Chareidi producer Esti Waserman-Karniel was shocked by a secular film about chareidi women which put them in a negative light. In one scene, a woman she knows was interviewed next to the neighbor’s messy hanging laundry. Yet Waserman-Kaniel knew that the woman generally hung her washed clothes in a beautiful back yard. Obviously, the film was rigged.
She produced a short film of her own titled, The Chareidiyot, in which five chareidi working mothers explain why raising frum families is the most meaningful joy in life even if it cuts into successful careers.
“This is the exact difference between a Jewish woman and women worldwide,” lecturer and communications worker Miri Shneurson says in the film. “The Jewish woman has a responsibility for the future of the Jewish people… Take women who have a career without any restrictions, with great working conditions, the chance to realize their dreams and passions, and ask them at the end of the day, ‘when you come home, what gives you nachas’.”
The answer to her question is provided by another hero of the film, wedding dress designer Mushki Riskin who has this to say: “This is the joy of my life that my children come and say to me with a hug, ‘Ima, we love you.’ Is there anything better than that in life?”
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel