'Menashe': A Hasid Grows In Brooklyn

This sweetly funny tale of a recently widowed Orthodox Jew struggling to care for his son offers a humane and sympathetic view of life in a Hasidic enclave.
Menashe Lustig as Menashe, a grocery store clerk fighting to maintain custody of his son Rieven (Ruben Niborski). Source: Wehkamp Photography

The British playwright Alan Bennett once remarked that people are more interesting when they are trying to be good than when they are being bad. That's certainly true of Menashe, a recently widowed Orthodox Jew struggling to raise his young son alone in a Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn. Though he can be a religious dogmatist when it comes to others, Menashe errs

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