Which is why I thought it sort of took the cover off of Orthodox Judaism and said ‘they’re human too’. You have, unfortunately misunderstood what I’m trying to express. Kiva sleeps in different places, until Shulem and Akiva reconcile. But in Stisel, they depend so much on their families and faith to work out their problems.That’s nothing to be ashamed of? Can you imagine Ultra Orthodox filmmakers sneaking cameras into some ancient Tibetan monastery, where there were signs begging for privacy? She explained that she grew up on a kibbutz up north and never really interacted with charedim. The series is considered innovative for its treatment of an irregular group of Orthodox Jews by stripping them of their political associations and depicting them as ordinary people.[13]. [9] The community follows strict haredi customs and violating the norms often causes chaos within the family. ), @catholic mom. I’d really LOVE for jewinthecity to write about the Marvelous Mrs. Meisel! For a new arrival to Israel, the second season of “Shtisel,” a TV series about a Haredi family, has proved to be a welcome distraction from current events. All rights reserved. Secondly, I know Shtisel has no kiruv goal. Giti Weiss, the daughter and the sister of the Shtisel's says goodbye to her husband Lippe Weiss, who flew to Argentina for six months as part of his job as a butcher. My main issues were hoping most viewers understand there is much more drama than any real life situation and that this is literally one of the most insular, extreme sects in the world and many of us who are deeply religious Jews find these practices and attitudes something we strongly disagree with. Not 1 person batted and eye, and in fact there was a collective comedic sigh that swept the room. I spent the end of 2018 exploring this question undercover in several ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods in Jerusalem, thanks to the engaging Israeli television drama “Shtisel.” Both seasons of the hit series, which aired in 2013 and 2015-16, are now available on Netflix with English subtitles. Giti is disgraced and looks for work to provide for her 5 children. As for the story lines, no violence, no sec, no guns I was happy about that but at times reminded me of the gloomy miserable awful Eastenders which has got to be the worst as it does not portray English life as it really is, same for Coronation Street. I wanted/needed to be in a place where Yiddishkeit was the primary focus (yes, some of this appeared in my comment about communities). They unabashedly describe using “guerilla filmmaking”. Our community has a warmth and closeness that exists in Shtisel, although, to the Haredi world’s credit, a positive side of insularity is that there are so many relatives around, someone is nearly always there for you. And I care that people know because for anyone considering increasing their observance, it is much easier to make a move to a more moderate type of observance than to live in Meah Shearim. It’s to maintain control. Anyone who thinks it represents all of Judaism is just as likely to watch a show in Arabic and think it’s representative of all segments of all Arabic-speaking countries. Very much so. However, his refusal to clarify his intentions with her motivates her to look elsewhere. I binge watched the whole thing in 10 days! Whether or not if those particular practicing Jewish people in the show are true to their practising beliefs we wouldn’t know but it was entertaining to us and learnt a lot. Akiva starts working as a teacher in the Yeshiva, and falls in love with Elisheva Rothstein, the mother of a student in his class, who has been widowed twice. It is to us, in a simple way, a Jewish drama and we enjoyed it. We believe that after 2000 years of being expelled from Our Land and then miraculously getting returned to it is not a coincidence. there are certain characters that correspond almost 100% to the cliche of the “dishonest, backtracked and greedy jew” the nazis used to spread in their propaganda. My friend is not trying to paint with a broad brush and I was not either in my pre-observant days and yet we could not see the nuances from the outside, though they certainly exist. She received her Bachelor in Arts from Columbia University in Philosophy and lives with her husband and four children minutes from the George Washington Bridge. If everything was always going great in the Shtisel family, it wouldn’t be a compelling TV show at all. I thought it was very obvious the actors are secular? Allison, your mission in life is to defy incorrect stereotypes. There is no one way to ‘accurately’ represent the observant Jewish community; it is diverse. (I just started the second season.) But for good drama they give these characters like 10 big problems at once. Yes. Countless articles have been written by secular Jews and non-Jews describing their love for the characters, the storyline, and their surprising discovery that Haredim (gasp!) It’s why we regularly feature positive stories about charedim. Great article! Obviously I’m not judging them because they are fictional characters, but I’m just curious if anyone else was bothered by this? [7], "Shtisel renewed for third series, hit show's writer confirms", "Here's What 'Shtisel' Stars Have Been up To", "Special Passover message to Jewish News readers from the cast of Shtisel! [6] A trailer was released in September, revealing that Season 3 is set seven years later. This is a community that has signs begging to keep modesty, outside influences (western culture), internet, and the such, out of their small enclave.