7 Movies and Documentaries to Welcome in the Jewish New Year

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To ring in Rosh Hashanah, here are a handful of films sure to sweeten your 2020!

1. Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

Newly discovered 1968 interview footage of David Ben-Gurion — one of Israel’s Founding Fathers and its first Prime Minister — reveals his prophecy, his dedication to Zionism, and a life filled with self-examination.

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2. I’m From the Jews

A young teacher becomes possessed by his dead grandfather, who forces him to choose between his Iraqi Arabic Jewish family identity and his life as an Israeli ignoring the past.

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3. Jews, Third Time

Rino Zror compares between the current Jewish state and the previous, historical ones. Only twice before can a full Jewish sovereignty be found: one lasted only 75 years, during the First Temple period, and the second only lasted 66 years, during the Second Temple period. Both kingdoms collapsed abruptly, within two years. What happened, and why?

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4. The Unorthodox

Inspired by the unique formation story of Israel’s Shas political party, which created a movement for Israel’s disenfranchised Sephardic Jewish community, this comic drama portrays events that reshaped Israeli society and continue to resonate today.

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5. I Am Israel

Go on a soaring journey through the Land of the Bible, and get to know Jewish men and women whose very lives are a testimony to the promises of God.

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6. The Youngest

In the Jewish ultra-Orthodox world, marriage is by arrangement only. Leah, a young woman just coming of age, is ready for love. But her mother seems unwilling to let her go.

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7. The Driving Spirit

Menora Hazani, the film’s director, embarks on a revealing journey with her father Benny Katzover and his pioneering friends, the leaders of the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. Together they unfold the unique story of how a small number of resolved and determined young men decided and finally succeeded to renew these settlements, against all odds.

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