HALAKEH-PosterDirector: Avigail Sperber
Year: 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Runtime: 50 min


This is the story of a journey made by a young religious family: Yael, Yoni, and their three-year-old son Yiftach. Yoni, once a barely observant Jew, is now devoted to the passionately Hassidic Breslov tradition. His wife Yael has remained in a more moderate, mainstream branch of Judaism. Yiftach’s third birthday falls on the holiday of Lag Ba’omer, and Yoni wants to take Yiftach through a masculine rite of passage -the halakeh ceremony, where a boy’s hair is cut for the first time, leaving only his ear-locks. The long journey to Mount Meron brings their conflict into sharp relief. Their encounters with various characters along the way further highlight the chasm which has developed between them.



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