Oscar and Us

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We fared pretty well. Munich received no awards. Paradise Now didn’t either. The Palestinian cause will have to content itself with the cash of misguided Hollywood Jews, but not their statuettes.

Brokeback did not become Picture of the Year, and received far fewer awards than it was nominated for.

The greatest positive news was an Oscar for the single frum movie.

No, Ushpizin was not a contender.

The frum movie was The March of the Penguins, which won the best documentary award. It was about the running of a marathon in Lakewood, NJ.

Not really, but I couldn’t resist. The March of the Penguins, seriously, is a film that believers in G-d should not miss. It was recommended to me by a major talmid chacham whose rebbetzin conspired to have him view it. He loved it, and urged it upon others. The film is full of beauty, pathos, and most of all awe for G-d’s Wisdom in Creation. The viewer cannot help but be moved by the many wonders it uncovers, like the unsolved mystery of how the penguins find their way back – mutiple times – to a particular patch of ice in that desolate but constantly changing environment, and the ability of these birds to survive the brutal winds and cold that they stand up against – literally – with nothing more than the protection G-d provides them with.

Most importantly, it is a humbling lesson in the capacity of beings to give in order to assure the survival of the next generation. It will certainly not convert the non-believers who have their own explanation of these phenomena. But those of us who understand G-d’s handiwork in crafting Creation will leave the film with even more love for Him, and more resolve to be better parents.

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10 Responses

  1. Howard says:

    “It was recommended to me by a major talmid chacham whose rebbetzin conspired to have him view it”

    Can I go out on a limb and guess that this talmid chochom went to YU, Ner Israel or Chofetz Chaim?

    Well I guess I know which three Yeshivot to choose from for my sons.

  2. David says:

    I don’t understand your statement that “It will certainly not convert the non-believers who have their own explanation of these phenomena.” Surely we would agree with whatever their naturalistic explanation of these phenomena is. The only difference is that we take certain lessons and inspiration from it.

  3. DovBear says:

    “We fared pretty well.”

    We?? What do you mean “we?”

  4. Sona says:

    If you can not find it for sale locally, try the Penguin Place on Waters Street in Brooklyn.

  5. Anonymous in LA says:

    When my daughter returns from seminary, this looks like a good rental. Thanks for the tip.

  6. Jewish Observer says:

    “It was recommended to me by a major talmid chacham whose rebbetzin conspired to have him view it”

    Can I go out on a limb and guess that this talmid chochom went to YU, Ner Israel or Chofetz Chaim?

  7. mb says:

    Rabbi Adlerstein,
    You are funny.! Indeed a great movie. Should have won for best actor, too!How about wardrobe?

  8. Steve Brizel says:

    we saw The March of the Penguins. It is a great musssar haskel ( moral lesson) for anyone involved in
    shidduch dating!

  9. Joel Rich says:

    Dear R’Adlerstein,
    Perhaps I’m being overly analytical but I couldn’t help but wonder about the sentence “It was recommended to me by a major talmid chacham whose rebbetzin conspired to have him view it”. Was there a misimpression you sought to avoid by including this seemingly extraneous information?
    KT

  10. Perplexed says:

    Where is one able to get a hold of this film The March of the Penguins