Weekly Freebies: A Life Apart

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The 1997 documentary about Chasidim, A Life Apart: Hasidism in America, is now available in full on YouTube: link.

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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. Do you read failedmessiah?

  2. Wow, that stuff expired long ago.

  3. We saw this documentary as well as another similar movie about the director’s return to Poland with his charedi grandchildren. The director knew how to get excellent slices of life and sound bites in both documentaries.

  4. “A Life Apart: Hasidism in A…”
    This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky.”
    I wonder if it was wrong to post it in the first place…

  5. I had assumed they had posted it! It’s tremendous chutzpah — and illegal — for anyone else to do so.

  6. MiMedinat HaYam

    the film included the only known film of the minchas eluzur, the munkatcher rebbe of 1920’s to 1937, including the video of his daughter’s wedding.

    it turns out bill paley of cbs (later) tv sent a film crew to eastern europe to film for filmstrips. they were about to return to the us, when they were told of a big chassidic wedding in munkatcz. they went there, and were, of course, thrown out by the chassidim. the rebbe found out, and when he heard they were from america, he had them called back, and gave a 3 min (or so) call to americans jews to keep shabbat (shabbos). this is the only film of the rebbe, and prob the only film of a real grand chassidic pre war wedding.

    the video was on the neturei karta website; i last saw in on youtube combined with other scenes of prewar munkatch. note the lack of (current) chassidic garb by regular chassidim, even when going to the rebbe’s wedding.

  7. Also note the kids in the Zionist youth group singing “HaTikva” at the end. Apparently not even Munkatch was Munkatch,

  8. MiMedinat HaYam

    nachum — actually, (later) prime minister shertok’s father was the principal of the gymnasium ( = secular jewish high school; often these schools wre claimed to be run by maskilim, other chilonim) in munkatch. while mayor of holon, he convinced the lyublianer rebbe (the chatan in the wedding in the video) to move to holon for economic development purposes. combined with the intimations of becoming chief rabbi, etc, the rebbe moved from brazil. (wikipedia is (gasp!) wrong in their bio.)

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