A three-part documentary series that offers a glimpse into the world of the Hassidim from their point of view – from the founding of the Hasidic movement by the Baal Shem Tov, through its almost complete destruction in the Holocaust and its meteoric revival after World War II in Israel and the USA.
Episode 1: A journey that begins in snowy Poland and the steppes of Ukraine where Hasidism was born in the 18th century. Between Mzyboj and Auschwitz, between Warsaw and Jerusalem, the chapter presents the historical timeline from the moment the movement was founded by the Baal Shem Tov, through its almost complete destruction in the Holocaust and its meteoric revival after World War II in Israel and the USA.
Episode 2: At the center of the Hasidic world, stands the Rebbe. In the Hasidic view, the Hasid must completely surrender to his rabies at every moment. What does this mean in practice?
Episode 3: The daily life of high class Hassidim. How does a Hasidic family unit exist in the Israel of the twenty-first century? What are the difficulties and challenges? What is behind the choice to insist on an independent education system of Talmud Torah with almost no core studies, to condemn your children to enter the world of work with almost no professional skills? What is the status of women in a world that strictly separates men and women?