Skip to main content

Movie Night: חיים יקרים / Precious Life

imageDate night!  Yes, I know, we never have date nights, but this was in honour of our anniversary.  We actually went out for – get this! – dinner AND a movie!  AND a bookstore – it’s like my dream date! 

We ate at Bistro Grande, then proceeded to the nice big Chapters location in Bayview Village, where we had over an hour to browse (yay!  I wander the aisles writing down book titles, then come home and reserve them from the library).  Then we headed over to the movie and got a parking space right on Yonge Street in front of the theatre.

The movie is called "חיים יקרים" - “Precious Life.”  Dumb title, but it is easily the most balanced piece of journalism I have seen coming out of that region.  I thought it was a beautiful movie – no easy answers, maybe no answers at all, but very, very human.

It's about an Israeli journalist and doctor struggling to save the life of an Arab baby from Gaza - even after the mother says she'd be proud if he grew up to be a Shahid, a suicide bomber.  There are some tough conversations in the movie, but mostly it's about saving this baby - and what kind of life he'll have once he recovers.

I teared up twice:  Once when the Israeli doctor said “maybe he and my son won’t play together; maybe their sons won’t play together, but our grandchildren will play together.”  Amen.  And again, when the mother is talking after the recent war in Gaza about how she wasn’t afraid.  “I lived with Jews for six or seven months and I knew they wouldn’t do anything to hurt me.”  Amen, Amen.

A scene of baby Muhammed, not even a year old, lying alone on a gurney, stuck in a bleak concrete corridor in the Gaza checkpoint, critically ill and screaming, while his mother and Israeli authorities presumably deal with the bureaucracy associated with saving his life is heartbreaking. 

Yet an earlier scene showing an explosion in the checkpoint itself demonstrates that there is good reason behind the authorities’ caution, even when the life of a child is at stake. 

And both sides’ absolute certainty of their right to Jerusalem is chilling.  Just palpably, frighteningly chilling.  Both the journalist, Shlomi Eldar, and the baby’s mother, facing off, angry but smiling, refusing to budge, because they are both so sure they are right.

imageIn another scene, Muhammed’s parents celebrate as he experiences a sudden turnaround for the better, just as fireworks begin to go off for Yom HaAtzmaut.  Earlier that day, they had been sitting outside as sirens sounded for Yom HaZikaron, to commemorate the fallen soldiers.  They had no idea what the sirens were for; they have very little idea of anything to do with Israel or Judaism.

One thinks, “if only they knew,” but then again, maybe not.

Like I said, no answers, but lots of questions.  Some victories, some defeats, and ultimately, a well-crafted piece of journalism, a story about humanity, two nations struggling to survive. 

As the doctor in the movie describes the bone marrow transplant that may save Muhammed’s life, “a struggle between the two elements which must live side by side.  And each has its hopes and ambitions. But if they co-exist, they’ll survive.”

Popular posts from this blog

לימודי קודש/Limudei Kodesh Copywork & Activity Printables

Welcome to my Limudei Kodesh / Jewish Studies copywork and activity printables page.  As of June 2013, I am slowly but surely moving all my printables over to 4shared because Google Docs / Drive is just too flaky for me. What you’ll find here: Weekly Parsha Copywork More Parsha Activities More Chumash / Tanach Activities Yom Tov Copywork & Activities Tefillah Copywork Pirkei Avos / Pirkei Avot Jewish Preschool Resources Other printables! For General Studies printables and activities, including Hebrew-English science resources and more, click here . For Miscellaneous homeschool helps and printables, click here . If you use any of my worksheets, activities or printables, please leave a comment or email me at Jay3fer “at” gmail “dot” com, to link to your blog, to tell me what you’re doing with it, or just to say hi!  If you want to use them in a school, camp or co-op setting, please email me (remove the X’s) for rates. If you just want to say Thank You, here’s a

Hebrew/ עברית & English General Studies Printables

For Jewish Studies, including weekly parsha resources and copywork, click here . If you use any of my worksheets, activities or printables, please leave a comment or email me at Jay3fer “at” gmail “dot” com, to link to your blog, to tell me what you’re doing with it, or just to say hi!  If you want to use them in a school, camp or co-op setting, please email me (remove the X’s) for rates. If you enjoy these resources, please consider buying my weekly parsha book, The Family Torah :  the story of the Torah, written to be read aloud – or any of my other wonderful Jewish books for kids and families . English Worksheets & Printables: (For Hebrew, click here ) Science :  Plants, Animals, Human Body Math   Ambleside :  Composers, Artists History Geography Language & Literature     Science General Poems for Elemental Science .  Original Poems written by ME, because the ones that came with Elemental Science were so awful.  Three pages are included:  one page with two po

Ancient Auction Secret: If Chinese auctions are racist, why do Jews love them so much?

Ah, Jews, Jews, Jews, Jews.  You sure do love your Chinese auctions, don’t you? It seems that even in an era of political correctness, within certain circles, this term just will not die . And frankly, I’m mortified. I’m not Chinese, but I have family who is Chinese.  Some are Korean, as well.  I guess this makes us more ethnically diverse than many Jews, but I suspect most Jewish families are moving in this direction.  Still.  Even if we don’t know a single Chinese person, we should still stop calling it that. First of all… is it actually racist to call it a Chinese auction? I figured I’d let Chinese people decide.  But when I turned to Google to find out how Chinese people feel about Chinese auctions, what I found was mostly… nothing.  Silence.  I did find some debate (presumably among non-Chinese people) over whether it was too far in the direction of political correctness to refer to these as a “silent auction” or (as in some parts of the States) a “tricky tray.”  (Ok