Friday, April 03, 2009


[Abraham, Sarah and the angel - Jan Provost 1462-1529]

I just saw 'Ushpizin', an Israeli comedy that leaves me searching for adjectives. 'Sly' is one. 'Intelligent' is another. 'Witty' is a third. 'Charming'. It is the story of a painfully ordinary religious couple living in the Mea Shearim section of Jerusalem. It has several nutso premises which upon examination turn out to be not so far-fetched. A fair amount of the humor will be lost on non-Jews but it is well worth watching for anybody. It is essentially a modern Sholom Aleichem tale.

If you have a Netflix account and broadband, you can watch it on your computer. If not, you can have them send it to you however inherently preposterous it is to send high tech discs by steam engine powered postal trucks.

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