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Reaching For Heaven

Directed by: Yankel Goldwasser, Roni Ninio
65 Minutes, 2000

The TV drama Reaching For Heaven deals with an exposed nerve in Israeli society that shakes many families. It tells the story of a central Tel Aviv family shaken to its foundations when Roni, the head of the family, adopts orthodox Judaism. The drama does not examine the process of hazara bitshuva but presents its symptoms and describes how it affects the members of the family. This is an honest and authentic description of a family facing a great crisis. The secular-religious conflict, on the one hand, and the attempt to preserve the unity of the family and the marriage on the other, constitutes the central conflict between husband and wife and between father and children.