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21 April 2007 (France)  »

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Geh hin und lerne weiter - Talmud und jüdisches Leben  »

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story of a book that defined a people
7 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

Salfati's documentary deals with one of the most important writings in the history of mankind and the most important in the history of the Jewish people - the Talmud. The gathering of Jewish thinking and teaching and their repercussions on the day-to-day life is well traced in the history - since its beginnings immediately after the destruction of the Second Temple and the start of the exile, through it's wanderings all over the world in all places where Jews went, until the modern time when the Talmud and the Jewish people had to face the most terrible challenge of history and destiny during the Holocaust. Although a little bit didactic in tone and style the documentary succeeds to pass a lot of information, and underline the basic idea of the centralism of religion and Talmud in the survival of the Jewish people. I was less impressed with the comic interludes (at least they tried to be comic) which seemed to me to force the note and were not really in tune with the rest of the film. Overall a documentary to see more because of the information than for its artistic qualities.


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