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Each year before Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Jews visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. Rodger Kamenetz joined them and brought along a friend: Franz Kafka.
God & Co. is written by Stephen Levinson and Joel Moss Levinson, with animation by Ed Mundy, illustration by Mike Herrod, and music by Craig Hillelson.
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I love all that I have read of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, especially his Tales and the one titled The Emperor and the Wise Man which I am going one day to create a musical play around for ensemble and narrator
This is a lovely video. The combination of illustrations, animation, and voice over worked very well. I can’t wait to read the book.
All those thousands of Jews, and all male?! Touching, but incomplete, wouldn’t you say?
In the only sense tangible Kafka probably had met Reb Nachman, though in bowdlerized form: Martin Buber “translated” (adapted would be a more accurate description) Reb Nachman’s tales into German as his first foray into Hasidic culture, in 1906. Kafka, who subscribed to nearly all the German-Jewish publications of his day, and was thoroughly immersed in the ideologically and culturally diverse German-Jewish milieu of Prague, must surely have encountered Reb Nachman’s stories in this version–at a moment when his own writing style was just beginning to coalesce. I’m not sure I can sign on to the proposition that Kafka is a reincarnation of Reb Nachman, but I would more vigorously argue that he figures among many, many of Reb Nachman’s latter-day, ostensibly secular “Hasidim.” Present company included….
Pretty far-fetched. This guy could probably make any two people appear to be soul-mates. The Dalai Lama and Sarah Palin?
I animated and designed this piece.
I’m glad you all like it.
Esthermiriam – I was given a mountain of material to examine before I began production on this. If there was a single woman at the gathering she was well hidden.
67. I haven’t checked in here for some time because I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)
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