January 11, 2007
‘Zorro’s Bar Mitzvah’ documents the real rite of passage
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"What it means to me is that he is becoming a man," he says of Tom. "And for me personally it is very important, because I was raised as a Christian and confirmed, and I can't remember it at all."
We see Christian later at the Kotel full of pride as Tom performs his Torah portion. Tom's down-to-earth celebration outdoors in Israel serves as another reminder of Jewish diversity.
If there is anything missing from "Zorro," it is the translation of the Hebrew religious passages spoken in the film. It would be nice for Jews and non-Jews to get the meaning of what these new adults are saying.
Other than that omission, the film is a delightful snapshot of Jewish life within one European city, where Jewish traditions thrive, despite their near destruction during the Holocaust.
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