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Trembling Before G-d (2001)

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A cinematic portrait of various gay Orthodox Jews who struggle to reconcile their faith and their sexual orientation.
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Credited cast:
Shlomo Ashkinazy Shlomo Ashkinazy ... Himself - Psychotherapist
Steve Greenberg Steve Greenberg ... Himself (as Rabbi Steve Greenberg)
Nathan Lopes Cardozo Nathan Lopes Cardozo ... Himself (as Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo)
Naomi Mark Naomi Mark ... Herself - Psychotherapist
Shlomo Riskin Shlomo Riskin ... Himself (as Rabbi Shlomo Riskin)
Yaakov Meir Weil Yaakov Meir Weil ... Himself - Psychiatrist (as Dr. Yaakov Meir Weil)


Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbids homosexuality. Written by up and out

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Plot Keywords:

gay | jew | faith | orthodox jew | lesbian | See All (190) »


The hidden lives of gay and lesbian Orthodox and Hasidic Jews.




Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Simcha Leib Productions


Israel | France | USA


English | Yiddish | Hebrew

Release Date:

6 December 2001 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Drzac przed Bogiem See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,410, 28 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$619,612, 24 March 2002
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The spelling of the last word in this movie's title comes from the Jewish tradition of treating any written representation of the name of God with respect, and not writing it on any document that might be treated carelessly or accidentally or deliberately defaced, destroyed, or erased (a longstanding Rabbinical interpretation of Deuteronomy 12:3). Since this movie, like most, had posters, sales materials, contractual paperwork, DVD covers, and other ephemera with its title on them go out into public hands, the filmmakers used the G-d spelling out of respect and recognition that there was no way to know how the documents on which the name would be treated outside of their presences. See more »


Rabbie Meir Fund: ...so the Jew who is gay by choice... work like mad to overcome it... a Jew who is, as we might say, wall-to-wall gay... I will hold his hand, figuratively... and do the best I can to give him strength to serve G-d.
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This movie made me cry... and smile, too
9 March 2005 | by elperez3See all my reviews

I had heard a lot about this movie before I saw it. I rented it and watched it twice. I never watch movies twice! I think that this movie should be watched by all. Being gay and religious is obviously not just a Jewish problem. There are people all over the world right now from many religions, ethnic groups, and ages that are struggling with potential rejection and/or isolation if they come out. They feel defective and guilty for being who they are. In come cases, the family gets rejected and labeled as the "family with the gay son and /or daughter." It is really sad and unnecessary. This type of reaction to homosexuality is potentially chasing away good people who can make a difference in our society. Additionally, many teenagers and young adults find themselves with no hope. The only way out for them is suicide. This is horrible.

Watch the movie and "Disc 2." It has good stuff on it! :)

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