Shofar

Part of the Israeli TV series Voices From the Heartland, which focuses on the nation's regional life, this 51-minute drama is set in the slums of Bnei Brak, among the ultraorthodox Haredi society. Shimon Mimran plays a Torah scholar who ekes out a living while his wife (Orna Fitousi) teaches and cares for their autistic son (Daniel Peri Nadav). At a neighbor's apartment the boy blows his shofar (a ram's horn trumpet) at the stomach of an overdue pregnant woman, and instantly her water breaks. The neighbor declares it a miracle, and soon people are queuing up to receive the scholar's prayers and the boy's tooting, creating a circus atmosphere. Dov Elbaum's script, after the fashion of a folk story or parable, nicely dramatizes the various moral dilemmas confronting these devoutly religious people.

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