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Loving Leah (2009)

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 25 January 2009
A quirky love story revolving around the unexpected wedding and unconventional married life of a 26-year-old widow and her late husband's brother, a handsome 30-year-old cardiologist.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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When his estranged brother dies suddenly, Jake Lever is confronted with an old Jewish custom. In days past, a man was expected to marry his deceased brother's childless widow, but it is now customary to perform a ceremony releasing the pair from the obligation. During the Halizah ceremony, Jake feels uncomfortable renouncing his brother's memory. Additionally, Leah wishes to escape the confines of her orthodox community and avoid her mother's matchmaking. On the spur of the moment, Leah and Jake decide to enter into a platonic marriage of convenience. Written by L. Hamre

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Loving Leah episode #58.2  »

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Trivia

The film follows the Jewish traditions quite faithfully, but there's no mention of Kaddish - a prayer in affirming God in honor of the dead. See more »

Goofs

There is no Cambridge Street in Georgetown. And there is no Reform temple in Georgetown. In fact, there is no Reform congregation called "Temple Torah" anywhere in the Greater Washington area. Ironically, the only synagogue in Georgetown is Orthodox. Leah would have loved it. In addition, there is no Metro (subway) stop in Georgetown so Leah could not have taken the Metro to the Dupont Circle station. She would have walked it. See more »

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References The Way We Were (1973) See more »

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Written by Michael Bublé, Amy Foster-Gillies, and Alan Chang
Performed by Michael Bublé
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Okay, so it's a corny love story, but it's a pleasure to see a portrait of Jewish life
10 December 2016 | by (England) – See all my reviews

So "Loving Leah" is a little schmaltzy, even for a love story. I loved it anyway. It's a real pleasure to watch a movie that is respectful of Jewish customs and presents a non sensationalized, exploitative, or prejudiced view of Jewish religious practice. Usually the only portraits of Jewish life I see on TV are tragic stories set during the Holocaust or comedies. I appreciated that Leah's mother was strict and scared her daughter enough for her to put up a show of the pretend marriage, but ultimately she cared for Leah, wanted her to be happy, and encouraged her to go back and make up with Jacob, even if he wasn't Orthodox, and even if he and Leah would attend a Reform Temple with a woman rabbi. I appreciated that none of the characters were stereotypes or played for laughs. Well done Hallmark!


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