Monday, July 31, 2006

Home Game -- the Movie

As I mentioned in the last post, I saw Home Game last night at a presentation in memorial of Gush Katif. I thought I should put in a few words about the movie. For the right audience it is appropriate. The English link is here.
I recommend the movie for the Modern Orthodox or non-frum audience, for people who live in modern, general culture. The hareidi segment should just avoid it and not trash it, it's just not for them. There are girls in it. There are some ladies who don't cover their hair or have the right length sleeves The goyisherebbe poskens redeeming social value, but not everyone will agree. Just don't blame me for sending you there if it's not your cup of Java. The focus of the movie is good religious moshav kids who like to play basketball and have fun and not get thrown out of their homes. It is bittersweet. I am glad I saw it.

2 comments:

yitz said...

The hareidi segment should just avoid it and not trash it, it's just not for them. There are girls in it. There are some ladies who don't cover their hair or have the right length sleeves. The goyisherebbe poskens redeeming social value, but not everyone will agree.
GR: Okay, you're right - I for one don't agree. Your stereotyping of the variegated chareidi community is part of the poison that pervades this Holy Land of ours, and something that in the past led to the churban of our Holy Temple. Yours truly, with his black yarmulke and all, was in attendance last night [probably in the same "modern Orthodox" synagogue in Yerushalayim that you were...] I must say, this film is a must, for just about anyone. There was nothing immodest in the film. Anyone who would go to see "Ushpizin" could see this film with no problem.
But more important, its message was a very timely one during these Three Weeks and Nine Days. Am Yisrael suffered another Churban last summer, and this time it was self-inflicted [OUCH!!!]. But it's important not to forget, and adreraba, to remember the lofty spirit that carried the wonderful people of Gush Katif, who suffered some 5000 + bombs over their heads. And as I posted earlier from the person in Haifa and the Bostoner Rebbe, the abandoning of our brethren, and worse, their expulsion from Gush Katif is directly related to what we're suffering now in the North and South of our Holy Land, Eretz Yisrael!

goyisherebbe said...

Yitz, you are right that I should not over-generalize. Actually I saw the film in Kochav Hashachar as a part of our commemoration of the expulsion. I also agree that it is very appropriate to this time, but if I were more of a masmid, I would just be sitting and learning Torah and saying Tikun Hatzot. If you read some of the pashkevilim (wall posters)in Jerusalem, you see that there are people who are against almost anything. I am sure that there are plenty of people who would not go see Ushpizin. The consensus in the hareidi world is that even educational plays and entertainment are meant for women only who do not have the continuous obligation to learn Torah. Whether this is wise or not is subject to question, but that there are people who would not want to have anything to do with such a film, I have no doubt. But you're right, anybody who wouldn't see the film wouldn't touch the Internet with a ten-foot pole either. Okay, I concede on that one.