MORIRSE ESTA EN HEBREO (MY MEXICAN SHIVAH) is about how the death of a man results in the celebration of his life. According to Jewish belief, from the moment a Jew is born, he or she is accompanied by two angels: an angel of light and an angel of darkness. With the passing Moishe (75), his family and friends gather in Mexico City to sit shivah, the 7-day Jewish mourning ritual. The spirit angels, Aleph and Bet, divine accountants, only visible to the camera, watch over the family and calculate which angel will accompany Moishe's soul to the afterlife. The odds are against Moishe from the beginning. Family dysfunction aside, Moishe's friends are all attending for their own motives. And to make matters worse, while performing his duties, a Chevreman, who is a member of the Sacred Funeral Society, is milking the family for all they're worth: charging for kosher food, slippers and various other shivah goods. Emotionally unstable and obsessed with staying young, Moishe's daughter Esther, ... Written by
Peeking into Jewish tradition with a Mexican background is not only amusing but it allows the viewer to enter a world that, although may exist next door to any one else living in Mexico City, remains shrouded in mystery for most. In the end I loved the fact that no matter how much the distinct customs of diverse faiths may differ from each other, there's something we all share as inhabitants of this great city which permeates it all and creates a common ground for all of us to exist (and cease existing) in some subtle unity. For any one interested in having a laugh and a peek into Jewish life in Mexico 'Morirse está en Hebreo' is a must along with 'Novia que te vea'.
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