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The Sad Fate of a Hasidic Schlemiel: On “Menashe” (2017)

Most films I have seen on Hasidim – save for the film Ushpizin (2004) – are utterly serious and often tragic.  Think, for instance, of… 1,443 more words

Film Review: Menashe

Director: Joshua Weinstein
Starring: Menashe Lusting (Mensashe); Ruben Niborski (Rieven); Yoel Weisshaus (Eizik)

In this tender drama on self, family and community, director Joshua Weinstein deftly weaves together the story of a father longing to be with his son in the face of opposition from the Hasidic Jewish community around him. 186 more words

On Screen: Menashe

The rare — and good — new Yiddish-language movie comes to Mariemont Theatre.


Director and co-screenwriter Joshua Z. 367 more words

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After his wife Lea dies, Menashe (Menashe Lustig) is told by his conservative Yiddish community that he must find a new wife to run his household and help raise his son, Rieven (Ruben Niborski). 503 more words


In Review!: "Menashe"

A bustling New York City street hums at the start of Menashe, a sea of different lives moving independently, ready to become our story by catching the camera’s eye. 401 more words

Menashe: Movie Man Jackson

We’ve all been where Menashe (Menashe Lustig) is. Menashe is going through just a little bit of turmoil. He’s a recent widower and a working father, and in his New York City Hasidic community, strict rules are enforced in these situations. 531 more words


Menashe: A Yiddisher Kop

By Pamela Zoslov

Joshua Weinstein didn’t have an easy time making his movie Menashe. The filmmaker drew his cast of nonprofessional actors from members of the Hasidic Jewish community in Borough Park, Brooklyn. 927 more words

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