A Life Apart: Hasidism in America

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Released 1997

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Director:
Oren Rudavsky
Released:
1997
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A Life Apart: Hasidism in America is a cultural documentary directed by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky for PBS that focuses on the intriguing and often mysterious world of modern Hasidism, a form of Jewish Orthodox in which the people adhere to strict rules. Culturally rich and altogether alien to the outside world, Hasidic Jews try to rigorously follow the commandments of the Torah, including the clothes they wear, the interactions between the sexes, the way they dress their hair, the language they speak, their interactions with the outside world, and the food they eat. A Life Apart delves into the struggles of the American Hasidism as the modern world filled with technology and mass media offers more temptations and growing differences between them and the outside world. The filmmakers utilize interviews with academia, a few from within the often camera-shunning society, and those who watch from the outside, including Pearl Gluck, a former Hasid who left to pursue a life of her own choosing. An intimate, extraordinary, and informative documentary, it shows what we often do not see: a community filled with culture, joy, pain, and traditions of the past.moreless

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Religion & Spirituality, Culture