And the self-portrait didn’t bother me. I truly believe every adult gets to decide their life. Is there a different interpretation of lying in certain groups of Judaism or was it just for this drama they did this? She is a sought-after international lecturer whose corporate clients include Con-Edison and NYU Langone and hosts a weekly radio show on the Nachum Segal Network. But in Stisel, they depend so much on their families and faith to work out their problems.That’s nothing to be ashamed of? My Mom thinks my wife is nuts and probably me for marrying her. It’s why we regularly feature positive stories about charedim. This talk will take place on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET/ 4:00 p.m. PT. That insular charedi Judaism is the only flavor that people know about and for someone like me, who struggled to find meaning in life to the point that I was having panic attacks and insomnia, discovering a moderate and meaningful observance improved my life greatly. My friend, who I wrote about, just asked me how getting married at 16 works because she believes this is actually taking place. How silly. I hated Shulum for his lack of empathy, selfishness and lying. Your writing is active proselytizing. I would say it will.”, In April 2020, series producer Barkai confirmed that a third season of Shtisel had been due to begin filming in May 2020, but would have to be postponed on account of the coronavirus pandemic. This leads to the next point. I’m just saying that Shtisel, while a wonderful piece of art and a great way to humanize charedim, unfortunately publicizes very strict practices which many people will conflate with Halacha. I lived in Israel for a year and even I know the difference. Thanks for your comment, Jennifer. ... Ending. But classic fiction is to modern fiction as Maria Callas is to Miley Cyrus. I loved the show, but the thing that bothered me the most was that they seemed to lie so so much. Your email address will not be published. Our husbands don’t leave the delivery room when we’re in labor. It’s not that I don’t love fiction — I do and have read most of the classics of English, German, and Russian literature. Shtisel (Hebrew: שטיסל ) is an Israeli television drama series about a fictional Haredi Jewish family living in Geula, Jerusalem. My non-orthodox friend thought that my life is Shtisel. I recognized characters and situations from things we’ve dealt with in our lives and travels. My only criticism was that the show didn’t make any effort to comment on what was clearly a massive dysfunctional aspect of the characters lives — namely that they had enormous families with very little income and with many of the men not working at all. But plenty of us work. That person who wrote under the name “Carrie Bradshaw”…she isn’t the REAL Carrie Bradshaw…is she? hello, i´m from germany and i´ve just started watching “shtisel” because of actress shira haas (rachima in “shtisel”), whose outstanding acting impressed me in “unorthodox”. The next day the event would be protested and scathing articles would be written on the disrespect and manipulation shown to these G-d fearing people. (Cost of living is also quite expensive, especially in the New York area, so that is a double edged sword.). I’m curious, Allison. When I say “modern” here, I am referring to halachic modern orthodox. I actually loved the show just for its entertainment value. 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!) So in that regard, the show is good. As it is, switching to kosher, keeping shabbos, being modest are major life changes. I thought it was very obvious the actors are secular? I wonder what those above who chided Allison for writing this article would respond to what you just wrote. So while Shtisel is an entertaining show which has done some good in humanizing the otherwise reviled “ultra-orthodox” Jew, it does a fair amount of damage in terms of making stringent practices seem like “Orthodox” practices and popularizing the idea that observant Jewish life is automatically dysfunctional. A minor correction but the characters do not live in Mea Shearim, they live in Geula. If everything was always going great in the Shtisel family, it wouldn’t be a compelling TV show at all. After that, I finally saw what this show was about. But, it also showed some of the divisions within Jewish society, for example the Gallery owner…and when he won the award…know how many times I’ve seen what his father did? Shtisel (Hebrew: שטיסל) is an Israeli television drama series about a fictional Haredi Jewish family living in Geula, Jerusalem. Shulem urges Akiva to meet with 19-year-old Esti. Is that typical of some jewish communities?. But my sense is that my current community is a rather healthy one, the most healthy place I’ve seen up close or from the outside. IMHO. 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..  