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February 11, 2014

Haredim Protest Against Natalie Portman

Natalie PortmanPortman began filming the film adaptation of noted Israeli author Amos Oz's "A Tale of Love and Darkness" in Jerusalem today – and haredim have already begun to whine about it.

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Haredim Protest Against Natalie Portman
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

Look who haredim are protesting now – Queen Amidala.

That’s right. Haredim are protesting Natalie Portman, the Jerusalem-born American-raised iconic actress of Star Wars fame.

Portman reportedly began filming the film adaptation of noted Israeli author Amos Oz's "A Tale of Love and Darkness" in Jerusalem today – and haredim have already begun to whine about it.

The movie is filming in the Nahlaot neighborhood, which 20 years ago was a secular, hippie, Carlebach, haredi amalgam. Today, however, Nachlaot is firmly haredi and even though Portman, who is making her directorial debut with the film, coordinated the shoot with the Jerusalem city government, haredim are still upset.

Why?

The city allegedly failed to tell the haredi residents of the neighborhood that Portman would be filming there.

But more importantly to haredi sensibilities, the film is being made near haredi yeshivas and synagogues, which means haredi men and boys may be able to catch a glimpse of Portman and other beautiful actresses.

This prompted haredim to write a letter to city officials complaining about the film and demanding that it be censored.

“The scenes being filmed should have been examined first to make sure they don’t offend anybody’s sensitivities,” haredim reportedly wrote.

Haredim also spray-painted graffiti against the "foreign invasion" of the neighborhood.

Jerusalem deputy mayor Rachel Azaria, a Modern Orthodox woman who has fought against the exclusion of women from billboards and bus ads in the city and who has worked against forced haredi gender segregation of public sidewalks and buses, reportedly said in response to the haredi complaints that while there is constant tension between celebrating Jerusalem's real diversity on one hand and extremist groups attempts to prevent that on the other, Jerusalem’s "appeal, unique architecture and entertainment projects will continue to blossom."

But Jerusalem’s city government did what it has so often done in the past – it appeased haredim by promising them that the actors on Portman’s film will be modestly dressed.

Several years ago, Jerusalem’s secular Mayor Nir Barkat threw Azaria out of his then-coalition when she took the Egged bus company to court over illegal forced gender segregation and exclusion of women, no matter how modesty dressed, from ads in and on its buses.

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"“The scenes being filmed should have been examined first to make sure they don’t offend anybody’s sensitivities,” haredim reportedly wrote."

Oh, please. Every breath drawn by a secular, liberal or MO Jew offends their sensibilities. They exist in a permanent state of moral outrage.

And btw, isn't it interesting that rabbis shtupping little boys doesn't offend their sensibilities?

> Look who haredim are protesting now – Princess Leia

Why? Is Carrie Fisher also in this movie? Because Portman played her mother Princess Amidala.

"Because Portman played her mother Princess Amidala."

And yet, her career survived!

It doesn't matter what the content of the movie is. Lets face it, to these people all movies are 'treif' and a 'bitul zman'. If only they could figure out how to make a couple of shekels out of this film, then it will become 100% glatt kosher.

They complain because they're married to boring Beis Yaakov girls who look nothing like Ms Portman.

OH NO! NOT NATALIE! Leave her alone, people, you hear?!

I can't wait to see her directorial debut. What class and talent at the young age of 32. And, what a sincerely proud Jew. Have you read her interview in the Telegraph about feeling the most Jewish and safe in Israel? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/10401853/Natalie-Portman-interview-for-Thor-A-woman-kicking-ass-isnt-feminist.-Thats-macho.html)

And what about this poetic piece about what she loves about Israel. http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2014/02/what-israel-means-to-natalie-portman.html

Please - LEAVE NATALIE ALONE people. If you do what your Rabbis tell you and keep your head down, there'll be no harm not foul and only interesting Art for the world to soon appreciate.

Is Israel destined to eventually become the Yemen of the Jewish world, if it survives at all? A country marked by religious fundamentalism and poverty? The Jewish taliban will not be silenced.

You don't pay tax. You are a drag on the economy. You think that the country you inhabit owes you, yet you do nothing for it except whine that your daily prayers keep it going. I think you should all leave and form your own country in whatever wasteland will have you. Get the f**k out of Israel as you are not Jews, nor are you really citizens. Citizenship means that you add to a country. A film crew pays a significant amount in order to shoot on location. All the Haredim do is take up space and demand that hardworking Israelis pay them and fight their battles. They would be better consigned to the deep desert, and Israel would have a better economy and a lifestyle that was not affected by these mewling cowards with a culture of entitlement. In other words, Haredim, SHUT UP OR LEAVE!

"Is Israel destined to eventually become the Yemen of the Jewish world, if it survives at all?"

If Netanyahu and his ilk have have their way, yes.

Paint over the windows of those yeshivot and call it a day. Paint over their glasses, too, for double safety. Idiots. They wouldn't know a class act from a hole in the wall.

“The scenes being filmed should have been examined first to make sure they don’t offend anybody’s sensitivities,” haredim reportedly wrote.

Well censorship offends my sensibilities. News flash rabbis. Israel is still a FREE COUNTRY. It’s not a Jewish Iran or Saudi Arabia. That means artists get to shoot any kind of movie they want without consulting religious authorities. In other words haredim – mind your own business !

Stick to the Torah and its wonderful G rated family friendly stories such as… Lot impregnating both his daughters. Judah shtupping his daughter-in-law while thinking she’s a prostitute. Rape of Dinah. Attempted seduction of Joseph by Potiphar’s wife. Israelite men being seduced by Midianite women whom Moses then has killed. Pinchas stabbing a couple dead during intercourse. King David the peeping Tom spying on Bathsheba bathing, then having her husband killed so he can marry her. Solomon’s huge harem etc. etc.
If the Torah were made into a movie it would be rated XXX with extreme violence. But God forbid that Natalie Portman should shoot a movie in their neighborhood.

Wrong two Times !

First, it is Amidala not Leia (I see it is correct now)
Second, Amidala is a queen not a princess

If you are wrong on basic trivia how can we trust you on the Charedi stuff ?

That was my fault. I told him she was a princess.

As for your question - are you fucking kidding me?

Jeff--"And btw, isn't it interesting that rabbis shtupping little boys doesn't offend their sensibilities?"
Monstrosities dont bother them a bit, only whats natural bothers them, in their world wrong is right and right is wrong.

Franklin Clinton –

I never saw the movie.

"I never saw the movie."
Posted by: Shmarya Rosenberg | February 11, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Huh???

turns out you are a heretic after all.

Maybe the haredis would like it better if the movie was child pornography, and filmed at a mikvah.

Haredi Halloween costume. Dirty shirt, unwashed black suit, tzitzit and a cabbage patch doll sewn to the crotch.

Stick to the Torah and its wonderful G rated family friendly stories such as… ...If the Torah were made into a movie it would be rated XXX with extreme violence. But God forbid that Natalie Portman should shoot a movie in their neighborhood.

Allan - That was a comprehensive list & a great post. So very true!

Thank you Abracadabra.

Allan . . . I do not honestly know the detials of every stated incident you have referrenced to from the Torah, but it did make for a very good post. And though i am certain that there are specific contexts within which each incident occurred, your post does serve to remind us that truth is in fact relative.

there is a caricature that is evolving with Heredi behaviour and responses that is easily laughable had they not been so acutely linked to the political power structrure. But even so, i have know individuals with kind of persona and they are often the most interesting people once your are able to get to know them.

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