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My wife and I watched both seasons and couldn't agree with you more. As exasperating Shulem was (especially in his upstaging his son at his gallery opening) I couldn't but admire his tenacious faith. Hope I haven't done a "spoiler>"

Exasperating indeed! I was thinking of just that scene when I used the word. I just sort of cringed. And laughed. It's not a comedy but it has a lot of funny moments. I guess that's not too much of a spoiler....

Cheryl watched it and really liked it. Guess I'll have to give it a shot.

That's what you said on the previous post. So get to it! :-)

We have watched three, maybe four episodes and are really enjoying it. I am very impressed with the actress that plays Giti's daughter.


I was too. You've just begun being impressed. :-) I don't necessarily think everything this character does is entirely convincing, but in any case the actress does a fantastic job with it. Glad you're enjoying it. Giti herself is very good, too. I said to Karen at some point "They sure picked an actress who knew how to look unhappy."

Thanks for this insightful piece. You might be interested in the episode by episode analysis I've just published, Reading Shtisel: A TV Masterpiece from Israel. It's along the lines of my study. The Sopranos on the Couch, that Continuum published about 20 years ago. My Shtisel is available at lulu.com, amazon and barnes & noble.

You're welcome. I see your book on Amazon--looks interesting. Btw although you seem to be legitimate I'm getting a security warning from my web browser when I click on your blog link.

I have watched two episodes and Im very frustrated with the young rabbi's romantic failures. If he can't pick up a girl by the end of the third episode, Im out. I can't blame these women not wanting to date a guy whose main project is drawing pictures of animals.

Well, you may as well bail out now and do something else with the 45 minutes or so you would spend on the third episode. Because poor Akive has got a long road ahead of him. I don't think saying that is too much of a spoiler. Especially as I'm doing it for humanitarian reasons. :-)

I agree, it *is* frustrating. But I liked the show a lot anyway.


One of my favourite journalists, 'Peter Simple' (Michael Wharton) used to get on his school report card 'he is passive and lacks initiative'. This rabbi in the TV series is not my favourite rabbi. I don't know what Im going to watch when I finish Season 4 of Better Call Saul, but I don't think Im going back to Shtisel.

Go back and start BCS over again. I'm thinking of doing that, because there's so much I don't remember. Season 4 is good. It's a little sad to get this close to Saul as we knew him in Breaking Bad, though, because we know Kim is not going to be with him, and I really like her.

Yes I feel ridiculously upset about the situation with Kim

I actually watched the first and a bit of the second season of Better Call Saul when I was in NYC in 2015-2016. But I simply couldn't bear seeing Jimmie turn into Saul, and the prospect of Kim and Jimmie/Saul losing one another broke my heart. So I stopped watching. A few months ago I decided to start again. I couldn't remember much so I started again in Season 1. Now I am a little way into Season 4 and Im reconciled to the break up. As Kim says, she is now deep into 'sunk costs fallacy.' She *has* to drop him and move on with her life. I could even live with her marrying Howard at this point :)

Considering the way things generally went in Breaking Bad, there's no reason to expect a happy ending.

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