For the first time orthodox Jewish people in Israel allow a camera to enter their personal lives on an intimate level, enabling us to discover the wisdom behind their way of life, so perhaps we can apply some of it to ours. A look at relationships between men and women, between singles and their friends, and between them and their families. The story is plot-based, with scenes that lead from one protagonist to the next in their search for a worthy mate.
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Dating and matchmaking in the “Haredi” (ultra-orthodox Jewish) world has always been mysterious and intriguingly different from the secular world. At a time when the institution of marriage in the modern secular world is about to go bankrupt – increasing divorce rates, infidelity, the trend of extended bachelorhood, single parenting, etc. – the question arises: where are we going wrong? And what is it about Haredi relationships that keeps them strong and stable? How does it work?
In the documentary “A Match Made in Heaven” we explore the world of matchmaking in the different sectors of the Haredi world and observe couples in different stages of relationships, and through them we learn about their behavior, philosophy, and the key to a happy relationship and marriage.
Through the participants’ stories we learn the values of relationships and marriage according to Judaism and how they actually apply them – so different from secular attitudes (falling in love as opposed to love which comes with time; the women’s role in relationships; the man’s role; sexuality).
Original title: A Match Made In Heaven
A Film by Ronnie Kay
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