Ushpizin | 2005

Drama, Comedy
A comedy drama, set in the customarily closed world of ultra-Orthodox Jews, centering on a religious couple experiencing financial difficulties, until a "miracle" takes place in their lives.

Cast

... Moshe Bellanga

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... Malli Bellanga

Actor

... Eliyahu Scorpio

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... Yossef

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... Ben Baruch

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... Gabai

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Company

Eddie King Ltd

Production Company

Gilgamesh Productions

Production Company

Synopsis

As the festive holiday of Succoth approaches, big hearted Moshe Bellanga, a devoutly religious man and a member of the Breslau Chasidim, finds himself broke--a self describes "lump of sadness." Moshe doesn't have the money to scrape together a Succah, a temporary dwelling religious Jews stay in during the festival to commemorate the time of Exodus; nor does he have the means to purchase the four plant species, upon which devout Jews are commanded to make blessings during the holiday. The most important species, the citron, is considered a blessing for having male children. To further his struggles, Moshe has been married to his wife, Malli, for five years and they are still childless. With financial struggles abound and mounting sadness that their immediate family is not expanding, they pray for help, and end up receiving an anonymous gift of $1,000 from a local charity organization--they take it as a holiday miracle. Moshe quickly uses the money to purchase a citron believed to be the most perfect in all of Jerusalem, as well as decorate a seemingly abandoned Succah. However, instead of this money simply being a "miracle," it ultimately leads to the arrival of two suspect strangers, with criminal pasts, appearing on their doorstep.

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