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Trembling Before G-d (2001)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 6 December 2001 (Israel)
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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)
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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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gay | jew | faith | orthodox jew | lesbian | See All (190) »

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

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Simcha Leib Productions

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Israel | France | USA

Language:

English | Yiddish | Hebrew

Release Date:

6 December 2001 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Drzac przed Bogiem See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,410, 28 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$619,612, 24 March 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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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 »

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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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Children of a lesser G-d
13 June 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This is a very disturbing documentary. One can only congratulate director Sandi Dubowski for the courage in dealing with the subject matter. Of course, the study here was done among Orthodox Jews who are at the margin of their religion. This film is universal because it could apply to conservative beliefs as well.

How can the people in charge of a congregation reject anyone because they are different from what ancient texts tell? Aren't these gay men and women the product of legal marriages from religion abiding parents? These children didn't ask to be born gay, but the fact remains they are that way and no one, being the rabbis in charge, or the parents can reverse the fact. Love, nurturing, acceptance are lacking from all those in high places.

After viewing the film, I felt great sadness for the people that have to lead a life away from family and community for just being gay. Shame on the parents and the leaders for banning their children into oblivion. I salute their stand for being themselves.


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