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‘Menashe’ presents a rare, authentic on-screen depiction of Chasidic Judaism

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Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:38 am

In “Menashe,” which is set to open in Phoenix in August, director Joshua Weinstein has delicately crafted a work that emanates a rarely seen authenticity, tenderness and depth sadly lacking in other mainstream films about Chasidic Jews and their communities.

A Chasidic father named Menashe, who works long hours in a small grocery store in Brooklyn, struggling to make ends meet, has lost his young wife, Lea, to illness. Their sole child, Rieven, an adolescent, has also become suddenly bereft of his beloved mother. Anchored against the resulting father-and-son relationship is Aizek, Menashe’s former brother-in-law and Rieven’s uncle, a successful but arrogant property owner who seeks custody of the boy to raise him in his own family.

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