TV series: Unorthodox on Netflix

A TV series shot entirely in Yiddish offers an insight into the existence dotted with bans of many Orthodox Jewish women

Another Netflix record: the Unorthodox miniseries is almost entirely shot in Yiddish and it had never happened before in the history of the streaming platform. It is worth it to bring the strength of an archaic language to the public in a very modern context, a stone’s throw from the Big Apple.

The occasion is offered by the autobiography of Deborah Feldman (“Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots”), which tells of a nineteen year old Jewish girl, Esty (Israeli actress Shira Haas), fleeing an arranged marriage in her conservative Brooklyn community. With the complicity of a friend, she goes to Berlin by a mother with whom she no longer has contact and who in her time had been turned away from the more traditionalist fringe of the religious group. Meanwhile, her husband Yanky (Amit Rahav) and cousin Moishe (Jeff Wilbusch) – commissioned by the intransigent rabbi – are on his trail and absolutely want to take her back and not even the grandmother, who raised her, takes sides.

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He is young, of course, but he immediately understood that the role of a woman for Orthodox Jews requires submission and obedience, especially to the consort. There are rigid rituals to be observed and “temptations” to be kept away – like the internet, which is also forbidden for men – to remain pure, especially during the period of menstruation. Even the creator, Anna Winger (Deutschland 83) he received a similar education, which is why there is no condemnation, but only realism, in this story that at times seems to take one’s breath away.

The cohesion of the religious community has the aim of keeping their values ​​as a people alive, far from the land of origin. This is why, among other things, it is important that the marriage between wife and husband in marriage is aimed at procreation, as if to compensate for the loss of six million lives during the Holocaust.

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In all the bans suffered by Etsy, by hair shaving after the wedding to the condemnation of the make-up, women of every social class, ethnicity and religion are reflected because this claustrophobic condition is universal, although it is strongly anchored in the history of the Diaspora.

On the one hand we see the superhuman traditionalist effort to keep women away from men outside their families, the prohibition of whole concepts, including evolutionism, and the censorship of many works. On the other the curiosity, the desire for freedom and discovery of the protagonist, who has always played the piano secretly and who in the German capital hopes to get a scholarship for musical merits. They are two worlds that collide and corrode.

How can this small girl, with shaved hair and such a submissive and fearful attitude, revolutionize her life and bring about changes in her roots? Maybe he can’t, yet he tries with all his might to make his voice heard, without denying his origins.

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