A trailer was released in September, revealing that Season 3 is set seven years later. I was at the Shtissel event in the city. He asks the matchmaker Königsberg to set up a meeting for them, much to the chagrin of his father, who wants him to marry a single, younger woman. H, the lying is gaslighting which is common in all families. Yes. Without being clairvoyant or sneaking into people’s homes, I can’t fully know what goes on behind closed doors. And made-for-TV is usually worse than that. © 2020 jewinthecity.com. I would bet no. Good grief, I’ve come to expect it. Nearly my entire community is a professional with undergraduate and graduate degrees. But for the Jew considering exploring observance or a possible candidate for it, the vast differences I think may it so unimaginable. This isn’t a bridge builder that breaks down barriers. Thanks for your comment. Thanks to anyone who will take the time to reply. It’s a caricature but it captures a lot of true feelings. All of us suffer from others not seeing us as people. Isn’t Wearing a Wig Over Hair (Especially if the Wig is Nicer Than the Hair) Pointless. However, before I married my wife, I had a very narrow view of anyone to the right of me, read that even Conservative.  While my community is right for me, I respect and celebrate the range of communities.  Created and written by Ori Elon and Yehonatan Indursky, the series premiered on 29 June 2013 on yes Oh. This show was made for secular Jews and now the the Netflix nation. Any Orthodox Jews Defying Lockdown Orders Are Inciting Antisemites, This Woman Might Be The First Female Hasidic Grammy Nominee, The Jewish Approach to Mindfulness Will Blow Your Mind. Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article mistakenly called the community “Hasidic,” said they live in “Meah Shearim,” and used the word “extreme,” which was being misunderstood by many readers as a negative. It’s still over the top for anyone real and still depicting one of the most insular orthodox communities in the world. Shulem is also on the quest for love and maintains a certain relationship (Mainly includes shared meals) with Aliza, a divorced secretary who works in his Talmud Torah. They unabashedly describe using “guerilla filmmaking”. 3 granddaughters later, she’s made peace with it. . Their agreement consists of Akiva painting for him, and Fox selling the paintings as if they were his own. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.  The show runs at 12 episodes per season. Shtisel is set in a religious, Internet-free neighborhood. The brilliance, and danger of this show is the carefulness used in not being disrespectful to the naked eye. I wouldn’t expect them to. Just so I’m clear, you don’t like Shtisel because its fictional portrayal of a Haredi family in Jerusalem is not identical to your experience as a Modern Orthodox woman in New York? Also, I am not claiming it is a perfect community. I loved Shtisel. 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. I don’t know if we can take this show as the most accurate depiction of this community but I have heard of a concept before that the scarf or turban is the look for the street – not to be too attractive to other men – and then the wig (because the head is shaved) is a way to look beautiful for your husband. I guess the allure is more based on the shows ability to portray feelings and situations among the principals with very few words (speaks volumes), have actors of the opposite sex hint at attraction/longing without even as much as a handshake, “kosher” entertainment … and of course Michael Aloni So yes. I feel they showed normal problems that can happen in any society (though people often hide them to keep up appearances) Allison, your mission in life is to defy incorrect stereotypes. His uncle tells him to ask for Elisheva's opinion.  Production was resumed in June and a trailer was later released in September. 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. Yet they eventually worked out all their problems in a beautiful way. Shas been involved in the field of Jewish Outreach for over twenty years, working at Partners in Torah, Sinai Retreats, and NCSY, and is the Partner in Torah mentor to actress Mayim Bialik. This is what I posted when I read this article on Facebook earlier this week: All you observant folks were just plain nuts. In May 2019, the show was renewed for a third season. I truly appreciate the humanity that is created and I think for your average secular Jew/non-Jew, it’s an awesome way to build a bridge and even see admirable aspects to a life so very foreign to them. Rather than focusing on the dating system or the husband’s role in delivery, the viewer is forced to see that the human aspect exists in a way that may surpass the romance and love that many of the viewers experience in their own lives. 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. So if there were a show where there were several types of Orthodox families featured, I think that would be fascinating to see how they cope with different life challenges and where their boundaries are.