Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Nittel 2014 - The Reichmann Story - Documentary

An epic tale of the rise and fall of one of the most religious, secretive and fascinating great Jewish families. The Reichmann's were ultra-Orthodox Jews who rose from humble origins to build the greatest real estate empire.

Click Here for our post about one of modern time's greatest philanthropists, Moshe Reichman's passing last year.

Click Here for our special Nittel presentation of past years.

R' Moshe Reichmann Tribute, Produced for the Yeshiva Yesodei Hatorah 2014 Dinner


moshe cohen said...

I watched both videos. The second spoke of his values and accomplishments.

The first (the long one) however, was terrible and mean-spirited. It taught me only of the jealosy of the have-nots.

It spoke of Reichman as someone who the world mistakenly thought of as mysterious, smart and principled, while in reality was a sharp, greedy, and unscrupulous man, gambling on high-risk operations for the fun of it, while using other's (banks) money.

They even have some reform rabbi lecturing on that Reichman's ethics were out of line - had he taken his learning seriously he ought never have filed for bankruptcy...

It is not a worthwhile piece in any parameter, in my humble opinion.

Anonymous said...

The first video was clearly designed to demonize the legacy of a great person. Nobody's perfect, but this documentary angled every aspect of Reb Moishe Reichmann's tznius, philanthropy and business acumen as a contradiction to being an ehrliche Yid. When Reb Moishe zt"l finally went bankrupt, it was because of others' dishonesty, not his own - and they do everything to try and conceal that in this farce they call a documentary. It's really nothing more than a mockumentary created by those who felt the need to lash out at dignity and values in a world largely devoid of such rarities!

moshe cohen said...

Not only was the slant extreme, but I found it strange that none of his sons, or people in his close circle, were interviewed. I can only conclude that they did not want to be part of this farce.
I had a laugh when the 'Rabbi' commented that Reichman ought to have paid the debt ($20 billion) instead of declaring bankruptcy!
By the way, Reichman did not go under because of debt. He went under because of the ribis on it...