I woke up at 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I had only slept in fits and starts those few hours before. Little Sprout was beside me crying out in her sleep and then settling back into tight snuggles. She must have had nightmares; she didn’t remember when she woke.
At some point I got up and found my iPad and headphones and settled back into the bed. I thought, maybe, that I could fall asleep watching something.
By Netflix’s recommendations, I selected Unorthodox. I didn’t realize that it was mainly subtitled and in Yiddish. My initial thought was “why not, wouldn’t it be harder to follow and make me sleepier?”
I was so wrong. I got sucked in. The acting was superb and the level of detail fascinating. I ended up watching all four episodes and the ‘making of’.
When I lived in England, our neighborhood was predominantly Orthodox Jewish. I knew little about their practices and beliefs at that time. We had a neighbour that had left the community and he told us a little. We watched a documentary that gave us a bit more. And then simple observation as we walked through our community.
After watching this series, I wonder if many in that neighbourhood lived a similar life. And if our neighbour had similar struggles to the characters when he separated from the community. Answers that I will never have, but made me reflect.
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Note: This series was created due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the requirement to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible. I hope that despite all the closures and the crazy grocery store lines, you can still find opportunities to stay calm, enjoy the extra time with your loved ones, organize the areas that need to be addressed, and find something (book, movie, craft) to bring you enthusiasm. Choose to be as balanced as possible and stay healthy.