The Chosen

Orthodox vs. Hasidic on the Silver Screen

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There is a lot of compas­sion in The Chosen. Perhaps Rabbi Kagan never in­tended his son Jeremy to become a filmmaker. But the young Kagan did be­come a filmmaker and he made a movie that was’ roundly praised. The Cho­sen, then, becomes a testa­ment to following your dreams. That’s where the compassion comes from.

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Joel Samberg, a humor and opinion columnist, also is the author of The Jewish Book of Lists.