There is a difference between a Talmud Professor who teaches at a University in slacks and a sweater and a Talmud Rabbi who teaches in a Yeshiva. University Talmud Professors teach Talmud for intellectual reasons. Yeshiva Rabbis teach Talmud because they believe in g-d, follow g-d's commandments and laws, and and pass Talmud down from generation to generation. In other words university Talmud Professors are secular and Yeshiva Talmud Professors are Religious. American Jews need to know the difference. It is easier for a university professor to put on a gas mask than a yeshiva rabbi; as we learned in the first war with Iraq. The Yeshiva rabbis had to create a new law allowing the Religious Jews to cut their beards to allow a gas mask to fit on their faces. The university Talmud Professor most likely has a short beard to begin with so he does not have to cut his beard. Moreover, the Yeshiva Rabbi makes the new law, allowing the beard to be cut, not the university Talmud Professor. Therefore, Hollywood Jews and American Jews need to see the movie so they can know about the true reality in Israel. Israel is not America. In Israel reality is far different than in the United States. American Jews need to understand this reality, and I think if they see the film Footnote, they'll comprehend what I've stated in this talkback. I believe they will be able to understand the realities of everyday life in Israel and the underlying footnote of the humane nature and goodness of all Israelis; whether they are secular or religious. Israel is the light of nations. What would the world be like without Israel? There would be not more religion in the West. America and Europe would lose their g-d, No more christmas, no more hannukah, no more morals, ethics, humanity. Footnote is essential for American Jews to understand. I hope it wins the award. We can all be proud if it does.
from the article: Hollywood's Jews need to see Israel's 'Footnote,' Oscar or no