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Loving Leah (2009)

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 25 January 2009
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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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Jeff Bleckner
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Ambrose ... Leah Lever
Adam Kaufman ... Jake Lever
Susie Essman ... Malka
Harris Yulin ... Rabbi Belsky
Natasha Lyonne ... Esther
Christy Pusz Christy Pusz ... Carol
Ricki Lake ... Rabbi Gerry
Mercedes Ruehl ... Janice Lever
Tonye Patano ... Emily
Donnie Keshawarz ... Raj
Sylvia Kauders ... Widow Goldfarb
Jayne Houdyshell ... Mrs. Finkelman
David Rossmer ... Rabbi Benjamin Lever
Tibor Feldman ... Dr. Saloway
Jolly Abraham ... Priya
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

CBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Loving Leah episode #58.2 See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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

Georgetown is in Washington, DC, not a separate city. See more »

Connections

References It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

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Written by Michael Bublé, Amy Foster-Gillies, and Alan Chang
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Living in Israel I would be extremely interested in seeing this.
6 April 2009 | by marianp1See all my reviews

As I am a secular Israeli, I would be very interested in seeing this film.

Here, "halitza", as it's called, is nothing romantic and cute. There is no civil marriage, so if a Jewish widow wants to remarry, she MUST have it from her bro-in-law. This has been problematic when 1) the dead husband leaves a brother under the age of thirteen or 2) brother-in-law knows that charging her for doing giving it to her or 3) dead husbands family just wants to deny her the possibility of remarriage to be mean.

I know a fellow that wanted to marry a widow, but her late husbands family were asking for an astronomical price to set her free, so they went to Cyprus to marry.

We have the Hallmark channel, so I hope it eventually gets here.


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