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Shekinah - The Intimate Life of Hasidic Women
Shekinah - The Intimate Life of Hasidic Women
May 2, 2014

Director: Abbey Jack Neidik
Producers: Abbey Jack Neidik and Irene Lilienheim Angelico.
Executive Prodiucer: Mushka Lightstone
Shekinah: The Intimate Life of Hasidic Women is a feature documentary that takes us into the rarefied world of young Hasidic women living what some consider an 18th-century way of life in 21st century Québec. The women are Chabad Lubavitch, a sect of Orthodox Hasidim, one of the more conservative branches of Judaism today.

With unprecedented access, Shekinah explores the perspectives of these young women from school age through courtship and marriage. Their relationships with men are based on the Kabbalah, the mystical aspect of Judaism. They see God as both masculine and feminine, and marriage as pre-ordained in heaven. The laws of Torah affect almost everything they do, and still their lives are filled with great passion. They explain why “kosher” sex, with all its complex divine commandments, is as intense and blissful as Eastern Tantric practices, and why they see themselves as more liberated than most women today. Their revelations break many long-standing stereotypes and unveil the secrets of this mysterious women’s world.

Shekinah also explores the evolving relationships of these young women with the greater Jewish and non-Jewish communities — from both perspectives. We see how tolerance develops and misconceptions dissolve, as both sides learn about each other and come to open their hearts and minds.

Premiere screenings to take place at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on May 12 followed by panel discussions at 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm.

Theatrical play dates in Toronto at the Carlton and Elgin Mills Cinemas May 16 - 22, 2014.