe many observant, good people, joined forces with the Zionists believing they were doing something not only good but, necessary. I wonder how many of them who may still be alive, are disgusted with the turn of events in Zionism.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

LittleWing's picture

I've been reading many comments

from the Jewish community and many Jewish/ Israeli groups that are against Zionism, the occupation and the horrific massacres taking place now and in the past. Brave individuals. One quote I thought particularly noteworthy “By Falsely Associating Itself with Judaism, Zionism Uses Jews Everywhere as Human Shields”

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

That is a brutally honest quote!

I appreciate you here!!! KUTGW!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Did you see the film or read the book, Ira?

Little Wing is a great asset to us and to humanity. I'd so glad to have her on our side.

Please try to watch the film when you have time. It is well worth the time (about an hour and a half or so). There is a line in there you'll appreciate. If you watch the trailer, you'll see a fight scene between Goldberg (a Zionist) and some Orthodox Jews. The great (and quite prophetic) line comes just before the brawl, when the guy says to Goldberg something like, "You're worse than the Nazis. Hitler killed the Jewish body. But, you'll kill the Jewish soul."

Potok had extraordinary insight.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Not yet but I will as soon as I get my computer fixed

Haven't even been able to watch the good doctor from yesterday. I'm jonesing here.

Looking forward to the flick, thanks!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown