Life Apart: Hasidism in America (1997)



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With deeply ingrained moral codes based on traditions that date back to the 18th century, practitioners of Hasidic Judaism stand apart from mainstream modern socieities, making the one of the most misunderstood sects of the Hebrew religion. The sect had its origins in Central Europe and did not really establish communities in the U.S. until after the Nazis invaded their homelands. This insightful documentary profiles some of those American communities and the effect they have on their neighbors as well as the way the outside world affects them.

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Celebrates the durability of these pious people whose lives are built upon " the worship of the Lord" and the transmission of their values to the next generation.

Mar 2, 2002 | Full Review…

This documentary manages to be as happy and funny as the Hasidic Jews themselves. The result is a very convincing film makes you yearn for their simple and contented life.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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