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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Gesher Tzar Meod - A True Story - The Klatzko Family

Composed and Performed by Rabbi Benzion Klatzko
Child soloist - Luzy Klatzko
Arranged by Yisroel Ament

A Fondu Production

Written, Directed and Produced by Itai Joseph
Director of Photography - Nicholas Pietroniro
Production Designer - Cyrus Howlett
Gaffers - Anthony Berenato Jr. and Nicholas Kral
Editor - Kenneth Dwyer
A Shabbat.com Film (www.Shabbat.com

Is remaining an Orthodox Jew worth the trouble? Unfortunately, not according to some who have left Torah Judaism, turning their backs on our communities, using their pens and creativity to paint an ugly, clownish picture of Klal Yisroel.

But it was not always so. Many years ago, when keeping shabbos was nearly impossible, employment meant a 6 day work week. Those who chose to keep shabbos found themselves looking for a new job every Monday. Many couldn't withstand this difficult challenge and desecrated Shabbos to feed their families. But there were many that did. Those special people not only sacrificed to keep Torah and Judaism alive within their family, but lived long enough to see their children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren remain devoted and inspired to live true Torah lives.

Rabbi Klatzko, who composed and performed the background track with his son, Luzy, chose to use the words of Rabbi Nachman M’Breslev, “The whole world is a very narrow bridge.” It can be frightening and depressing and often disappointing. But that same bridge gets us from one side to the other safely. It is Torah and Shabbos. This is what we mean when we say “Orthodox.”

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